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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.