George “Sonny” Waltz


George Odis “Sonny” Waltz, 79 passed away Wednesday, March 15th at his residence. He was born on April 17, 1937 in Rockville, to the late Ivery and Leona (Near) Waltz. On September 2, 1955 he married Charlotte (Bennett) Waltz. She preceded him in death March 26, 1999.

Sonny graduated from Green Township High School in 1955. He was a truck driver for NAPA for many years. He also helped found the Marion County Deputy Horse Patrol in Indianapolis. Sonny enjoyed horse trail riding, and taking many trips to Missouri. He attended Portland Mills Christian Church. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his five children; Debbie Waltz, Greenwood, Donna (Jim) Brown, Phoenix, Arizona, Deanna (Roger) Thompson, Port Aransas, Texas, Darlene Standeford, Monrovia, Darrell (Kim) Waltz, Indianapolis, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, sister Virginia Greene, Kingman, and special friend for several years, Phyllis Webb.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sister, Barbara Beane.

Funeral Service will be at 12:00PM on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home, 301 East Green Street Waveland, IN 47989 with Kipp Glenn officiating. Burial will follow in Portland Mills Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family from 4:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, March 21st at the funeral home.

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16 thoughts on “George “Sonny” Waltz

  • Kevin & Sue Terhune

    Sonny will be deeply missed. We always enjoyed his & grizzly’s company when he stopped in while he was checking the fence. We found out how small the world is when we talked about the MCSD horse patrol days and that my cousin, Larry Biggs both rode together. May he rest in peace. Kevin & Sue

  • Dana Wood

    I will miss the wonderful smile that Sonny always had on his face & the welcome kindness he always showed to everyone. He was truly a “one of a kind” gentleman.

  • Bonnie Hickling

    I feel like I knew Sonny through being friends with his daughter, Donna Brown. She always told me what her dad was up to and how much he loved his horses and trail rides. I know that his family and friends will truly miss him

  • Charlie McPherson

    I rode with Sonny many times at the “Big Piney” horse ride in Missouri. Sonny was a great cowboy and a perfect gentleman.
    Rest in peace my friend with all the other “Wild Bunch” that have gone before you. God Bless.

  • James and Karyn Cleveland

    We will always remember all the great times we had at Sonny’s .I remember driving up to camp one time and Sonny was cutting grass and his hair was blowing in the wind and Karyn said he looked like Chief Whitecloud. I remember Buddy and Hondo licking their chops while Sonny was eating a giant baked potato and ribeye I cooked on the grill. They didn’t get any because Sonny kept saying it was the best steak he had ever had. Thanks for all the great memories and the free camping. You will be missed.

  • April Williams

    Sonny was a true cowboy and will be greatly missed. Heaven has a new Cowboy Angel! Prayers are with the family. RIP Sonny!

  • Dave and Beth Dodds

    So sorry for the loss of sweet Sonny, we’ll miss his smiling face driving thru lazy days campground. May he rest in peace.
    Comfort and prayers to the Waltz family.

  • Kathy Oelschlager

    Sonny will be sorely missed as a permanent
    fixture to us that have trailers in the Portland
    Mills campground! Always enjoyed his driving
    through with his dogs in the back!!
    I am glad that we got the recipe for his
    creamed corn that he brought to the
    pitch-ins!!

  • Lisa Duvall

    Sonny & Charlotte boarded my first horse I purchased from them not long after I started working at Balkamp. I had the opportunity to spend time camping and riding with Sonny and his crew. Sonny was a dear friend to all & he will be missed. Prayers to all the Waltz’s. May he be riding in heaven.

  • Vickie & Kaleb Walker

    Joe, Jordan and family-
    Sonny was one of a kind! We loved getting to know your grandpa on our many trips to Missouri trail riding. We cherish our memories of him and were saddened to hear of his passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Leslie & Rick Steinbuch

    Portland Mills will never be the same without our Sonny. Rick & I always enjoyed his visits as he made rounds with his dogs in his UTV. He had a wonderfully generous spirit & was ALWAYS willing to help his friends & neighbors. We once called on him to plow our driveway so REMC could get to us when our power was out (our tractor was in the shop). Another time, he bottled fed one of our miniature donkey babies while we were at work. Sonny was always a happy presence at Fish Frys & other local gatherings, with his big grin & twinkle in his eye. Although we shared a love of horses, we never got around to riding together. Well now, he’s on an endless, happy trail….
    Rick & I will miss Sonny very much & our hearts go out to his family.

