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Walter H. Cressman

May 20, 1939 — December 18, 2023


Walter H. Cressman, 84, of Richlandtown passed away on December 18, 2023. He was born in Quakertown on May 20, 1939 to the late Howard Franklin and Irma Naomi (Amey) Cressman. He was the loving husband of Sandra Lee (Potser) Cressman for 62 years.

Walter attended the Quakertown School District and graduated from Quakertown High School in 1957. He entered Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA in 1957, became a member of Alpha Chi Rho in May, 1958, and a member of Phi Gammu Mu, National Social Science Honor Society in March, 1960. He graduated Cum Laude with a A.B. Degree in 1961, became a member of Beta Gamm Sigma Honor Society in March, 1963, and received the Student Award by American Marketing Association in 1963. He graduated in 1963 with a Master Degree in Business Administration from Lehigh University. During his time at Lehigh he accepted a position on the faculty from 1962-1965 teaching Principles of Economics, Corporation Finance, and Money & Banking.

Walter was an active Mason. He became a Master Mason at Quakertown Lodge No. 512 on November 8, 1962. Received 32nd Degree from Lehigh Consistory on November 9, 1963. Joined Rajah Temple on June 13, 1964. Joined North Penn Shrine Club in 1967. Was appointed Marshall of Rajah Temple in 1968. Elected Oriental Guide of Rajah Temple in 1971. Joined Royal Order of Jesters, Allentown Court No. 128 in 1974. Was a life member of Kachina Club. Elected Potentate of Rajah Temple in 1975. Life Member of the International Cabiri. Chairman of the Rajah Temple Potentate's Picnic in 1974, 1976, and 1977. Co-chairman of Rajah Temple Circus from 1976-1987. Member of Finance and Budget Committee of the Middle Atlantic Shrine Association from 1976-1977. Served on the Imperial Marshal Aides Staff. And was elected Trustee of Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, Philadelphia Unit, 1990-1992.

Walter was also a regular civil servant. He was Chairman of Richlandtown Zoning Hearing Board from 1972-1998. Received the Richlandtown Borough Community Service Award in 1998. Was a Richlandtown Borough Wage Tax Collector. Former member of the Richlandtown Borough Planning Committee. Elected Board of Trustees, First Savings Bank of Perkasie in 1979-2017. Elected Chaiman of Board of Trustees of Grand View Hospital in 1980. Elected Treasurer and was part of the Finance Committee of Grand View Hospital from 1982-1989. Elected Vice-Chairman of the Board in 1987 and elected Chairman of the Board from 1994-1996. Elected treasurer in 1997. And finally he was a board member of Grand View Health Foundation.

Walter was also a successful businessman, he assumed management of Cress Gas Company in 1961. He retired as president there in 2013. He was a managing partner in Cressman Partnership. Elected to the Board of Directors of Pennsylvania Propane Gas Assocation in 1988 and appointed to the Executive Committee in 1989. Active member of the Government Affairs Committee of PAPGA. Elected as Director of the Pennsylvania Propane Foundation from 1998. Elected State Director from Pennsylvania to the National Propane Gas Association from 1989-2004. Elected District 9 Director for National Propane Gas Assocaition from 2004-2013. Elected to National Propane Gas Association Executive Committee in 2004, 2005, and 2008. Member of National Propane Gas Association Government Affairs Committee. Elected Propane Education and Research Countil (PERC) in 1997. Elected Treasurer of the Propane Education and Research Council in 2001 and 2002. Appointed PERC Safety and Training Advisory Committee in 2004. Member of STAC Steering Committee and Chairman of the Consumer Safety Education Subcommittee. Member of task force for development of E-learning of Basic Principles and Practices for Propane, Propane Delivery Basics, and Cylinder Delivery, Bobtail Delivery, and Vapor Distribution Systems. Appointed to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on October 1, 2004 to present.

Walter's hobbies included traveling and regular cruises with his wife, reading, photography, and piloting his hot air balloon.

Water is survived by his wife Sandra; children David (Sherri) Cressman, Daniel (Maurine) Cressman; granddaughters Lauren and Tiffany; and many other loving family and friends. He is predeceased by his parents; infant son Jeffrey Cressman; and brothers Robert and Charles Cressman.

Services will be privately held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Walter's name can be made to the Grand View Health Foundation or Shriner's Hospital for Children.

The family would like to extend their thanks for the wonderful care given to Walter by Phoebe Nursing Home in Richlandtown and Grand View Hospice.

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