FIFE LAKE — Walter Julian Golba, a World War II veteran, passed away peacefully at the age of 91 on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. His remarkable life began on April 22, 1921, in Detroit, as the eldest child born to immigrant parents, Irene Lukwinska and Julian Golba.
In 1942 Walter married his lifelong love, Vivian Dubovitz, and together they enjoyed 69 years of marriage before she passed away in 2011.
During World War II Walter was drafted into the U.S. Army and fought with the 38th Infantry Division in the Philippines. He earned a Bronze Star along with other military medals acknowledging his meritorious role in infantry combat.
Walter graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School and completed an apprenticeship in metallurgy at the Ford Apprentice School.
After returning home from war he worked at the Ford Motor Company while simultaneously pursuing his passion for art at the Meinzinger Art School. He became a city inspector and eventually painted public signs for the city of Dearborn.
Family and faith were highly important to Walter, and he embraced life with unyielding love, courage, humor, and a strong work ethic. His creative, intelligent soul continues to shine through his oil paintings, antique furniture restorations and personal writings.
Walter was preceded in death by his wife, parents and younger siblings, Victor Golba and Irene (Golba) Martin.
He is survived by his children, Gary Golba, Lance Golba and Julianne (Golba) Muniz; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.