Robert J. "Bucky" Walter, 83, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, under their compassionate care.
He was born and raised in Cleveland, the son of the late Leroy and Helen (Wick) Walter. His favorite pastimes were playing baseball, where he earned his nickname, "Bucky," and building model airplanes.
He was a graduate of Case Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. Interrupting his college years, he served in Germany with the U.S. Army, being honorably discharged as a corporal.
His professional career began at N.A.C.A., the predecessor of N.A.S.A., continuing at both the Glenn Laboratory in Cleveland and the Plum Brook Reservation until his retirement. While there, he was responsible for the Space Power Facility, the Wind Turbine Project and the Stirling Engine.
All his adult life, he was an avid builder, flyer and competitor in model aircraft. He was a life member of the Society of Antique Modelers, an officer in S.A.M. Chapter 39 and an officer in the local Hurriott Sport Flyers.
Bucky is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Joan; stepchildren, Wendy Felt of Tonawonda, N.Y., Betsy DiVita of Clarence, N.Y., and William Masson of Shelburne, Vt., and their families; sister, June VonBenken of Parma, Ohio; and many dear nephews and nieces. He also leaves behind many loving friends.
At his request, there will be no visitation, but a Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 510 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Matt Frisbee will officiate.
The family suggests memorials may be sent in his name to Stein Hospice Services Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Arrangements are entrusted to the David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with his family at davidfkoch.com.