BUNKER HILL - Peter Hans Clarence Dauwalder, 84, was received into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on May 3, 2020. By his side, was the love of his life, Nancy Ann (Sherburn) whom he married on September 1, 1955. Pete was delighted to spend his last week on earth in the home he shared with Nancy, in Bunker Hill, a mile north of Berlin. He enjoyed a week of love, fellowship and laughter, surrounded by family and friends, after a brief illness.
Peter was born on September 2, 1935 in Spiez, Switzerland, the only son of the late John & Lili (Mueller) Dauwalder, and the big brother to his sister, the late Marguerite Kauffman. John and Lili brought Peter and Marguerite to the United States in 1947 to assume the ownership of Bunker Hill Cheese from Peter’s Uncle the late Crist Dauwalder.
In 1962, Peter and Nancy assumed the ownership of the cheese factory, and together they established not only a successful wholesale business serving grocery and specialty retailers nationwide, but were a catalyst in creating the incredible growth of tourism in Ohio’s Amish Country by visioneering Heini’s Cheese Chalet, where visitors to Holmes County could experience dozens of the unique cheeses that Peter’s creative spirit brought to market.
Peter was proud to be a naturalized American citizen and served as a corporal in the United States Air Force at Wright Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton, Ohio. He loved aviation and obtained a private pilot’s license, enjoying decades of flying for business travel and personal recreation. He also was a very accomplished trap shooter and won many shooting contests throughout Ohio. For many years, Peter was also an active participant in the Holmes County Lion’s Club, East Holmes Sportsman’s Club & The Ohio Swiss Cheese Association
Peter is survived by his wife Nancy and their three daughters, and sons in law; Linda (Cary) Dachtyl of Columbus, Ohio; Lisa (Robert) Troyer & LeeAnne (Michael) Heath, of Berlin.
Peter loved spending time with and encouraging his grandchildren; Quentin Lee (Ashley) Martin & Great Granddaughter Lyla of Dover, Quinn Robert Martin and fiancé Erin Meese of New Philadelphia, Jillian Blair Troyer and fiancé Don McCabe of Rockville Centre, Long Island, and Christian Peter Troyer of Berlin. Peter is also survived by nephews Richard Kauffman & Steven Kauffman of Berlin; Fritz (Shelly) Kauffman of Smithville; Kimberly (John) Yoder of Millersburg & Kelli (John) Thomas of Winesburg; in addition to many beloved family members in Switzerland.
Peter and Nancy enjoyed attending NewPointe Community Church in Dover, as well as the pastoral ministry and abiding friendship of Pastor David & Erma Clemens.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff of LifeCare Hospice, Walnut Hills Rehabilitation, Pomerene/Aultman Hospitals, as well as, special friends Robert Martin, Christy Richards, John & Lydia Schmid for their care and encouragement during Peter’s illness.
Established in 1935, Bunker Hill Cheese, or Heini's, is a third-generation, family owned company. John (Hans) Dauwaulder trained as a master cheese-maker in Switzerland and came to the States in the 1920's to display his Artisan talents in a growing cheese market. Through the years the Dauwalder family has partnered with local farmers to produce their cheese and that commitment remains strong. Today up to twelve tons of cheese can be made in a day: we make over 25 varieties of cheese averaging 50,000 pounds of cheese a week and offer free samples of over 50 varieties of cheese, Meat, Jams, and Fudge daily.
Heini’s Cheese Chalet has been producing our signature Cheese Fudge for over 40 years. We make over ten flavors with additional seasonal varieties like Pumpkin Pie and Peppermint. Customers enjoy some unique flavors such as Root Beer Float and Rainbow Sherbet. The most popular flavors are Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Nut, and Peanut Butter.
Heini's Cheese Chalet is where the cheese is made! home of Bunker Hill Cheese Co., Inc. All Natural, artisan cheese produced with fresh milk from local farms milk. Foodies will love the unique experience of our copper kettle room with sampling and demos of Jams, Jellies, Smoked Meats, Sauces, and our famous Heini's Cheese Fudge.
Holmes County has lush rolling hills with widespread views of farmland and animals dotting the countryside. Spring and summertime brings planting and work horses plowing the field; during harvest you can see shocks of wheat and corn and gorgeous fall colors while winter dresses in blankets of snow. Heini's Cheese Chalet is in the heart of Amish country but minutes away is great shopping, lodging, theaters and more!
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