Thursday, December 13th, 2012
Walter Roy Burckholter, 80, Celina, died at 1:15 p.m. Dec. 12, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born Nov. 2, 1932, in Zanesville, to Roy and Clara Coyle Burckholter. On Aug. 21, 1954, he married Mary Lois Samsel, who survives.
Also surviving are his children, Michael (Diana) Burckholter, Celina, Brian (Joyce) Burckholter, Antwerp, Jon Burckholter, Columbus, Ga., Brad (Teresa) Burckholter, Celina, Caprice Burckholter, Lima, Chris (Marie) Burckholter, Celina; brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles (Gloria) Burckholter, Zanesville, William (Sandra) Burckholter, Philo, Wesley Burckholter, Germany, and Barbara Burckholter, California; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He graduated in 1949 from Philo High School, and then earned his bachelor's of science degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He was band director at schools in Coldwater, McComb, Washington Court House, Goshen and Morrow.
He also worked as a security guard for New Idea, Coldwater, and was a greeter at Walmart for the last 10 years.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home, Celina, Albert Alspaugh officiating. Burial will follow at Mercer Memory Gardens.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Children's Miracle Network.
Condolences may be left at LHDfuneralhome.com.
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