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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three brothers, originally from Columbia City, reunited last week for a chance to relive some childhood memories.
Jim, Dick and John Walter, affectionately known as â€śThe Walter Boys,â€ť grew up in Columbia City, but life has taken them outside of town. Sitting in the backyard of Dickâ€™s home on West Lincolnway, the threesome shared some of their favorite memories of growing up in the area.
â€śItâ€™s been two years since we got together,â€ť Dick said. â€śThis is wonderful.â€ť
Dick, 95; Jack, 90 and Jim, 82, may have had age take a toll on some of their physical abilities, but spunk and tenacity still runs deep among the three. Upbringing and hard work are what the three attribute their longevity.
â€śWe were raised right,â€ť said Jack. â€śWe knew how to work and how to live. Mom and Dad gave us two things â€“ a good work ethic and a full head of hair.â€ť
Both Jim and Dick are Purdue University graduates with degrees in mechanical engineering. The brothers served in the U.S. Airforce. Jack suffered from a childhood injury that made him medically ineligible to serve his country.
â€śI got hit with an arrow in my eye,â€ť Jack said. â€śI have a glass eye so they wouldnâ€™t let me in the service. I donâ€™t know why. I think I wouldâ€™ve made a fine soldier.â€ť
Remembering Columbia City from their childhood, Jack said the area was not as industrious.
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