Walter A. Mesenburg, 88, of Huron, died Monday, May 21, 2007, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after an extended illness.
He was born April 28, 1919, on Middle Bass Island and was a lifelong resident of the Huron area. He graduated from Townsend High School in 1937. He and his brother-in-law, Jake Claus, founded Walt's Sporting Goods in 1959 at the end of Main Street in Huron. It became the Pilot House in 1964 and then the Show Boat Restaurant in 1971, which Walter owned and operated until retiring in 1976. They both were instrumental in promoting and starting the Huron Water Festival and the Huron River Boat Races.
He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Huron; the DADS of Foreign Service Veterans Post 2743; Huron Eagles 2875; and was a former board member of the Huron Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed his Corvettes, gardening, playing cards, tennis, and loved to work on the beach at his house.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary (Claus), to whom he was married 61 years; three sons, Richard (Gloria) Mesenburg, Randall (Sherri) Mesenburg and Mitchell (Shannon) Mesenburg, all of Huron; grandchildren, Jamie and Jesse, Xin Hua, Marley, Khien and Ming Mesenburg and Paul (Natasha) Childers; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marie Patten of Reno, Nev., and Viola Marett of Norwalk; a brother, George Mesenburg of Collins; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret (Peg) Mesenburg; son, Terrence Mesenburg; parents, Peter and Kathryn (Riedy) Mesenburg; and a brother, Peter Mesenburg.
A memorial Mass will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron. Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron, is handling arrangements.
Contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be sent to fosterfh.com.