April 28, 1919 - May 21, 2007
HURON - Walter A. Mesenburg, 88, of Huron, died Monday at Stein Hospice Center, Sandusky after an extended illness.
He was born April 28, 1919 at 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 in 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 No. 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 of 61 years, Rosemary (Claus); sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Gloria Mesenburg, Randall and Sherri Mesenburg and Mitchell and Shannon Mesenburg, all of Huron; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sisters, Marie Patten of Reno, Nev. and Viola Marett of Norwalk; a brother, George Mesenburg of Collins; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Kathryn (Riedy) Mesenburg; a daughter, Margaret "Peg" Mesenburg; a son, Terrence Mesenburg; and a brother, Peter Mesenburg.
A memorial mass will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St., Huron.
Foster Funeral Home, 410 Main St., Huron, is handling the arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.