Walter was born near Watrous, Saskatchewan to Ferdinand and Mabel (Waldner) Hoppe. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to the Welland district, near Nipawin, where he attended school. He went to British Columbia as a young man to work on construction with his half-brother Fred. After returning to Nipawin, he worked for Peifer Dairy Farms, the Rural Telephone Company, Pepsi, and Boughen Nurseries. He also helped his father-in-law and half-brother Willy farm, and helped his brother Bruce care for his animals on the farm.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing (he really enjoyed fresh fish Jim and Shirley Whyley would provide) in his younger days, usually with brothers or other relatives. Gardening and playing cards were true passions, and he spent the last afternoon of the day he had the heart attack playing Kaiser at the River Inn. He played regularly at the Legion and enjoyed bus trips to the PA Casino.
He tried gardening again this past summer with help from his grandson, great grand-daughter Charlee, and neighbour Eli, but after falling and not able to get up on his own he decided that he had to give that up. He took great pride in his flowers — especially lilies.
Family was important — especially the little ones — Charlee became his legs and knew how he liked his coffee. He enjoyed having Baron, Eileen and Shamar living in the same house but when he had enough he would say "time to go to the basement".
He was predeceased by his daughter Eileen, his parents, his in-laws Glenn and Gerry Mattoon, all of his brothers Arthur, Daniel, and Bruce; his half-brothers Karl (Charlie), August, Ferdinand (Fred), Emil, Henry, William and Edward; half-sisters Rosa, Minnie (Frisky), Mary, and Anna (Sammit); and brothers-in-law Rollie Morris, Arthur Perrin, Rick Malmgren, Walter Dreger and Harvey Detbrenner.
He leaves to remember him his wife Verda (Mattoon); his sisters Lydia (Dreger), Irene (Detbrenner) and Gladys (Waldbillig); his son Glenn and granddaughter Grace; daughter Andrée (Heidi); Eileen’s sons Dustin (Stacy), Bradley, and Andrew; great-grandchildren Charlee, Koree, Baron, Eileen and Shemar; and numerous other family and friends.