John G. Walter

May 25, 1959 ‒ January 01, 2017

North Fort Meyers, Florida
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

Obituary for
John Graling Walter “Cowboy”

NORTH FORT MEYERS, FL: John Graling Walter passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Sunday, January 1, 2017 in his North Fort Meyers home. He was 57.

John was born May 25, 1959 in Mansfield, Ohio to Roy & Grace (Vanderbilt) Walter and graduated from Lexington High School in 1978.

Known as “Cowboy” almost anywhere he went, he could always be seen wearing his Stetson hat, a t-shirt, and black jeans and drinking iced tea from his Tupperware cup. When he walked in a room, John commanded respect and everyone enjoyed listening to his fantastic stories that he always had plenty of.  John’s parents were his role models -especially his father- even though he was a mama’s boy, and he was dedicated to their care. He still had a hand in caring for his 92 year old father of whom he aspired to be like in every way possible.

John moved to Florida 15 years ago and for the past 10 years he worked as a manager at Hustlers Sport Bar & Pool Hall in Cape Coral. Everyone at Hustlers and Fishbones were like a second family to him. He had formed lifelong bonds with some amazing people and had such an impact on many lives working there. He was much more than just a manager he was a second father/uncle/grandfather/brother and mentor to so many.

John was a member of the VFW, Moose Lodge, and the AMVETS, belonging to groups both in Ohio and Florida. He was a strong family man and dearly loved his three girls and all his grandkids who knew him as “Papaw Florida” and “Papaw Woody.” On his many trips up to Ohio they would all gather together and go out to eat every day and he enjoyed showing them off to everyone he could telling them all “Them’s my babies!” He had a big part in raising more than just his own children. He had a hand in raising his niece and nephew Tara and Shevan Walter as well as another niece and nephew Gary “Wayne” Parrish and Joy Gray.

He enjoyed listening to oldies and classic rock music. John was proud of his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle that was almost identical to what his father had previously owned. He would go riding with his leather vest, long hair pulled back and long beard blowing in the wind.  He may have had a tough exterior but he was such a gentle kind man. He had a Shih Tzu dog named “Killer” that he got from his oldest daughter that he rode on that bike with him and he was like another child to him. He was always seen carrying around his crown royal bag full of dog treats and necessities for Killer everywhere he went.  His friends and family will remember him as a caring and loving person and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands: Johnna & Bobby Young, Jennifer & Eric Robinson, and Brook & Jeremiah Bebout all of Mansfield; grandchildren: Nikolas, Logan, Riley, Landyn, Gracie, Brynlee, Ashton, Mason, Aleigha, Jenna, and Jaxson; siblings and their spouses: Valerie Walter, Terry & Ellen Walter, Paula & Kenny Clagg, and Roy “Alex” & Debbie Walter; his first love, (ex)wife and good friend (mother of their three daughters) Debbie Smith of Mansfield; second (ex)wife Bobette Jaynes and her two boys Kent Fackelman and Nik Fackelman; numerous nieces and nephews; his “second family” at Hustlers and Fishbones; and of course his Shih Tzu dog, Killer.

In addition to his mother Grace Walter, John was preceded in death by a brother, Daryl “Bud” Walter.

Friends may call 1-3 and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 10, 2017 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service celebrating his life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Jim Streib will be officiating and burial will follow at the Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to benefit his final expenses (please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes) may be made at his services.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve John’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them below.

Legacy Touch fingerprint
PIN number for John:
Place an order by visiting

  • Rest in Peace our Friend & Brother ~ No words can express the loss we both feel. See you on the other side ~ God willing XOX

    Patty & Phil Fraser

  • Johnna and Brooke,
    Although I never had the honor of meeting your father I can tell he was an amazing man, he sure did raise 2 wonderful daughters I know of!!!! There is no love like a grandpa’s love for his grand babies! Our condolences in your time of sorrow!!!

  • RIP John Thanks for your friendship for so many years you will be missed greatly by all Cowboy Jill Angelini