Walter David Atchison, 82, of Hudson, died peacefully April 6, 2013 surrounded by family, after a brief battle with cancer.

Born March 19, 1931 in Detroit, to James and Zella Atchison (Beecher), Mr. Atchison graduated from John Marshall High School in Cleveland. He joined the ROTC at the University of Michigan in 1949 and served as a lieutenant commander and a pilot in the Naval Reserves for 18 years. He graduated from Michigan in 1957 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA. He was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Mr. Atchison leaves his brother Arthur Atchison (Pat), daughter Susan Gaspar (Robert), son Scott Atchison (Claire), son David Atchison (Tina) , daughter Cathy Galat (Jim) and nine grandchildren, and companion for more than 16 years, Judith Chase. He was preceded in death by his brother Jim Atchison (Jennifer), sister, Aida, wife Sally (Ginn), daughter Lynn, and son Robert.

Mr. Atchison's 40 successful in the steel industry culminated with Hanna Mining and afforded him the opportunity to travel and create many lifelong friends. An avid golfer, tennis player, and skier, he enjoyed nothing more than time spent with his family.

A Memorial Service will be held at The Spiritual Life Society, 1 E. Main St., Hudson, OH (The Old Church on the Green), April 11 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends April 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Johnson-Romito Funeral Home, 19 E. Main St., Hudson. For more information call 330-650-4181.