Walter Orlando Novelly


Walter Orlando Novelly of Granbury, 95, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. 

He was born on Dec. 22, 1918 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Pilade Maria and Emma Kathryn (Zadra) Novelly. He attended St. Barbara’s Catholic School, graduated from Jesuit High School, and attended and graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in geology and geophysics in 1940. 

Walt immediately went to work in the oil industry as a geophysicist. He served in the Army from 1946 to 1947 with a tour of duty in post-war Japan after which he returned to work in Tulsa with Republic Exploration Company. It was in Tulsa that he met a nurse, Antoinette Marie Weixelman. They married at St. Joseph Church in Flush, Kansas on January 28, 1950.

Back in Tulsa, Walt and Toni started their family of six children before moving to San Antonio in 1965 where he worked for Petty Geophysical in the Tower Life building downtown. 

Walt spent his retirement traveling to six continents and 59 countries, playing golf, writing an autobiography and creating genealogy charts for family and friends. 

He was active throughout life, driving a six state tour at age 92 and serving on the board at Lakestone Terrace independent living community in Granbury, Texas where he lived since 2011.

Survivors include Antoinette Novelly, Westmoreland, Kansas; children, Greg (Lisa) Novelly, Colorado Springs, Maria (Jon) Novelly-Shapiro, Manchester, England, Nancy (Gerald) Naumann, Boerne, Texas, Tom Novelly, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Nick (Denise) Novelly, St. Marys, Kansas, Paul (Amy) Novelli, Granbury, Texas; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brother, and three sisters.

An informal memorial gathering will be held in the third floor living room at Lakestone Terrace Independent Living at 3:30 p.m., Monday, April 14.