Tombstone Tuesday–Walter L. & Paula H. (Buechner) Allmandinger

Walter L & Paula H (Buechner) Allmandinger, Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Van Wert County, Ohio. (2012 photo by Karen)

This is the tombstone of Walter and Paula (Buechner) Allmandinger, located in row 7 of Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Schumm, Van Wert County, Ohio. The marker is inscribed:

Walter L.
Paula H.

Walter Leonhard Allmandinger was born in Mercer County, Ohio, on 22 February 1900, the son of William (1867-1919) and Barbara (Hoehamer) (1877-1929) Allmandinger. He was baptized 11 March 1900 at Zion Lutheran Church, Chattanooga, with his parents serving as sponsors. 

At that time the William Allmandinger family lived in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, where they attended Zion Lutheran at Chatt. About 1904 the family moved to Willshire Township, Van Wert County, where they then attended Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm.

The William Allmandinger household in 1900, living in Mercer County: William C, 32; Barbara S, 22; Richard E, 1; Walter L, 3 months; and Henry Grepner, 29, boarder. The father William was a farmer. [1]

The William Allmandinger household in 1910, living in Van Wert County: William, 43; Barbara, 33; Richard, 11; Walter, 10; Marie, 9; Caroline, 8; Bertha, 6; Hugo, 4; Fredrick, 2; Lila, 3 months; and Leroy Lautzenheiser, 20, servant/farm work. [2] 

The father William Allmandinger died in 1919. His widow Barbara with their children in 1920: Barbara S, 42; Richard E, 21; Walter L, 19; Marie M, 18; Caroline K, 17; Bertha M, 16; Hugo J, 13; Fredrick N, 12; Lillie L, 9; Minnie l, 8; Martin W, 6; Aaron L, 2; and Anna B, 2. [3]

Walter Allmandinger married Paula Buechner at Zion Schumm on 2 June 1929. They were both were members of the congregation and were married by Rev. R.O Bienert. Aaron Buechner and Pauline Hofmann were their witnesses.

Paula Henriette Buechner was born 15 January 1901, the daughter of William (1865-1955) and Katherine (Schumm) (1874-1958) Buechner. She was baptized 27 January 1901 at Zion Schumm. Henriette, Hilda, and Lydia Schumm served as her sponsors.

The William Buechner household in 1910: William, 45; Katharine, 36; Aaron, 11; Paula, 9; Alma, 2; and Ida Stamm, 25, servant. William and Katherine had been married 14 years. Katherine had given birth to 4 children, 3 of whom were living. William’s occupation was farmer. [4]

The William Buechner household in 1920: William, 54; Katherine, 45; Aaron, 20; Paula, 19; and Alma, 12. [5]

By 1930, both of Walter Allmandingers’s parents had died and the some of the younger Allmandinger children went to live with their older, married siblings. Walter and Paula took in two of Walter’s siblings and his brother Richard Allmandinger and wife Frieda (Schumm) took in two other siblings. Walter and Paula lived next door to Richard and Frieda. The Walter Allmandinger household in 1930: Walter, 30; Paula, 29; Aaron Allmandinger, 12; and Anna Allmandinger, 13. Walter’s occupation was farmer. [6]

Walter and Paula had a son, Edgar, born in 1931.

The Walter Allmandinger family in 1940: Walter, 40; Paula, 39; and Edgar, 8. [7]

Walter Allmandinger died at home on 2 October 1969. His obituary:

Walter L. Allmandinger
Willshire—Walter L. Allmandinger, 69, of Rt. 1, Willshire, died at 3:30 a.m. today at his residence. Death was attributed to a heart condition.

 Mr. Allmandinger, who was engaged in farming prior to his retirement, was born Feb. 27, 1900, he was the son of William C. and Barbara S. (Hoehamer) Allmandinger. He was a native of Blackcreek Township, Mercer County.

 Survivors include his widow, the former Paula Buechner, whom he married June 2, 1929; a son, Edgar W. of Anaheim, Calif.; four sisters, Mrs. Walter (Anna) Kammeyer of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Derwood (Minnie) Drydale of Chicago, Mrs. William (Maria) Beard of Rt. 2, Convoy and Mrs. Gilbert (Lillie) Malmberg of Evanston, Ill.; three brothers, Richard of Rt. 1, Willshire and Frederick and Martin, both of Glenmore and three granddaughters.

 Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

 Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Zion Lutheran Church at Schumm with the Rev. Robert Schuler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

 Friends may call at the Zwick Funeral Home, Decatur, after 7 p.m. Friday until 11:30 a.m. Sunday and at the church from 12:30 p.m. Sunday until the time of services. [8]

Paula (Buechner) Allmandinger died at the Lutheran Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on 13 September 2004, at the age of 103. She was buried on the 18th. [9]

[1] 1900 U.S. Census, Black Creek, Mercer, Ohio, ED 74, p.10A, dwelling 200, family 200, William C. Almandinger; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 9 June 2013).

[2] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.4B, dwelling 79, family 80, line Wm. Allmandinger; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 9 June 2013).

[3] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, PD 146, p.3A, dwelling 52, family, 53, Barbara S Allmindinger; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 10 Jan 2020).

[4] 1910 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 114, p.6A, dwelling 114, family 115, William Buechner; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 13 Jan 2020).

[5] 1920 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 146, p.2A, dwelling & family 34, William A Buchner; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 13 Jan 2020).

[6] 1930 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 24, p.2A, dwelling 37, family 38, Walter Almandinger; digital image by subscription, ( : viewed 13 Jan 2020).

[7] 1940 U.S. Census, Willshire, Van Wert, Ohio, ED 81-28, p.5B, household 99, Walter Almandinger; digital image by subscription,  ( : viewed 13 Jan 2020).

[8] Walter Allmandinger obituary, Van Wert Times Bulletin, 2 Oct 1969, p.2; digital image by subscription,, viewed 13 Jan 2020.

[9] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011, Year 2004, Roll 13, Indiana Archives and Records Administration, Indianapolis, Paula H. Allmandinger, 13 Sep 2004; database on-line,, viewed 13 Jan 2020. 


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