Howard J. Walsman, 95, Fishers, a former Batesville resident for 88 years, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013.
Born Sept. 16, 1917, in Sunman, he was the son of Quirin and Lydia (Meyer) Walsman. On June 25, 1941, at St. Louis Catholic Church, he married Gertrude Buck, who preceded him in death Oct. 22, 1994.
Howard served in the Army during World War II and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, a Knights of Columbus Council 1461 fourth degree Knight, Indiana Home Furnishings Association Board of Directors former member, Batesville Jaycees founding member and Hillcrest Country Club charter member.
Howard, along with his brother, Robert, owned and operated The Walsman Co., a former Batesville furniture store, for over 50 years before retiring in 1995.
According to his family, he loved to make people laugh and had thousands of stories for any occasion, which served him well in dealing with the public. His family said the bigger his audience, the more he liked it.
Howard enjoyed several interests, which included being an avid golfer, playing bridge, ballroom dancing and watching “Wheel of Fortune.” He also watched sports and was a Colts and IU basketball fan. Something you might not know about Howard was that in his younger days, he had a dance band called The Continentals in which he played the saxophone.
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Beverly and Dan Poske, Indianapolis, and Dianne and Dave Jessup, Fishers; son and daughter-in-law David and Betty Lou Walsman, Indianapolis; sister Barbara Ernstes, Greensburg; brothers the Rev. Paul Walsman, OFM, Santa Fe, N.M., and Robert Walsman, Batesville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Helen Picker.
Visitation is Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services follow at 11:30 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church with his brother, Father Paul, officiating.
Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271. The family requests memorials to the Batesville food pantry.