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“My deepest sympathy is extended to Walt's family and dear friends. "Lefty" contributed much to the development of gymnastics in the 1950's and 1960...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jackie Klein Fie - Jefferson, IA

“Another icon of our sport has left us, but there are still many of his 'living legacies' walking around to keep his memory alive for a very long time...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Bobby Dickson - fellow gymnast

“I first met Walt in 1970 when I attended the Normal College. He was not only a great teacher, but an inspiration. His guidance and leadership...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: David Kleinman - Delray Beach, FL

“Sad to hear of Walter's passing. Walter and 'the camp' are some of my earliest childhood memories. Our families prayers are with all of you' ...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Rick Brickley

“I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. John ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: John Broecker - Indianapolis, IN

“I was a camper, counselor, student and friend of Mr. Lienert for 50+ years of my life. He was always kind, funny, energetic, helpful, enthusiastic...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jim, Anne and Julia Wolpert - IN

“There is hardly a day that passes with out something occurring to reminds me of the valuable lessons I learned from Walt, most importantly ...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Powell - Cincinnati, OH

“Walt was a quiet and gentle man who was greatly loved and who will be fondly remembered. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Becky Shea Cafouros - IN - Friend

Walt coached Sandra Ruddick and Muriel Davis Grossfeld to the 1956 Olympic games in Melbourne, Aus. “Muriel Davis Grossfeld,Walt was my first and only coach. He taught me many lessons about life. It was Walt and the Athenaeum Turners that gave me the...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: bruce Davis - apollo Beach, FL

“My Shortridge High School track coach sent me to the Turners because he thought I had some potential...Walt Lienert PROVED that I had potential...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Dick Albershardt - FL

“As a little girl of 5, starting classes at the Athenaeum Turners through having my wedding at the camp.... so much went on inbetween.... but you were...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Terry Spencer Corcoran - Avon, IN

“Walt is one of the best classroom teachers ever. He is also one of the best story tellers ever. How about him on the Fox River with two young friends...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Bruce Davis - Apollo Beach, FL

“Dear Lienert Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers - IN

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Walter J. Lienert, 87 of Indianapolis passed away July 1, 2012. Walt was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a physical education graduate of Indiana University and a member of Phi Epilson Kappa. He was a 40 year member of the Anthenaeum Turners. Walt was a Emeritus Professor of Physical Education at Normal College and IUPUI. He was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1974. He served as a gymnastics coach and judge at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. From 1959 to 1983 Walt operated Lienert's Gym Camp in Indianapolis. Walt is survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Lienert, son Kris and brother John Lienert. He was preceded in death by his son Kurt. Service will be Monday, July 9, 2pm at the Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center-Broad Ripple, 1305 Broad Ripple Ave with visitation from 11am to 2pm and service at 2pm. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

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