Walter F. “Walt” Cohee Jr., 71, of Mardela Springs, Md., passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Md. He was born on Feb. 23, 1947, in Cambridge, Md., a son of the late Walter F. Cohee Sr. and Alice Wheatley Cohee.
Cohee graduated from North Dorchester High School, with the Class of 1965, before proudly serving his country in the U.S. Air Force. His memberships included American Legion Post 218 in Sharptown, Md.; the Marine Corps League of Salisbury (Md.); Yellow Ribbon Society of Cincinnati, Ohio; Wounded Warriors of Sharptown; Toys for Tots; Operation We Care; and Heroes Haven. He was a lifetime member of the Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company, where he served in various capacities through the years.
Cohee retired from work as a machine mechanic for Delmarva Power, in Vienna, Md., and at Indian River near Millsboro, after 37 years of service.
He especially enjoyed working on the James Harding farm. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially deer hunting and spending time at the beach. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast who supported many veterans’ causes by participating in various rides. All who knew Cohee will remember his contagious smile, warm hugs, good stories and his overall love for people.
In addition to his parents, Cohee was preceded in death by his son, Staff Sgt. Walter F. “Trae” Cohee III; a brother, Michael R. Cohee; his mother-in-law, Pauline Powell; and father-in-law, Ollie Powell. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Powell Cohee of Mardela Springs; a son, Kris Cohee of Mardela Springs; grandchildren, Marina Cohee, Christy Lathy, Alyssa Rivera and Sophia Rivera, all of Mardela Springs; a sister-in-law, Courtney Davis of Baltimore; and special friends, the Hardings of Rhodesdale, the Catlins and the Donohoes of Mardela Springs, and Mike “The Watermelon Man” of Florida.
A funeral service will be held at the Mardela Springs Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at noon, with visitation for family and friends starting at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow the service at East New Market (Md.) Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mardela Springs Vol. Fire Company; P.O. Box 299; Mardela Springs, MD 21837, or to Heroes Haven; P.O. Box 184; Sharptown, MD 21861. Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Condolences may be sent online at www.shortfh.com.