Walter Drexler, 88

Walter L. Drexler, 88, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta.
He was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Wapakoneta, the eldest son of Marie and Anthony Drexler, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 23, 1949, he married Ellen V. Drexler, and she preceded him in death in September of 2012.
Surviving are four sons, Gary (Debbie) Drexler, of Kent, Steve (Deborah) Drexler, of Lima, Kevin (Cheryl) Drexler, of Wapakoneta, and John (Nancy) Drexler, of Westchester; seven grandchildren, Meredith (Jonathan) Fraysure, of Maysville, Ky., Tasha Drexler, of Sandusky, Adam Drexler, of Dallas, Texas, Sydney Drexler, of Lima, Erica Drexler, of Wapakoneta, Nathen Drexler, Fort Meade, Md., and Joshua Drexler, of Westchester; two great-grandchildren, Gracy and Aireana; a sister, Rita Dailey; and a brother, Aflred Drexler.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Torri Drexler; three brothers, Andrew, Clyde, and Harold; and a sister, Helen Steinke.
Walter retired in 1984 from Superior Tube after 33 years. Walter served in World War II being one of the Army soldiers landing on D-Day. He served time in Italy, France and Germany during his years in the Army. Through a world of chances, he met his wife Ellen while serving in Germany and enjoyed 63 years of marriage before her death.
He enjoyed gardening where he loved caring for his roses. His passion was watching basketball games, at any level. He especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s activities.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will be in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post 8445.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Friday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be given to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund.
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