Roy E. Walter

September 21, 1924 ‒ January 11, 2018

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON:  Roy Walter was a lifelong servant.  As a teenager he served his country during WWII.  A hard-working family man, he provided for his wife and children.  For decades, Roy served the Lexington and Mansfield communities volunteering on numerous boards and committees.

Roy E. Walter, 93, of Lexington passed away Thursday, January 11, 2018 in Avita Ontario Health System following an extended illness.

The son of Everett and Beuna (Case) Walter, Roy was born September 21, 1924 in Clarington, Ohio.  A Navy Veteran, Roy served in WWII, specifically in the US Navy Armed Guard: a gun crew establishing defensive firepower aboard Allied Merchant Marine ships.  Following his Navy career and upon moving to Lexington, Roy worked as the Marshal for Richland County.  He also worked in construction before entering into the insurance profession.  Upon his retirement as an insurance broker, Roy held the position of Promotional Manager for the Richland County Fairgrounds.  He retired after 25 years.

Roy was a Kentucky Colonel, a member of the Bellville Masonic Lodge #376, the Mansfield Shriners, was past president of Volunteers of America, past president of the Draft Board where he received three Presidential Citations.  Roy was chairman of the Welfare Board, served on the Lexington City Council, was a 40 year member of the Richland County Fair Board, and was a charter member of the Lexington VFW.  Roy also created the former Toy Time Inc.

Roy loved attending tractor shows and was a member of the Silver King Club.  He loved cruising on his Honda Goldwing and was a member of the Goldwing Club.

Roy attended Fusion Ministries in Lexington as well as Guiding Light, in North Fort Myers, Florida.

He is survived by his children Valerie Walter of Ontario, Terry (Ellen) Walter of Lexington, Paula (Kenny) Clagg of Mansfield, and Roy Alex (Deb) Walter of Lexington; 13 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Maxine (Richard) Meredith and Regina Sand, brother-in-law Carl Noblet; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and beloved French Poodle-Cricket.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Grace L. Walter; sons Daryl “Bud” and John Walter; and brothers Carl and Orville Walter.

The Walter family will receive friends Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where Masonic services will begin at 7 pm.  Funeral services will be held Thursday at the funeral home at 11 am.  Pastor Jim Streib will officiate and military honors performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will be held on the funeral home grounds.  Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Shriners International may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Val, Very sorry about your fathers passing. You have many memories to comfort you. May God help you through

    Susan Arnold

  • Terry, Valerie, Paula & Alex,
    So so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was one of my favorites. Loved your Mom & Dad very much. They were always so good to us, and it warmed Mom & Dad’s heart when they never lost touch with them after we left Johnsville. Dad & I just sat here and watched the video you put together. It was beautiful. Such great memories. Loved seeing you kids, and Margie & Guy, as well as Mom & Dad at their wedding vow renewal. I told Dad that they are all waiting for him up there now and he agreed. I was a bit taken aback when I saw that Johnny had passed. I had no idea, and that made me sad as well. Thank you for sharing your folks with all of us. God Bless you all….Ruth (Reep) Lenarz, Rev. Mark Reep

  • What a great guy, May you find comfort in precious memories. God Bless you all !!
    bob and Chick Milum and family

  • Father Roy lived a long, full, accomplished life, but sadness at the loss, but joy to know he’s where his faith took him. Amen and amen! My joy to have worked with Mrs. Debbie and acquainted with Her husband Roy. Blessings, Col Bob

  • Dear Valerie & Paula ,
    So sorry for your loss! May the memories of your Dad give you comfort during this difficult time.
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!