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Obituary for Walter Neal Ague

October 20, 1939 - January 7, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 79


Walter Neal Ague of San Antonio, Texas died on January 7, 2019 at the age of 79. Walter was born in Buffalo, New York to Paul S. and Elizabeth Slaughter Ague on October 20, 1939. His father worked for railroads and newspapers in Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Texas. He was a member of the Denison High School Class of 1957 and graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas in 1961. It was at Austin College that Walter met Susan Roberts, whom he married on May 20, 1963. They were married for over 54 years until Susan's passing in 2018.

In his 27-year career in the US Air Force, Walter earned his way from enlisted airman to Lieutenant Colonel. He was stationed at numerous locations throughout the United States and worldwide; Bangkok, Thailand, Washington, D.C. (where he was on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), Osan and Seoul, South Korea, and SHAPE, Belgium (Chief of Protocol). His final Air Force assignment was Inspector General at Lackland AFB. This brought him back to a city he had first delighted in as a paperboy in high school when he won an award trip from Denison to San Antonio.

Walter always viewed his Air Force service with pride and satisfaction. Upon his retirement in 1987, he chose to continue in public service. He earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from UTSA, an institution that he would support and remain involved with for the rest of his life.

Between 1989 and 2018, Walter served in a wide range of positions focused on local government and planning. He brought his intelligence and organizational skills to the assistance of City Council including Bonnie Conner (as Chief of Staff), Justin Rodriguez (Chief of Staff), Reed Williams, Art Hall, and Ron Nirenberg, as well as Mayors Ed Garza (Chief of Staff) and Ivy Taylor.

Walter played a key role as a Coordinator for the San Antonio Parks Foundation where he helped to establish the volunteer group "Friends of the Parks." He was commended for his work on the City Library Board, Joint City/County Citizens Bond Oversight Commission, and Work Force Development. Walter focused much of his energy on the Comprehensive City Plan for San Antonio to help guide the City into the future. He contributed greatly towards future growth through the Alamo Workforce Development Board, the Alamo Community College District; the Urban Systemic Initiative, the School-to-Work Program, the Tech-Prep Initiative, and the Alamo Area Council of Governments.

Walter enjoyed two rich and fulfilling public service careers. However, he found his greatest joy in his marriage to Susan and the family they created together. Walter is survived by his children: Paul S. Ague II (Diana), Neal R. Ague (Brenda), Eleanor S. Deaton (Robin), Elizabeth S. Kinney (Brent), and nine beloved grandchildren: Alexandra, Jacob, Cole, Sam, Eleanor, Reid, Mason, Jackson, and Rowan. He is also survived by his sister Sara Hendricker.

An Inurnment Ceremony will be held at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 2:00pm on March 8th, 2019. A Memorial Service is scheduled at Porter Loring North (2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232) at 2:00pm on March 9th, 2019 followed by a reception for family and friends.

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