Walter Bros. Auctioneers history began when David E. Walter sold his first auction in 1936. A few years later his brother Austin R. Walter joined him and thus Walter Bros. Auctioneers was born.
Dave & Aus sold many auctions during the time the small farmer was leaving the farms. They also auctioned livestock at the local stockyards throughout Ohio. Austin passed away in 1963.
In 1963, Ben joined his father in the real estate and auction businesses. Tom joined Dave and Ben a few years later. David passed away in 1971. Ben and Tom continued in the auction business as Walter Bros. and soon became incorporated. Walter Real Estate continued with Ben Walter as Broker. The two of them have passed 50 years of business and are still very much active in all the business activities as well as being life long farmers in western Wyandot County.
Ben Walter Broker / Auctioneer
Ben and Gloria Walter have 3 daughters, Deb Gosche, Patty Lucas & Cindy Sparks, a son, Matt and 7 grandchildren and 6 great grand children. Gloria assists as a cashier, Deb is an occasional clerk and Patty helps cashier.
Tom Walter Realtor / Auctioneer
Tom and Donna Walter have 2 daughters, Leah & Lana, 2 sons, Craig & Kurt and 7 grandchildren.
Donna is a retired registered nurse.
Matt Walter Realtor / Auctioneer
Ben’s son, Matt , graduated from Repperts School of Auctioneering in 1990 later receiving his real estate sales and brokers licenses. He is a business graduate from the University of Findlay and has a daughter Katelyn who is a JR at CHS you will see running the food trailer. Matt and Kati live and farm in western Wyandot Co.
Kris Gosche Realtor / Auctioneer
Ben’s grandson, Kris Gosche, a 2006 graduate of Repperts School of Auctioneering and is a Realtor. Kris works with is father, Jim Gosche of Gosche Putnam Masonry and is a 2006 business graduate from The Ohio State University. Kris is married to Samantha Derr and Kris and Sammy have two children. Sammy clerks for us and she is a teacher for Carey Schools.
Heather Passet Office Secretary & Cashier
Heather Passet joined Walter Bros. in late October of 2018. She works in the office as our secretary. You will also see her in the cashier trailer on auction days. Heather is a mother of 3 children who attend Riverdale school and keep her busy with many sports and 4H projects.
Coly Hackworth is a neighbor and life long friend he and his wife Reta, her brother Ralph and his wife Brenda and their families help prepare auctions and work during the sales.