John Henry “Jack” Walter, 70, of Delphos and formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 8:07 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at the Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos, where he had been a resident for seven years.
He was born on Jan. 7, 1942, in Wapakoneta, a son of William and Florence Hemmert Walter, who preceded him in death.
On May 19, 1990 he married Clara Balster Brown, who survives in Delphos.
Mr. Walter attended the St. Joseph School in Wapakoneta. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1962. He spent his life as a truck driver. He enjoyed dancing, playing cards, Bingo and fishing and hunting trips.
He was a life member of the Bowersock Bros. VFW Post 6772 and a member of the Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191, both of Spencerville. At the VFW, he had served as Junior Vice and was on the Color Guard.
He was a devoted husband and grandfather and “Special” to his stepchildren and grandchildren. He was married 22 years to his loving wife, Clara. He was a member of the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos.
Also surviving are his daughter, Connie Dear of St. Marys; son James Walter of Lima; son-in-law, Alvie Herzog of St Marys; three grandchildren, Justin Lee, Shannon and Corey Herzog of St. Marys; stepchildren, Linda (David) Seffernick of Wapakoneta, Scott (Pamela) Brown and Kevin Brown, both of Spencerville; step-grandchildren John and Steve Brown, Michael and Kaitlin Seffernick, Joe Anderson and Jordan Brown; a brother, Paul Walter of Wapakoneta; a sister, Janet (Norm) Klein of Cleveland; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Joan) Sturwold of Parish, Fla.; sisters-in-law Ruth Walter of Piqua and Ina Walter of Wapakoneta; brothers-in-law Walter (Marilyn) Balster of Dayton, Larry (Pat) Balster of St. Henry; sisters-in-law Alice Balster and Esther (James) Moeller of Springfield and Mary (Conrad) Philipot of Russia; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Herzog; a son-in-law, Bill Dear; brothers Richard Walter and William Walter; sisters Rita Sturwold, Marilyn (Jake) Staats and infant, Florence Walter; brother-in-law Richard Balster.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, the Rev. Chris Bohnsack officiating.
Burial will follow in the Spencerville Cemetery with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans.
Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.