John Walter

April 24, 1933 ‒ April 27, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: John Walter never dreamed for success.  Instead, he worked for it. Intelligent, humble and kind, best describe his character.  Recently John stated, “I have been fortunate to reach all of my life goals”.   An American patriot, humble leader, intelligent businessman, and gracious husband, father and brother, John’s positive influence naturally put those around him at ease.

John Walter, 85, of Mansfield passed away Friday morning April 27, 2018 in the emergency department at OhioHealth Hospital Mansfield.

John was born April 24, 1933 in Mansfield the son of John and Margaret (Etz) Walter.  He graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1951.

John served in the Air National Guard 164th Tactical Fighter Squadron and the US Air Force as a pilot.  While a young man in the service, John wrote a note to his mother stating his goal of one day working for Gorman Rupp.

John first worked for Peabody Barnes for two years before taking a position at Gorman Rupp.  A meticulous engineer, John was promoted to Plant Manager of Gorman Rupp Industries.  Years later, following decades of hard work John earned the title of President and CEO for Gorman Rupp.  John retired after 38 years with the company.  For the following 10 years he served on the Board of Directors.

John was a member of the Caterpillar Club, successfully and safely deploying his parachute following a mid-air plane crash.  John was an NRA Benefactor Life Member, Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association, Chippewa Rifle Club, and NRA Golden Eagles Member.  He enjoyed shooting and participated in small bore and bench rest shooting competitions.

He enjoyed photography, especially taking pictures of nature and wild life.  He repaired pocket watches and clocks.  He’d sail on Charles Mill Lake and boat on Lake Erie with his family.  He was a member of All Souls Universalist Unitarian Church.

John is survived by his wife Barbara Walter; daughter Amy (John) Johnston; brother Ted Walter and sister Susan Walter; step children Clark (Deanna) Cutlip and Mark (Maria) Cutlip; step grandchildren Mark Cutlip, Jr. (Kristin), Brianna Cutlip, Johnathon Cutlip, Alexis (Zach) Bevins, Grace Cutlip; step great grandchildren Thomas and Charlie Cutlip and Bailey and Vincent Bevins.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife Evelyn Walter.

His family will receive friends Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 5 pm – 8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.  Visitation will continue at the funeral home Wednesday from 10am-11am where funeral services will begin at 11am.  Burial with military honors will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the John A. and Barbara B. Walter Endowed Fellowship (for students in Ashland University’s Master of Arts in American History and Government) may be made through the funeral home.

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  • My dear friend Barbara,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your John. I know he was your everything. I know how much you loved him and put him first. I have missed meeting you for coffee, but certainly knew your husband came first.
    I love the stories about him and you and ready to hear more one day.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    May the memories you have fill your heart with joy and laughter.
    I love you.

  • Dear Barb, I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. I am lifting you and your family up in prayer.

  • Our Prayers for Barbra & family.We only meet John a few times,but we knew he was a very kind and giving man.

    • Barb and Family so sorry to hear of John’s passing my Husband Jim worked with John at Bellville GRI for many years he also took pictures for our Daughter Debbie’s wedding some 40 years ago he will be greatly missed he was a great guy

  • A beautiful tribute to John. Ed and I loved John and he was a wonderful brother-in-law and we will miss him.

  • Gorman-Rupp Canada sends our condolences to John’s family. Thoughts and prayers.

    Gorman-Rupp Canada Associates and Retirees

  • I was so sorry to hear of John’s Passing , as I worked at Gorman Rupp, Bellville for 35
    yrs under john, and loved and respected John and Considered Him as a Great lifetime
    Friend. But being Phyllis Johnson’s Son, she worked at Gorman Rupp as an Engineer,
    when I was a child, which made us all Life Time Friends !
    God Bless You, Your all in my Prayers, John Blessed us All

  • We are sorry for your loss. Many great memories that you and all that met John will remember. John touched many lives. Love Steve and Chris Gorrell

  • Barb, Amy, Ted, and Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. John was a great person and I was honored to have known him. God Bless and Take Care.
    Shirley Walter

  • Dear Barb & Family,
    It is with deepest heartfelt regret to have to offer my condolences for uncle John’s passing. He was a good man and I have many fond memories of him. He will be missed.
    All my love,

  • My sincere condolences in the passing of John. He will be remembered as a good man who was intelligent, very likeable, and who loved our county.

  • Remembering John is to recall many wonderful Dailey family gatherings. My daughters, Beth and Nancy, visited with John, Eve and Amy each summer as well as Holidays, Christmas being the most wonderful. Somehow, Santa found the girls at the Walter house in Mansfield even though we drove from Maryland for those special times. John was our “Santa”. One year the engineer in the family struggled to assemble a little red wagon as we all rolled with laughter.
    We loved you, John. You filled our lives with love, laughter, and special kindnesses.
    We send special sympathies to all.

  • Barbara,
    Our deepest sympathy is with you at this sad time in your life. John certainly left his mark on the world and in many hearts, and while I know how hard it is for you, I’m sure he’s making his mark in Heaven as well. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May you be surrounded by family and friends and lifted up by our loving God.
    Love & Prayers
    Joe & Reba

  • Barb, so very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sending a huge hug! Enola

  • Prayers and hugs for you, Barbara…and to the entire family. So very sorry. Much love to you all!

  • John was always a gentleman…truly one of the “good guys.” A great businessman, role model, and friend.
    A race well run my friend, prayers for Barbara…peace for you.

  • I am so sorry to hear of John passing. I know he was the love of your life. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Oh Barb I have no words to express my heartache for you. He was such an amazing man, one I respected I love how he loved you and treated you like the princess you are. John, you will be missed

  • I was very sorry to hear the news of Uncle John’s passing. He played an important role in my life when I was young. He took an interest in me and provided a great role model for me in later life. He will be missed.