Dominik Walters, 4, of Papillion, Neb. died due to a sudden cardiac arrest Sunday, Aug. 12, at Mayo Health Systems in Rochester.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor David Nissen officiating. A celebration of life will follow at Turner Hall in New Ulm. Burial in the New Ulm City Cemetery will take place at a later date.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue Tuesday for one hour prior to the time of service at Our Savior’s.
Dominik is survived by his parents, Ryan and Tiffany Walters of Papillion, Neb.; his sister, Nora Walters of Papillion, Neb.; grandparents, Lori (Randy) Faber of Hanska, Brad (Lisa Langer) Altmann of New Ulm, Doug and Rita Walters of New Ulm; great grandparents, Gene and Marion Altmann of New Ulm, Norma Walters of New Ulm; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his great grandparents and his aunt Jenna Langer Vancura.
Dominik Eugene Walters was born Feb. 6, 2014 in Omaha, Neb. to Ryan and Tiffany (Altmann) Walters. Dominik was a perfectly healthy four-year-old excited about starting preschool in the Fall. He loved learning, complete sentences, multiple-syllable words, and minding his Ps and Qs. He had an amazing memory and imagination. He loved cars, but only real cars. He had a collection of over 300 cars that he knew so well he could name the make and model of every single one and knew immediately if one had gone missing. He loved outer space, the solar system, and learning about the planets, especially dwarf planets, gas giants, moons, and storm spots. He loved yard work, construction projects, and building skyscrapers and parking garages. He loved to dance, sing, and run. He loved puppy and his little sister Nora; he was so proud to be a big brother and loved being mom’s helper. He loved grocery shopping with dad and driving dad’s inside two-seam fastballs down the left field line, as well as lifting hanging slide-pieces oppo-taco. He loved milk, ketchup, carrots, garden-fresh cherry tomatoes, berry snacks, pizza, and ice cream; he thought he was still too young for soup. He loved planting and watering the flowers, picking vegetables out of the garden, helping make dinner, starting and (most importantly) cleaning the grill, helping set the table, and leading the before-dinner prayer. Dominik was a creature of habit who thrived on a schedule. He was a fantastic sleeper who loved his bedtime routine that involved a bath, one tv episode, three books, two songs, a prayer, and lots of hugs — he absolutely loved group hugs. He was amazing during all those car rides from Papillion to New Ulm and back.
Perhaps most importantly, Dominik loved the simple things in life: people, the outdoors, parks, walks, animals, flowers, butterflies, bubbles, the moon, stars, and sunsets. He taught us daily to see beauty in everything and to slow down every now and then to take it in. Saying he will be missed is an understatement. Dominik loved to swing and for dad to push him higher, and higher, and higher. We know Dom is now swinging high in the heavens above.
In lieu of flowers the family prefers donations to be made to the Dominik Walters Memorial Fund through US Bank. Additional information about Dominik’s memorial fund can be found on his Caring Bridge website (https://www.caringbridge.org). Donations will be used to benefit educational causes, community projects, the availability of pediatric palliative care, and sudden cardiac arrest research. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.