Walter, Walt, Mr. Auxter, Dad, Grandpa, GG Boppa - no matter what you called him, was a friend to all. He died March 17, 2020, leaving us all a great legacy. He is greatly missed, but his presence will always be found here at the funeral home. He loved serving the community of Clyde and was honored to receive recognition for that on his 100th birthday, December 15, 2019. Give rest unto your servants with your saints, O God. Rest eternal, Grandpa. We love you.
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 of nearly 73 years, Mickey, died July 2018. We always enjoyed spending time with our family. We have three children, five grandchildren, four great-granddaughters, and one great-grandson.
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).