  • Steve & Lisa Lair

    We didn’t know Sonny that well, Actually only met him three times. But the very first time I met him you could just tell what a gentlemen Sonny was. It really is a small world when we were at my In Laws having a cookout Our youngest Daughter brought over her Boyfriend and WOW! did Breanna loose Jordan for a few hours, Lol Come to find out Jordan’s Papaw & Breanna’s Grandpa Had grown up together in wavland I think is the name. But Breanna’s Grandpa just couldn’t get over it. Bob loves cowboys well because that was Bobs and Sonnys ERA Breanna’s Grandpa would sit for hours and talk about the old days. Breanna’s Grandpa absoulety adores Jordan, But the we find out that Breanna’s Uncle Use to work with Sonny. We figured all this out at Jordan and Breanna’s wedding. And I would bet that So my k as my Mother and Grandmother because they both lived in Rockville for years and years but I forgot to ask when I saw him. Sonny was so sweet and you can just tell what a loving type of person Sonny was. I told Jordan that I have never seen any family as close as theirs are. And that stands from Sonny, He taught his children how to be that way and they taught their s and so on, We are lucky that our Daughter married a man that has such a special caring sweet Family. I know how much Sonny’s entire Family & Friends are going to miss him, It seemed like Sonny was the glue that kept this family together. Lime a magnet , Everyone wanted to be around him because he was such a great person. Wit what a testament of how someone lived such a full life with so many loved ones that wanted to always be around him , Even if it was to only go check in on him. Warms my heart to know that there are still families out there such as this! But Sonny will always be around you watching out for you all. Sounds as though Sonny had a fun filled healthy life up until the end. I do know how so very much Sonny, Darlean” Jordan, Jessics, Joe looked forward to going on their yearly trip & trail rides. As I said we are very sorry to hear this about Sonny. May God give each & Every one of you the Strength&Courage that everyone of you are going to need to get through the hard days to come..And Again Darlene, & Jordan Breanna / Sorry we can’t make it, Steve had to work and I had no car to get there Steve had it. But Our Heart’s,,Thought’s & Prayers are with each and every one of you❤
    Jessica/ Chris Joe / Justin Jake/Roxanne John/ Rachel & The rest of Sonny’s
    family. Breanna & Jordan Please let me know if you should need anything. I Love you Jordan & Breanna & God Bless Sonny & His Entire Beautiful HUGE Family. R.I.H. SONNY WALTZ. Your Family & Friends will never forget you, You will stay in their hearts forever…❤

  • Donna williams

    So sorry, he will be missed by many. But what great memories he has left to all of us. I cried until my mind got stuck on 2 words. (Barn Building), of course the smile started and the memories started. Thank you GOD for bring Sonny and Charlotte and those Wialtz kids into my FAMILIES lives… Love you guys….Donna

  • Janice Dupree

    Where do I’start? I am trying to say goodbye to a friend of over 2o years, and when you passed, no one told me. years I’ve rode with Sonny, Joe and Jordan in Indianapolis horse parade.,many trails with everyone the boys (buddy and hondo, with all his battlescars from the coyotes. And then there was grizzly and Sonny just loved the fact that grizzly would grin. As I continue this I still can`t believe the big hearted crazy cowboy is not with us. He had that little boy smile. Humans and family will miss you yet the love you gave will be missed by your horses and grizzly are beyond words. The best part you found it in yourself.to sell me “Yeller” Two-Grands- Gold. The best thing that ever happened in my life.

  • Jennifer Horton (Brownlee)

    I was so very sorry to hear about Sonny. My only memories of him are all good. He was a very kind man and I know he will be greatly missed.