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Walter Jay Messer

Walter Jay Messer

Died: Thursday, November 08, 2007
Age: 88
Walter Jay Messer, age 88 of 1813 Hillstone Dr, Findlay, Ohio passed away in the company of family members at Fox Run Manor in Findlay, Ohio on Thursday, November 8, 2007. He was born January 2, 1919 in Almont, to the late Verne B. and Elizabeth (Stepnitz) Messer.

He was first married to Marian Janet Pardo and she preceded him in death in 1985. On August 6, 1988 he married Virginia M. Rogers and she survives in Findlay. Also surviving is a daughter, Jill Messer (Barry) Burns of Lansing, MI; sons, Jack B. (Margaret) Messer of Boyne City, MI and Jeffrey V. (Gretchen) Messer of Ashford, CT.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jay L. Messer and Jays wife Ludmilla survives in Troy, MI. Other survivors include his sister Elizabeth Halsey of Almont, MI. A sister Helen Hyma preceded him in death.

Two step-children also survive, Ruthellen Ondrus of Findlay and Roger Jackson of Sterling Heights, MI. Ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.

He was retired from the USDA Soil Conservation Department in 1978. He was a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in agricultural engineering. He attended Faith Presbyterian Church and was an avid volunteer for the Hancock Park District. He belonged to the Naturalist Club and was a member of the Reick Center. He also volunteered at Fox Run Manor and Sunrise Assisted Living. He was recently honored as a Fellow in Civitan International.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Imlay City, and did extensive volunteer work at Seven Ponds Center in Lapeer County.

Funeral service for Mr. Messer were held on Sunday, November 11, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 700 E. Melrose Ave, Findlay, Ohio with Pastor Michael Martin officiating.

Memorial tributes may be made in his memory to the Civitan Club in care of Coldren-Crates Funeral Home. Condolences can be sent via www.coldrencrates.com

Arrangements were made by Coldren-Crates Funeral Home in Findlay, Ohio.
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