Former Olympic equestrian dies in Missouri

Monday, October 11, 2010 | 12:03 p.m. CDT; updated 6:18 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 11, 2010

MEXICO — Walter Staley, a three-time member of the U.S. Olympic equestrian team, has died in Missouri.

Staley, 77, died Sunday morning at Audrain Medical Center, according to Arnold's Funeral Home in Mexico. His cause of death was not immediately available.

Staley was part of the U.S. equestrian team in Helsinki, Finland, in 1952; in Stockholm in 1956; and in Rome in 1960. He was captain of the 1960 team.

The 1952 team won the bronze medal. Staley also won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Mexico City, Mexico, in 1955.

KXEO reports that Staley worked in several positions at the AP Green firebrick plant in Mexico between 1968 and 1992.

A memorial service will be Thursday morning at the Mexico First Presbyterian Church, followed by a private burial at East Lawn Memorial Cemetery.


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Kate McIntyre October 11, 2010 | 4:47 p.m.

He also graduated from MU in 1956 with a bachelor's in geology.

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