Mr. Babiak was born in Baligrod, Poland, sonÂ of the late Anton and Marra (Szpak) Babiak. He had lived in Germany, Australia, and Cleveland moving to Nova in 1959.
While in Poland he was a member of the Ukrainian partisans who battled both the Soviet and Nazi forces. He and his wife had owned and operated Wally`s Grocery Store in Nova from 1959 to 1968. They then built the Continental Country Store in Nova in 1969.Â Walter was well known for repairing clocks.
Walter is survived by two daughters, Angela Robertson of Nova and Gisela (Paul) Mattingly of Chippewa Lake; and a grandson, Robert Robertson of Nova; two nephews, Zen Babiak of North Royalton, and Ihor Babiak of Cleveland.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria in October; a son-in-law, Dick Robertson; three sisters and two brothers.
Friends may call 5 to 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Eastman Funeral Home, 200 W. Main St., New London, where memorial services will be held at 7 P.M.Â Br. Harry Finkbone will officiate. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church Nova Community, 257 State Route 511, Nova, Ohio 44859.