Earl Raymond James Auxter

January 08, 1928 ‒ January 20, 2009

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Earl Raymond James Auxter, 81, of Mansfield, passed away on Tuesday morning, January 20, 2009 in his home following a brief illness.

Earl was a beloved husband, lover, friend and constant companion for 56 years to his wife, Jean (Turner) Auxter. Earl was born on January 8, 1928 in his maternal grandparents Fremont, Ohio farm home to Raymond and Helen (Hufford) Auxter.

Raised in Mansfield, he graduated from Mansfield Senior High School class of 1946. After starting college at The Ohio State University, he joined the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1950 holding the rank of Master Sergeant.

Upon completing a four year apprenticeship at Richland Tool and Die, he was noted and had the reputation as a precision tool and die maker.

He retired from Therm-O-Disc in 1973, becoming a Realtor working as an agent, until he and his wife, Jean became Brokers. Together they opened and maintained Auxter Realty in their home for 14 years.

Earl learned to fly at the Mansfield Airport, obtaining his private license by the age of 16. In 1962, he and his wife completely restored, in their garage, a 1946 Taylorcraft airplane. After flying several years and supporting his wife in getting her pilots license, Earl purchased a larger Cessna aircraft so he could achieve his instrument and commercial rating. He loved flying. Along with Jean, Earl made trips to Alaska, Colorado and around Ohio until he was not able to have breakfast with the Galion Ohio Pilots on Sunday mornings.

His boyhood love for riding motorcycles led him to restore to perfection a 1946 Indian Chief which he rode to the sound of its rumbling engine for many years.

Over the years he had a love affair with four Collie dogs, all named Tamah.

Earl was a 50 year member of Venus Lodge, past president of Sertoma and had been a member of the Mansfield Board of Realtors.

Earl is survived by his loving wife Jean Turner Auxter of Mansfield; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Aileen Turner Burton and Charles Burton, sister-in-law M. Joan Turner Douglass; beloved nieces and nephews Jon and Christine Burton, Susan and Ron Muth, Melinda and David Foster, Don and Carol Burton, Ron Douglass; as well as his faithful companion Collie, Tamah IV.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law Lawrence Douglass.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 4-8pm in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Homes (formerly Finefrock Funeral Home). The funeral will be held on Friday at 11am at the First Presbyterian Church, 399 South Trimble Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44906. The Rev. Dennis R. Allison will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice or Walter Bishop Alzheimer’s Respite Fund may be made at the funeral home.