Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


“Good morning, I died.”

Virgil P. Walter passed away on November 3, 2023 of a not-so courageous year-long battle with cancer.

He was born on January 28, 1939 to Virgil J. and Mary E. Walter of Wooster Ohio.  He was a 1957 graduate of Wooster High School, and worked at Eicher’s grocery. He went on to a career at Rubbermaid, predominantly as a set-up technician on the presses in compression molding. He retired from Rubbermaid 2002.

Virgil married Mary Jane Wilson on May 29th 1965.  She passed on October 2, 2023. He is survived by a son Vincent Paul Walter (Lisa) of Lafayette, Indiana; daughters Ann Marie Shell (Jonathan) of Wooster and Michelle Renee Sheriff (Samuel) of Smithville; sisters; Marilyn Dalton, Lucille Hirschinger, Regina Howard; four Grandchildren Andrew Walter, a Butler University graduate, Courtney Walter a Purdue University graduate, now pursuing a master’s degree at Indiana State University, Neena Shell a student at Dartmouth College, and Chayton Shell a student at Middlebury College; step granddaughter Meagen (Sheriff) Bell of Knoxville, Tennessee; brother-in-law Mike Shouler of Wooster.

Along with his wife, Virgil was preceded in death by his parents; infant son Michael David Walter, who died shortly after birth; sisters Viginia Walter, Dorothy Moine, Regina Walter and sister-in-law Donna Shouler.

Virgil served his country in the Ohio National Guard in the 1960’s.

Virgil enjoyed local wildlife, working on his home and tinkering with his 1937 Ford. His children and grandchildren are thankful and will remember fondly his love of playing games, reading, and trips to the library. Also, his gentle disposition, kindness with animals, love of dogs (because they always want to be your friend), warm smile, and for treating all people equally and with great respect of their differences.

Private graveside services were held for both Virgil and Mary Jane with inurnment in St. Mary Cemetery.

Family and friends will gather for a Celebration of Life at their home at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Virgil to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. I worked with Virgil at Rubbermaid. I remember him as being a super nice guy. He did have a gentle disposition. I remember his sense of humor and him talking about his family and working on his car. He was one of the best set up men we had. I was saddened to hear that his last year was so rough. Sympathy and prayers to his family on the loss of him and his wife both so close together.

  2. Virgil was a very kind man! He truly did treat others equally and always with respect. He was well liked. Always talking with pride of his wife and children. I remember especially him sitting back by the office in CM, ( where the set up men would congregate for their breaks), always working the cross word puzzles in the Daily Record. RIP Virgil.


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