LCDR Chad Eric Walls, DO, MC, USN, 43

April 02, 2024

LCDR Chad Eric Walls, DO, MC, USN, 43, of Marietta, PA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on April 2, 2024. Chad was born on February 10, 1981, in Bismarck, ND, to Dennis and Jackie Walls and grew up in Baldwin, ND, on a hobby farm.

Chad completed his pre-med degree at the University of North Dakota. He attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL, graduating in 2010 at the top of his class. He did an internship at Fort Smith Naval Hospital in Norfolk, VA. He completed his naval flight surgeon training at the Naval Aerospace Medical Institute in Pensacola, FL. He later moved to Corpus Christi, TX, to fulfill his military commitment as the lead Naval flight surgeon, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 2015, he moved to Erie, PA, to complete a residency in orthopedic surgery at Millcreek Community Hospital. He finished his residency in 2019 and moved to York, PA, to do his fellowship in orthopedic trauma surgery at Wellspan Hospital. After his fellowship, he remained in Pennsylvania, where he became the director of orthopedic trauma at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown. He recently started practicing at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. Chad was passionate about his patients, and his work ethic was unmatched.

During his residency in 2016, Chad met the love of his life, Karisa Beebe. They married on July 2, 2022, and moved to Marietta, PA, in 2023 to advance their careers as attending physicians. They were excited about starting their lives together. They shared a love for traveling, spending quality time together, making memories with close friends and family, and spoiling their puppy, Sophie, who brought so much joy to their lives.

Chad loved life and didn’t do anything with less than 100% effort. He was athletic, loved baseball, and was a pitcher through high school and college, earning a scholarship for his talent. He was an avid football fan and loved rooting for the Minnesota Vikings (regardless of their win-loss record). He also had a variety of other hobbies and interests, including hunting with his brother and father, skiing with his mother, cooking, traveling, aviation, golfing, making wine, and finding the humor in life. Chad treasured being surrounded by family and friends, and there was nothing he wouldn’t do for them. Although his first passion was orthopedic surgery, he was knowledgeable on numerous topics and could converse with anyone about anything.

There are not enough words or time to accurately describe who Chad was or his impact on everyone around him. He was a loving man with a huge heart who was generous to a fault. He will be remembered for this, as well as for being kind, loyal, patient, and living life to the fullest. He was tremendously loved and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife Karisa Beebe; parents Dennis and Jackie Walls; brother Wade Walls (Jennifer); brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Brandon Beebe (Erin), Dustin Beebe (Katy), Kyle Beebe (Amanda), and Lindsay Millet; mother-in-law Dannette Beebe (Dave Millet); father-in-law Brad Beebe (Susan); nieces and nephews: Morgan, McKenna, Cameron, Tate, Chase, Grant, Miles and Maddox; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; a host of beloved family and friends (everyone had the potential to become family to Chad) including John, Nancy, Elena, and Jessie Susens; and his Black Labrador retriever, Sophie.

Chad was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Luella Kary, Glen and Gladys Walls; Aunt Doris Hetland; Uncle and Aunt Greg and Kim Walls; Uncle Rodney Kary; and Aunt Dona Kary.

A memorial service will be held on April 12, 2024, at Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home, 2421 Willow Street Pike, Willow Street, PA 17584. Visitation hours are from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and the service will be from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. A celebration of life reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Olde Village Mill, 1350 Village Road, Strasburg, PA. There will also be an additional memorial in North Dakota at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Chad Eric Walls LECOM student scholarship fund. Please send checks to Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1858 W Grandview Blvd, Erie, PA 16509.

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June 03, 2024

I am so very sorry for your loss.  Dr. Walls was the best orthopedic doctor I have ever met.  He performed emergency surgery on my left ankle and leg last March 2023, as I had a compound fracture.  His knowledge, expertise, and encouragement helped me tremendously.  My prayers are with all of you as you navigate through this extremely difficult time.  
Janice Snyder

May 23, 2024

Fair winds and following seas
David Jenkin

April 17, 2024

Dear family of Chad Eric Walls
 I never knew Chad or his wife Karisa, or his brother Wade.  I did know and was a HS classmate of his father Dennis.  Please accept my sincere condolences. Sincerely, Larry Sitter.

April 14, 2024

Dear Karisa, Jackie, Dennis and Wade,
     My deepest sympathy for your loss. Although I never knew him, I was impressed with all his accomplishments. We need more people like Chad. May your faith, family and friends carry you through the hard times. Sincerely, LeRae Hills Schnickel ( HS classmate of Dennis)

April 12, 2024

I am shocked and heartbroken by your loss. You can always count on us for support.
Khanh Hong Nguyen

April 11, 2024

Karisa, We are so sorry for your loss. We have many happy memories visiting with Dennis, Jackie and the boys through the years watching Wade and Chad rough house as brothers do, watching Chad play baseball. So difficult to imagine that he is gone. He will live in our memories forever. With much love, Muriel and Terry

April 11, 2024

Karisa, we are so very sorry for your loss.  May those around you be a blessing during this sorrowful time.  You have our deepest condolences.  Gregg and Melinda Reese

April 10, 2024

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending condolences to you and your family. 
Lisa Umbel

April 10, 2024

I’m so sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  

April 10, 2024

I am so so sorry for your loss
You and your family are in my prayers
Terri Meek

April 10, 2024

You know how much we loved the three of you!
Words cannot express how sad we are that the world has lost such a kind & brilliant man .
Please accept our deepest sympathy 
Mike & Mary McNamara 

April 10, 2024

Dear Karisa,  my heart goes out to you. Please accept my sincere condolences. I worked with Dr Walls at the office. I enjoyed working with him and had great respect for him as a doctor. . So very sorry for your loss. 
Charlene Goldberg

April 09, 2024

Karissa & family.  So sorry to hear of Chad’s passing.  An angel taken home too soon.
Deb Drapola -Hospitalist UPMC Shenango

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