Walter F. Hern, 91, Navarre, passed away Sunday morning, Nov. 4, 2012, at his residence.
Born in Killbuck on Nov. 15, 1921, the only son of the late Arch W. and Rebecca (Gray) Hern, Walter graduated from Killbuck High School with the class of 1939. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and shortly afterward began a 47-year career with the Alfred Nickles Bakery. He held various managerial and executive positions with Nickles in both the Navarre and Martins Ferry locations, before reluctantly retiring as vice president of sales in 1996.
He was of man of quiet faith and had attended St. Paul United Church of Christ. Walter had been a 32nd degree Mason and was honored for more than 65 years of membership in the Ohio F&AM. He was particularly fond of the fishing trips he and the family made to Canada and seeing old friends at his class reunions. He also enjoyed classic movies and was a fan of the Cleveland Indians and the Browns.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian B. (Carpenter) Hern; and his parents.
Surviving are a son, Major Walter F. "Butch" (Janet) Hern, USAF (retired), of Bossier City, La.; and several cherished friends including, Phyllis Cotton and her family, especially her daughter, Nancy (Don) Berkey, and Gretchen Angerman and her family.
Services will be today (Thursday, Nov. 8) at 11 a.m. at Atkinson Feucht Hare Funeral Home in Navarre. Burial will be in Killbuck Cemetery.
To share a fond memory and sign the online guest book, please visit www.atkinsonfeucht.com.