Cover photo for Walter Jann's Obituary
1940 Walter 2018

Walter Jann

May 1, 1940 — September 2, 2018

Walter Phillip Jann, age 78 years of Niles, Michigan died peacefully at 1:50 p.m. on Sunday, September 2, 2018 while hearing the Lord’s Prayer with family and friends who were gathered around at Woodland Terrace of Longmeadow in Niles following an extended illness.

He was born on May 1, 1940 in Niles to Walter L. and Blanche (Montgomery) Jann. He graduated from Niles High School in 1958, and had attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He began a career as a clerk at the Niles Branch Office of the United States Postal Service; serving for a total of forty-four years prior to retirement. Walter also served in the United States Army Military Police, mostly in Puerto Rico, and was Honorably Discharged as a Veteran of the Viet Nam Era.

Walt was an active member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Niles, being a devout Christian, he shared his faith with all who would listen. He had a great interest in history, traveling to historic sites – often battlefields, and collecting Native American artifacts. He was an avid philatelic collector and enjoyed HO scale model railroad cars. He was well known for telling jokes, and had a fresh joke every Sunday to share at church. His greatest joy was his family.

On August 18, 1962 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church he married the former Bette Jean Nimtz, with whom he celebrated the forty-first anniversary of their wedding prior to her death on February 4, 2004. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Surviving family includes his daughters, Sherri Lynn (& David) Wuischpard of Osceola, Indiana and Christine Kay (& Michael) Hilfinger of Richmond, Texas; grandchildren Lauren Hilfinger, Alex Wuischpard, Peyton Hilfinger and Parker Hilfinger; Walt’s siblings, Eleanor (& William) Hassinger of Edwardsburg, Michigan and John (& Lucy) Jann of Niles; several nieces and nephews; and his companion, Lorelei Smith of Niles and her children, Cheri (& Don) Hughes, Lonnie Smith, Todd (& Mandy Smith) Smith, and Timothy (& Darlene) Smith.

The funeral service for Walter Jann will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1340 Sycamore Street in Niles with the Rev. Joseph T. Liss of the church officiating. Committal Rites will follow at the Sumnerville (Michigan) Cemetery, and will conclude with the Full Military Honors by the United States Army Honor Guard and American Legion Post #51 of Buchanan, Michigan.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles; and on Friday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Contributions in memory of Walt may be made to Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church,; or to the Berrien County Cancer Service, Online condolences may be left at:

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Walter Jann, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, September 6, 2018

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Halbritter Wickens Funeral Home

615 E Main St, Niles, MI 49120

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Friday, September 7, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Saint Paul's Lutheran Church

1340 Sycamore St, Niles, MI 49120

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Graveside Service

Friday, September 7, 2018

Starts at 12:15 pm (Eastern time)

Sumnerville Cemetery

Pokagon Hwy, Niles, MI 49120

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 18

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree