Robert C. "Bob" Walter, 91, of Fostoria, passed away at 5:48 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Mercy Tiffin Hospital.
Bob was born July 13, 1922, in Seneca County to John and Emma (Siebenaller) Walter. He married Eileen M. "Mike" Smith Aug. 24, 1946, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tiffin, and she died Aug. 28, 2000.
Surviving are two children, Dennis (Leslie) Walter of Tiffin and Cindy Patterson of Fostoria; six grandchildren, LeeAnn Day, Corey Grine, Jason Grine, Natalie Coffman, Tracy Kerschner and Kelly Walter; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eugene of Fostoria.
He was preceded in death by six brothers, Paul, Harold, John, Donald, Richard and Myron; and two sisters, Esther Belle Walter and Emma Beeson.
Bob graduated in 1940 from Jackson Amsden School and joined the Army in December 1942. He served as technical sergeant during WWII in the Battle of the Bulge. He received many citations, including the Bronze Star. He was wounded twice and discharged in September 1945. He joined the Fostoria Police Department in October 1945, during which time he started two Boy's Clubs in Fostoria, becoming captain in 1951 and resigning in 1952. He then worked at Ex-Cell-O until his retirement in 1984.
Bob served as a probation officer of Fostoria Municipal Court and was president of UAW Local 1246 for many years. He was a life member of D.A.V., Sportsman Club, United Auto Workers, A.A.R.P. and American Legion Post 73. He was past president of Fraternal Order of Police, United Community Fund, Fostoria Junior Baseball, Hopewell-Loudon Athletic Boosters -where he was instrumental in helping introduce the football program -and Hopewell-Loudon Parent Teacher Association. He was a member and honorary usher at St. Wendelin Catholic Church.
Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Hoening Funeral Home, 242 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, where a Christian wake service will be at 3:45 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, where a Rosary will be prayed at 10 am. Burial will follow at St. Wendelin Catholic Cemetery, where the United Veterans of Fostoria will provide military honors.
Memorials are suggested to Disabled Veterans.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.