W. Walter Oehler
August 11, 1940 ‒ April 27, 2021
Formerly of Marion, Ohio
W. Walter Oehler, age 80, of Waldo, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at home with his loving family by his side following an extended illness.
On August 11, 1940, Walter was born at home in LaRue, Ohio, the youngest of nine children of the late Charles “Check” and Louise (Kurz) Oehler. He graduated from LaRue High School in the class of 1958.
One fateful day in the early 1960’s, a young lady, Linda Lichtenberger, and a friend stopped in to the Marion Frozen Food Center, to meet Walter at work and from there the rest is history. They were married on June 24, 1962, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo. They have cherished one another during their 59 years of marriage, and they raised two children: Debra and Timothy.
In 1963, shortly after getting married, Walter was drafted to serve his beloved country in the US Army. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, and had been stationed in Korea.
Upon his honorable discharge, Walter returned home to Marion, where he became a meat cutter at several of the local groceries. He spent the most time at Kroger’s, working at several of their locations, and lastly he worked at Whole Foods in Dublin.
Very faithful, Walter was an active member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo, where he had served as a deacon and as treasurer. He also had been a member of the Marion and Pleasant Senior Centers.
Having a green thumb, Walter was always outside tending to his large vegetable and flower gardens. Every year he grew everything from tomatoes, corn and green beans, to strawberries, blackberries and raspberries. He had countless other outdoor hobbies he enjoyed too.
One of Walter and Linda’s family pastimes was playing cards with their family and friends. They especially loved enjoyed playing euchre and pinochle. They also loved their annual trips to Hilton Head, South Carolina.
A family man through and through, Walter overflowed with love for his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also was an animal lover, always having a canine companion over the years.
Walter will be remembered a kind, fun loving man, who had a great smile. He also had a playful, mischievous way about him, as he loved to tease and joke around with his family and friends.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda Oehler; two children: Deb McEntire and Timothy (Tina) Oehler; six grandchildren: Skylar, Spencer, and Stephen McEntire, and Seth, Troy and Kylie Oehler; two siblings: Erma Miller and Paul (Becky) Oehler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Walter was preceded in death by two brothers: Samuel and Charles Oehler; and by four sisters: Martha Marie and Ruby Ruth Oehler, Pauline Jones, and Geneva Guinther.
His family will greet friends from 10 am – Noon on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waldo (address below). Services honoring his life will follow there at Noon with Pastors Jennifer Gonsalves and James Lichtenberger (brother-in-law) officiating. Masks will be required for anyone in attendance at the church. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Waldo Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 W. Main St., Waldo, OH 43356, or to Tranquility Hospice, 1949 W. Central Ave., Suite C, Delaware, OH 43015.
On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone at Joyce’s Angels for their care of Walter, especially Ron Shumaker and Jerri Edwards. They will also forever be grateful for Tranquility Hospice, especially Kate Ralph, for going above and beyond to care for Walter in his final days and weeks.
Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Walter’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.