Company History & Staff

Walter’s auction 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 Brothers Auctioneers began.

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 1962, Ben joined his father in the real estate and auction businesses. Tom joined Dave and Ben a few years later, as David Walter & Sons.  David passed away in 1971. Ben and Tom continued in the auction business as Walter Bros. and soon became incorporated in the 70’s. Walter Real Estate continued with Ben Walter as Broker.   After 50 years in the business they’ve decided to slow down a bit.   Tom retired in 2020.

In 2020 Matt became the active Broker.  Ben continues to have an active real estate & auction licenses.

Our Staff

Matthew Walter Broker / 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 / marketing graduate from the University of Findlay and has a daughter Katelyn who is a Senior at CHS.   Kati and Matt live and farm in western Wyandot Co.     In 2020 Ben and Matt switched their roles as active broker.


Ben Walter  Realtor / Auctioneer

Ben and Gloria Walter have 3 daughters, Deb Gosche, Patty Lucas & Cindy Sparks, a son, Matt and 7 grandchildren and 7 great grand children.  Deb is an occasional clerk and Patty and daughter Suzy helps cashier.

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.

David Thomas, Auctioneer:  Many sales you will see David assisting us as an auctioneer or clerk.

Auction Cashiers:  Patty Lucas, Suzanne Crouch, Brenda Ludwig.

Auction Clerks:  Jim Smith,  Robin Mc Crary,  David Thomas

Auction Prep Staff    Coly & Rita Hackorth and Ralph & Brenda Luzader are neighbors and life long friends they and their families help prepare auctions and work during the sales.

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