April 30, 1936 – July 9, 2007
Walter was married to Marie Schoenthal for 17 years and later to Donna Delorme. He was a loving and devoted father to six children – Neil, Crystal, Curtis, Memorie and Myron. He was a proud Grandfather to 9 grandchildren and Great Grandfather to 1 great grandchild. Walter was predeceased by his parents Orville and Mary.
Walter lived in Regina, Saskatchewan all of his 71 years. In 1952 at the age of 16, he joined the Royal Canadian Army which brought him to Germany to help with the post-war efforts for the 1st division headquarters. This career unfortunately ended when his leg was injured by a truck while on duty which brought him back to Regina. Following a couple of years as a class 1 driver, he began to become very active with the local Aboriginal community. Walter joined the Métis Society of Saskatchewan in 1961, which led him to become one of the first Area Directors for the organization, through which he helped establish what is now known as MACSI.
Walter was a founding member of the NAFC and the Saskatchewan Association of Friendship Centres (SAFC)and served as the Executive Director of the Regina Friendship Centre. After his retirement, he was appointed to the Senate of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC).
Senator Walter Schoenthal was a proud Métis man and honoured Veteran. He was deeply committed to his work and involvement with the Friendship Centre Movement. He contributed many years of his life to the Métis Nation and the Friendship Centre Movement.
Senator Walter Schoenthal will always be remembered for his huge white cowboy hat that he wore proudly at all Friendship Centre meetings.