Walter Bryan Voisard
December 14, 1925 – September 10, 2018
Walter Bryan Voisard passed away in his home at Bethany Lutheran Village on Monday, September 10, 2018 at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his son Richard, his mother Cecil Stump Voisard Martin, his father James, his brothers Bob and Don (Judy), his sister Margaret , and his niece, Jennifer.
Wally was married to his wonderful wife of 71 years, Midge (Singleton). He was the beloved father of Steve (Mee Ling), Terri (Joe Gschwender) and Sue (Steve Donegia). He was the loved grandfather of Philip, Lelan, Nathan, Stephanie (Adam), Megan, Nicole (Brent), Walter II, Haley and Brice. He was the great-grandfather to Dani, Baysia, Kieran, Judah, Pixie, Zoe, Apollo, Max, Zippy, Azelia, and Jake. He was brother to Jim and Donna Bisch (Ed) and Uncle to Lynn, Jim (Trish) and Brian.
Walter was born in the East end of Dayton, Ohio. He and his family resided during most of his youth on St. Joseph Avenue in East Dayton and he graduated from Patterson Cooperative High School in Dayton. He entered the Army Air Corps at the end of World War II and was stationed in Oklahoma. After his honorable discharge, he attended University of Cincinnati, married his sweetheart, Midge and graduated from University of Cincinnati in Mechanical Engineering.
Walter’s lifetime hobbies were weight-lifting and swimming. He and his family were avid boaters and water-skiers. In later years, Walter and Midge loved to travel both domestically and internationally. He and Midge were participating members of Peace Lutheran Church in Beavercreek , Ohio and Peace Lutheran Church in Sarasota, Florida during their snow bird years. Walter and Midge also enjoyed dancing, appreciated art and classical music, as well as enjoy attending musical theater.
Walter’s life was dedicated to his career in Aviation. He began as a mechanical engineer at McCauley Steel Corporation (originally Howell) which made bladed propellers for small aircraft. He later became Chief Engineer and then General Manager of McCauley Industrial Corporation, a division of Cessna Aircraft. He was noted for many propeller patents through McCauley. He continued his career after retirement as a legal consultant for high profile insurance cases involving small plane accidents until the age of 87.
Walt, Wally, Dad, Grandpa, Papa, G., Great-Grandpa, Brother, Uncle, Friend: We love and appreciate that you were a person that we could always depend on. You were a kind and generous man always giving love, support and guidance. You were a man devoted to your family and we loved that big smile that spread across your face when we walked back into your home after an absence. Your sense of humor, fortitude, love, perseverance, faith, courage, work ethic, enthusiasm for sports and appreciation of the arts forever shaped our lives. We are grateful that you were ours for 92 years and we will miss you dearly.
- Visitation Saturday, September 15, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 15, 2018
Walter Bryan Voisard
November 9, 2018
I am an Engineer at McCauley Propeller Systems. Mr. Voisard was a giant in the world of propellers. He retired from McCauley in 1990, but the propellers and work he did are still very much a part of our business. I had the great privilege of corresponding with Mr. Voisard a bit in the past few years, and I learned so much each time we talked. I hardly knew him personally, but I am intimately familiar with the great professional legacy he left McCauley and the aviation industry. His props are flying all over the world, and have provided a livelihood for me and so many others. He has my respect and gratitude.
September 12, 2018
What precious memories I have of this man! I spent the majority of my time at the Voisard home during my Jr. Hi and H.S years. Sue was my best friend and I was the ever present sidekick! My father suffered a severe health crisis my 7th grade summer and this precious family surrounded me with unconditional love and support! I was present at many, many family get togethers in the back yard, several vacations and more week days and weekends that I could ever count! The PATIENCE was unending where these giggly and silly girls were concerned! Patience in EVERYTHING from attempting to teach this blonde to play cards, all the way to teaching me to water ski. (Never successful there😊). As an adult, I could never express enough my love and gratitude for all that “dad” Voisard and his precious family provided. He will be greatly missed and forever in my heart ❤️
All my love, Sharon
September 12, 2018
Uncle Walter -- what can I say. What a remarkable man and I'm so blessed to have known you and call you Uncle. My most happy memory is when we used to go to Ponderosa with Grandma Martin as a family and you always took extra napkins and I mean tons of extra napkins. So when you announced that you were retiring, for months when ever I went out to eat I took extra napkins put them all in a big box and wrapped it up beautifully so when you retired you would always have napkins cause I knew funds would be short. I loved your laugh when you saw them. You were so kind and appreciative of everything I did for dad when he was ill and I so appreciated your kinds words to me. I love you and will surely miss you.