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Walter G. Fuetterer entered into the realm of heaven on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana in Columbus.
Walter G. Fuetterer, Jr. was born May 1, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Luella (Mott) and Walter George Fuetterer, Sr. He graduated from Proviso High School in Maywood, Illinois, in 1952. He and Eva Mae Thompson were united by marriage on May 22, 1954 in West Lafayette, Indiana.
While attending Purdue University, he was a commissioned ROTC graduate and served eight years. During active duty, he was stationed at Fort George Meade and Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland, where he was honorably discharged after being promoted to captain in the Ordinance Corps. He graduated from Purdue with a BSME in 1956, and joined Cummins Engine Company as a Product Engineer the same year. He was promoted first to Assistant Chief Engineer and later as On-Highway Product Manager, retiring from the company in 1987. He then served as plant manager for Meadows Metal Products, followed by employment as a manufacturing consultant for both Columbus Container and Midwest Art Metal.
During 20 of his 49 years of employment, he was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, seated as a member of both the Oil Seal and Editorial committees and eventually serving as chairman of the Vee Belt Committee. Furthermore, he served on the National Nominating Committee and was a member of the Indianapolis Society of Automotive Engineers, where he subsequently served on the board and ultimately chaired the group. As an adult leader in scouting (serving as a cub master, scoutmaster, and chairman of adult scout training), he taught boys how to hike, camp and canoe while on several trips to the Smokey Mountains, Current River, and Philmont Scout Ranch. These efforts earned him honors as a Wood Badge graduate and Order of the Arrow and Silver Beaver awards. His cumulative work in the Society of Automotive Engineers and Boy Scouts also resulted in his being named Indianapolis Engineer of the Year.
He was an active member of the JayCees, Kiwanis, and served as both a member and president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Bartholomew County, the Masonic High 12 Club, Master Mason St. John’s Lodge 20, and the Jefferson Park Co-Owners Association. Additionally, he held a very deep faith in God and was active in the North Christian Church, including Chair of the Deacons, Trustees, Elders and Congregation.
He had a passion for golf and reading. He was a loving and dedicated son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Sheryl and son-in-law Mark Seib of Poseyville, Indiana; his son, Michael and daughter-in-law Kathy of Phoenix, Arizona; his grandchildren, Sarah (Seib) and Thomas J. Martin of Omaha, Nebraska, Andrea (Seib) and Eric Gentry of Wadesville, Indiana, Amy (Fuetterer) and Richard Greywitt of San Francisco, California, and Megan Fuetterer of Portland, Oregon; his great-grandchildren Ellie and Brynn Martin, and Levi Gentry; and his sister Sharlene and brother-in-law Oliver Hagen of Willmar, Minnesota.
Calling hours will be 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Jewell-Rittman Funeral Home and with services Friday, November 15, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at North Christian Church with Rev. Lanny Lawler officiating, with calling from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church. Burial will be at Daugherty Cemetery.
Please, in lieu of flowers, make a memorial donation to the North Christian Church Permanent Fund A, 850 Tipton Lane, Columbus, Indiana 47201 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 East 17th Street, Columbus, Indiana, 47201.
You may view his video after 3 p.m. Thursday, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.