THE LITERARY MEERKAT: Howard Denson

Tribute to Walter Schenck

 

Farewell to Walter

 

The prolific Northeast Florida writer Walter Joseph Schenck Jr. has died at the age of 70.

 

A native of Warrensburg, Missouri, he passed away on March 31, 2021.

 

Walter's true passion was writing in all its many forms. Early accolades were given for his epic The Bird Catcher providing Vietnam War insights. Other areas of his writing include Biblical writing, poetry, science fiction, mythology, and plays (writing, performing, directing).

In addition to his technical writing, he won 14 awards from FAPA National Awards and Royal Palm Literary Awards receiving the Grand Award in 2018 for Hamlet, Reimagined. Walter was an extremely prolific writer. He published over 270 books and plays. Walter once had five books simultaneously in Amazon's top 100 e-book Best Sellers.

 

Between the years 2018 through 2020, after he retired, Walter Schenck  achieved: 23 Genius Ratings for Creativity plus an additional 11 Exceptional Ratings for Creativity for a variety of his publications. He also achieved 8 perfect 100% scores for his books.

 

Walter Schenck was a highly respected, award winning author in existential literature as well as recasting religious lessons into brilliant epic novels. Walter was an award-winning poet, award-winning biographer, award-winning science-fiction writer, award-winning novella writer, award-winning researcher, and award-winning playwright.

 

His novels and writing style have been compared to the writing of Herman Hesse, James A. Michener, and Walter Wangerin while his narrative poems has been compared to Charles Whitman’s poems. For his existential novel using the Vietnam War as a backdrop, Walter Schenck achieved "Feature Author" status in Publisher's Weekly as well as outstanding critical acclaim in Kirkus Book Reviews. Walter achieved three Recommended Read Lists in Kirkus Book Reviews. Walter was a professional member of PEN American Center and a Dramatist Guild Associate Member, besides being a member of FAPA and FWA.

 

Walter also earned credentials as a gifted director of plays with proven comprehensive interpretative abilities as well as an extraordinary, brilliant actor.

 

All his epic novels are richly detailed, well reviewed, and represent the traditions of the grand storyteller.

 

Additionally, Walter freely presented creative nonfiction lecturing tours which were noted for their "riveting performance" and as a "best speaker to a writer group in the past twenty years." He also gave free hands-on help to aspiring writers with their poetry, plays, and novels.

 

After earning a bachelor’s degree in English in 1971, Walter volunteered for the draft and requested assignment to Vietnam. While serving in the 5th Engineer Battalion in Vietnam, he earned a Bronze Star as well as other awards and decorations. Walter continued his education by earning a bachelors degree in computer science in 2002 and also earned certifications in Cisco CCNA, Microsoft MCP, MCSE+SQL, as well as other technical certifications.

 

Walter was a loan officer specializing in legal analysis at an international bank until his retirement in 2014.

 

Walter was a man of many interests. Besides being devoted to his career in banking, he and Molly thrived on helping people by accomplishing difficult tasks that needed done to enhance the lives of friends and neighbors. Walter was a true philanthropist of his personal skill sets.

 

In addition to Molly his wife of nearly 30 years, Walter is survived by his brother Ivan Schenck of St. Louis, Missouri, sister-in-law Flory Jose, nephew-in-law Joe Jose, and Edwina and David Pinto.