The Walter E. and Marie Ausenheimer Memorial Fund was created through a bequest from the estate of Marie Ausenheimer. The fund is used to support charitable organizations throughout the Foundation's service region through annual grantmaking.
Mr. Ausenheimer was born in Bucyrus, Ohio, son of the late August W. and Louise Marz Ausenheimer. A graduate of Bucyrus High School, he acquired an undergraduate degree from Ohio University at Athens. Mr. Ausenheimer came to Parkersburg in 1964 as the first president of the newly-created Walker-Parkersburg Division of the Textron Corp. after Textron purchased the Parkersburg Rig and Reel Corp. At the same time, Textron moved its manufacturing facilities of the Walker Bros. and their underfloor operations to Parkersburg from Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. Prior to coming to Parkersburg, Mr. Ausenheimer was controller for the McBee Co. of Athens and worked in other executive positions for the Royal McBee Corp. of New York. He was the controller for Walker Bros. in Conshohocken before his move to Parkersburg.
After his retirement from Walker, Mr. Ausenheimer served as chairman of the board of trustees of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital and Executive Director of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. He also completed two assignments for the International Executive Service Corps. in the Philippines and in Thailand. Mr. Ausenheimer was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg. Mr. Ausenheimer passed way in 1989.
Marie Ausenheimer was born and grew up in Albany, Ohio, and she graduated from Ohio University. She moved to Parkersburg with her husband Walter in 1964. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Parkersburg and of the chapter L of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. Over the years, she was active in the Parkersburg Women's Club and the American Association of University Women. She was a faithful volunteer for St. Joseph's Hospital for many years. Reading and playing bridge were two of her favorite hobbies. Mrs. Ausenheimer passed away in 2004.