Walter G. Lauer, 89, of Newport, Ohio, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2012) at his residence. He was born Feb. 28, 1923, at Cow Run, Washington County, Ohio, a son of the late Walter Daniel and Anna Marie Wentzel Lauer. He was a lifelong member of the Newport United Methodist Church, where he was very active. He was a graduate of Newport High School, a carpenter and a member of the Carpenter Local Union #899 of Parkersburg. He was a former member of the Lions Club and a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, jack of all trades, he could fix anything and most of all he was a tinkerer.