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“Walt was my mentor, friend and I always looked upon him as a big brother. Being around him was always like being in the sun. My regret is that I did...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Merton Reynolds - Tucson, AZ

“Extending my condolences to Viola and the entire Portwood family. We were neighbors for years & I can still hear Walt's laughter in my head- it was...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Ann (Gorsh) Schulte - Iowa City, IA

“Walt so sorry for your Loss. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Kopf - Iowa City, IA


“sorry for your loss.... ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: bob dane - iowa city, IA - friend

“To all the family, you have our deepest sympathy. What a great guy, he always put a smile on my face, we will miss him dearly. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Doug & Sandy Owens

“I'm very sorry to hesr of your loss. You all have my deepest heart felt sympathy. William Sedlacek ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: William Sedlacek - Iowa City, IA

“You all have my deepest heart felt sympathy and this time of your loss. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: William Sedlacek - Iowa City, IA

“I always enjoyed the Portwood Reunions when I was little Dad and Walt would always tell so many funny stories of their younger times. Some say Walt...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Kay (Kopf) Burr - Vinton, IA

“we are so sorry of your loss. Love you all Russell Bonnie Stagg ”
10 of 16 | Posted by: A friend

“I am so sorry to hear of Walt's passing. Keep the wonderful memories in your heart. ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Rene

“Sharon and family, I am very sorry for your loss. God bless. ”
12 of 16 | Posted by: karen eakes - iowa city, IA

“Always enjoyed getting the mis-dialed cell phone calls from Uncle Walt...he would laugh and say Danny I didn't call you did I? We would chat about...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Dan Portwood - Park City, UT

“All the Portwoods were like family to me, and Walt was the happy-go-lucky 'big brother' that I much needed then and greatly appreciated. Much of my...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Merton Reynolds - Tucson, AZ

“Always a kind gentle old soul. Grandma Helen Richerson always told great stories about him I will never forget. He always had a smile and a question...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Sharmi Kaefring-Oyarzun - IA

“We are holding you up in prayer. May God's love and fond memories comfort you at this sad time. God bless you all in his love. ”
16 of 16 | Posted by: Rosi Klemmensen - Cedar Falls, IA

Walter E. Portwood, 87, died suddenly Sunday, December 6, 2015, at his rural Oxford home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Friday, December 11, 2015, at the Oxford United Methodist Church, with burial to follow at the Oxford Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm Thursday at the church in Oxford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Walt's memory to the First Responders or to the Oxford United Methodist Church. Online condolences for his family can be posted through the funeral home website @

Walter Elmer Portwood was born May 21, 1928, in rural Oxford, the son of James and Lena (Kopf) Portwood. He married Viola M. Kriz on May 21, 1949, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Walt was been a farmer since he was old enough to farm, he had it in his blood, and he s loved the land his entire life. In addition to farming, he enjoyed coon hunting, traveling with Viola, Blue Grass Festivals, and of course the trait of always figuring with his numbers. Walt loved to visit with his friends and always had a story or two to share. But most dear to his heart was his family, he loved the fact that most of them were so near he and Viola!

His family includes his wife, Viola; their children, Walter R. Portwood (Linda), Elaine Gunzenhauser (Terry), Russell Portwood (Cindy Maher), Sharon Donohoe, and Debbie Malone (Wayne); his grandchildren, Tim Portwood (Jenny), Robin Beard (Will), Mindy Portwood, Brian Portwood (Ashley Smith), Kevin Gunzenhauser, Tracy Andes (Chad Brown), Adam Donohoe, Chrissy Osmundson (Rob) and Aimee Malone; and his great-grandchildren, Tyler, Lydia, Dylan, Wyatt, Piper, Reece, Rogan, Hallie, Deakon, Zoe, Izabel, Gavin and Norah; and Walt's brother, Ivan Portwood and many nieces & nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 siblings, James Portwood, Emily "Dolly" Vana, and Helen Richerson.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Walter's family and his arrangements.