Walter G. Babcock Jr., of Indianapolis, Ind., died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at the age of 90.
He was born in Sandusky, Dec. 7, 1922, to Walter G. “Mike” Babcock and Annabelle M. Babcock (Ontko), who preceded him in death.
He had been married for 69 years Christmas evening, to Marian F. (Cross) Babcock.
Walter was a graduate of Sandusky High School and was an avid all-sports participant, serving as captain and quarterback on the Sandusky High School team in 1940. He attended Bowling Green University for one semester when he was drafted for service in the U.S. Army Air Force. For three years he served mostly in the South Pacific as an aircraft mechanic. His C-46 was the first plane to land in Japan proper after the “bomb.” He attained the rank of sargent. His three brothers, Robert, Joseph and David also served in separate forces of the U.S. military during World War II.
Walter retired in Ashland, Ohio, after 32 years (29 years in management) with Western & Southern Life Insurance Company of Cincinnati. He received every award offered by his company for outstanding salesmanship as an agent (Sandusky), manager and district manager (Gary, Ind. and Ashland/Mansfield, Ohio). He was well known for his passion of providing insurance products to his customers to protect their financial futures.
He also served in many community charity drives such as the Polio Drive, Easter Egg Program, JC Park, and Red Feather program. He was a charter member of the YMCA, president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, president of the Senior “Y” Men’s Club and was a working official of the Mansfield track meets for 32 years. He was a member of the VFW, AMVETS, American Legion, and a volunteer at the Ohio Veterans Home, as well as being a board member of the Salvation Army in the 1950’s. He also served as Sunday School secretary/treasurer of First Evangelical and Reformed Church in Sandusky. He was an enthusiastic public speaker as well as having a passion for horses.
Walter is survived by his wife, Marian; three children, Walter G. III of Indianapolis, Ind., James A. of Florida, and Barbara A. Phillip of Brookfield, Wis.; three brothers, Robert D. of Guilford, Conn., Joseph C. of Springfield, Mass., and David J. of Urbandale, Iowa; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Private graveside services will be held in Sandusky at a future date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 363, Greenwood, IN 46142.
Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, Sandusky, is assisting the family with arrangements.