Walter D. ‘Red’ Anspach

January 22, 1937 ‒ January 28, 2016

Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Ada, Ohio

Walter D. “Red” Anspach, age 79, of Mount Gilead, died Thursday evening, January 28, 2016, at Woodside Village following an extended illness.

On January 22, 1937, Red was born in Kenton, Ohio, one of two children of the late Walter Sandy and Thelma (McElroy) Anspach.  He was raised in Ada, Ohio, where he graduated from Ada High School and started serving in the National Guard.

In 1958, Red enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany and Lebanon during peacetime.

Upon his honorable discharge, Red returned to Ada, Ohio, where he began working for the Columbia Gas of Ohio Company.  He worked as a line service man there until transferring to Delaware.  Everyone at the company knew him as “Red” because of his bright red hair.  He worked for a total of thirty five years until his retirement.

While at Columbia Gas in Delaware, Red met fellow co-worker Audrey Kennedy Bailey.  They married on December 24, 1979.

During his time in Ada, Red was dedicated to the community, serving as a fireman and EMS provider.  He also served a term as their fire chief.

Red is survived by his wife, Audrey Anspach; four children: Robert “Sandy” (Cindy) Anspach, Don Anspach, Charisse (Tony) Smith, and Rick (Susan) Bailey; seven grandchildren: Justin (Kristin) Haas, Hunter (Caitlin) Smith, Brook (Ashley) Bailey, Cassandra Bailey, Breck Bailey, and Savannah and Cierra Anspach; five great-grandchildren: Aubrey and Zerick Bailey, Kendal and Serenity Bailey, and Sawyer Bailey; a sister, Judy (Tom) Reese; and several nieces and nephews.

Services honoring Red’s life will be observed privately in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Edison United Methodist Church, 335 S. Boundary St., Edison, OH 43320.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Red’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • I am so sorry to hear about Red passing . I worked with him at Columbia Gas for many years. He was always so nice and I really enjoyed working with him. He always made work fun in those days. My condolences to the family.
    Ron Akers

  • Audrey – we were so sorry to read of Red’s passing. Our sincere condolence. We have such fond memories of our visits with you and Red at the campground. Frank & Betty Stumbo

  • Grew up with Red in Ada,Ohio played high school sports, drank a few Beers and had some great times with him and his family… Have’nt seen Red for a few years but going to miss him just knowing that he is gone !! Many fond memories and condolences to his loving Family !!! Gene and Karen McClure

  • Audrey and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We just got back from vacation. God Bless you all.

  • Worked with Red at columbia gas always enjoyed seeing Red when he would stop bye when I was fishing at Indian Lake. Sorry for your loss.