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Walter Auxter

Walter Auxter

I graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1938 and worked for the Ross Candy Company. After a few years I obtained a position at the Erie Proving Grounds, test proving guns. I registered with the State Board in 1941, but then was drafted into the Army. I served in the Army until 1945 and then returned to my job at the Proving Grounds. I served my apprenticeship in 1946-1948 with Mr. Mitchell and then went to Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and graduated in 1950. After graduation I returned to Clyde and worked at the Mitchell Funeral Home. I purchased the funeral home in 1961 and sold it to my son and daughter-in-law in 1989. I still work visitations and funerals and enjoy helping-out around the funeral home. My wife, Micky, and I live in Clyde and enjoy spending time with our family. We have three children, five grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.

I am a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clyde, National Funeral Director’s Association, Ohio Funeral Directors’ Association, Ohio Embalmers’ Association, American Legion Post 122 (past commander & life member), Clyde VFW #3343 (life member), DAV (life member), 40-8 1057 Sandusky County, Monticello Blue Lodge 244 F&AM, RAM Ch. 90, Scottish Rite Consistory of Toledo, Zenobia Shrine of Toledo, Legion of Honor of Toledo, Minute Men Firing Squad, retired member of the Board of Directors of the Clyde Savings Bank and a former member and past president of the Clyde Kiwanis Club (52 years).


Dean Auxter

Dean Auxter

I graduated from Clyde High School in 1973, attended Findlay College until 1975, and graduated from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1976. I served my apprenticeship with McFarland Funeral Home in Warren, Ohio and then returned to Clyde and worked with my father. In 1980 I married Melinda (Huston). We have two daughters: Hannah, a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, now fully licensed and working with us at the Auxter Funeral Homes in Bellevue and Clyde; and Meredith, a graduate of Capital University in Columbus, who is an RN in Columbus.

I am a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Clyde, Ohio Funeral Directors’ Association, Ohio Embalmers’ Association, National Funeral Directors’ Association, American Society of Embalmers, Clyde Eagles, Clyde Moose, Clyde VFW, Clyde Business & Professional Association (past president), Clyde Exchange Club (past president), Monticello Blue Lodge Clyde Chapter, Bellevue Council, Fremont Commandery, Bellevue Masonic Lodge, Zenobia Shrine, Sandusky County Shrine Club (past president), Bellevue Lions, Bellevue Elks, Clyde Fire Department since 1978, serving as the department’s safety officer and pump operator, Sandusky County Firemen’s Assoc., Northwest Ohio Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc., Ohio State Firefighter's Association, and Four County Conservation. I have served as vice president of the Board of Trustees at the former St. Francis Health Care Centre in Green Springs and had served as a member of Leadership Sandusky County. I am currently serving as a board member for the Department of Public Health for Sandusky County.


Melinda Auxter

Melinda Auxter

I graduated from Margaretta High School in 1974, The Ohio State University in 1978 with a degree in Elementary Education, and then began teaching 6th grade at Western Reserve Schools in Wakeman, Ohio. In 1980 I married Dean Auxter. From 1980-1982, I was a substitute teacher in the Clyde School District. I then served my apprenticeship with Dean from 1982-1984 and obtained my funeral director’s license. I have two daughters: Hannah, a graduate of Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, now fully licensed and working with her family at the Auxter Funeral Homes in Bellevue and Clyde; and Meredith, a graduate of Capital University in Columbus, who is an RN in Columbus.

I am a member of the First United Methodist Church in Clyde, Ohio Funeral Directors’ Association., Clyde Business & Professional Association, Clyde Career Women, Bellevue Tourist Club, Bellevue Eagles Auxiliary, Clyde VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Clyde Firemen Ladies Auxiliary, and the Women of the Moose.


Hannah Auxter-Mapus

Hannah Auxter-Mapus

I graduated from Clyde High School in 2002 and Wittenberg University in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in management. At Wittenberg I participated in the Wittenberg Choir for four years and served as the choir's tour manager. I was also involved in the campus ministries program and worked in the management department office. I graduated as valedictorian from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2007. I received the John Rebol Award for attaining the highest grade-point average in my class. I was also chosen by my classmates to receive the Memorial Award which is presented to the student who, through qualities of leadership, professional conduct, and good citizenship, best typifies the ideals of the student body. I am now Bellevue's and Clyde's only female licensed embalmer and funeral director. I was recently certified in airbrush cosmetics and soft-tissue injury restoration at the Fountain National Academy in Springfield, Missouri. I am currently serving as a board member for the Bellevue Public Library. I also coach the JV softball team at Bellevue High School.

November 2009 I married James Mapus and we live in Bellevue. We have two daughters, Claire and Brynn. We are members of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellevue. I am a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Bellevue Elks, Bellevue Eagles Auxiliary, Ohio Funeral Directors' Association, National Funeral Directors' Association, Ohio Embalmers' Association, and American Society of Embalmers.



Kelsey R. Yantz

Kelsey R. Yantz

I graduated from Bellevue High School in 2013. I started working part-time with Auxter Funeral Home after my senior year of high school, and continue to work as needed when I am home from school. I am currently at Ashland University finishing my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a minor in Entrepreneurship. White at Ashland I was on the Varsity Women's Golf Team, was a member of the Student Senate, worked in the athletic department, and was also a resident assistant in the dorms. Upon graduation from Ashland University I will attend Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science to become a licensed funeral director and embalmer.


Robert Frankfather

Robert Frankfather

I graduated from Bellevue High School in 1965 and served our country in the Navy SeaBees from 1966-1969. On July 4, 1970, I returned home and married Ruth (Claus) and worked for Johnson Furnace/Armstrong in Bellevue until it closed in 2007.

Ruth and I live in Bellevue. We have two children and five grandchildren. We are members of Immaculate Conception Church. I am a member of the Bellevue VFW and Eagles. I enjoy  hunting, fishing, boating, skiing - anything that involves being outside.


James Anderson

James Anderson

I graduated from Clyde High School in 1963 and attended the University of Toledo and then Lindsay-Wilson College in Kentucky. I graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and served my apprenticeship at Gerner-Wolfe Funeral Home in Port Clinton and then worked for the R.L. Ullmer Funeral Home in Dayton. In 1972 I returned home and began working for the Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home and Harris Funeral Home. I was employed by the Sandusky County EMS from 1977 until my retirement in 2009.

I am a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge Clyde Chapter, Bellevue Council, and Fremont Commandery. I am married to Sandy (Babione). We have four children, seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.



John Avers

John Avers

I graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1965 and Luther College in Iowa in 1969. Formerly, I was employed by Swartzlander Radio and the Sandusky County Auditor’s Office. I am currently employed by Rexam in Fremont. I am married to Diane (Auxter) and we have two children and two granddaughters.

I am a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Fremont, VFW (life member), Masonic Blue Lodge Clyde Chapter, and the Zenobia Shrine.


William E. Clark

William E. Clark

1928-2016

Mr. Clark was a treasured employee. He is greatly missed by our family and others in the Bellevue community. We enjoy hearing his former students' stories about him. He was a great role model to future generations. We will hold his memory in our hearts forever. Rest in peace, Mr. Clark.


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