Hon. Wallace Van C. Auser, 94

FULTON, NY – Hon. Wallace Van C. Auser, 94, of Fulton, passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2018, at Elderwood in Liverpool.

Hon. Wallace Van C. Auser
Hon. Wallace Van C. Auser

A native of Brooklyn, he spent his youth in Mountain Lakes, NJ.

Wally was a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where he received his under-graduate and law degrees.

He settled in Fulton, establishing a law practice in 1949.

He served as Fulton City Attorney; Fulton City Court Judge from 1969-1983 and County Court Judge from 1983 until his retirement in 1993.

During his retirement, he presided as a judicial hearing officer for several years.

Wally was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Fulton and in recent years was a member of the Northside Baptist Church in Liverpool.

Wally was a member of the Fulton Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Award recipient.

He served as president of the Fulton Library Board of Directors and was involved with many community activities and various historical and genealogical societies.

Wally enjoyed numerous hobbies which included genealogy, stamp collecting and railroad history.

Wally was predeceased by his beloved wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Morin Auser; a son, James Auser; and daughter, Elizabeth Auser.

Surviving are his two sons, Wallace (Sharon) Auser of Fulton and Jeffrey (Linda) Auser of Liverpool; daughter-in-law, Donna Auser Hancock of Louisville, Kentucky; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, February 18, at Foster Funeral Home, Inc., 910 Fay Street in Fulton.

A graveside service will be held at Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton, in the spring.

Memorial contributions are encouraged to Aurora of Central New York, Inc., 518 James St., Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13203-2282.


  1. Wally and family,
    My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family for the loss of Mr A…as I called him back in the day. I pray the love and support from family and friends will help you all through this difficult time!
    Debbie Wallace Hall

  2. Deepest sympathies to the family. I was with the Fulton PD during all of Judge Auser’s tenure at the Fulton City Court and had great respect for his fairness on the bench and loved his wonderfully dry wit.

  3. Judge Auser was quite the man. He had a reputation for being a firm and fair judge. He was humble and kind and concerned for less fortunate people.
    He came to my mother’s grave side service simply because years earlier she made a small but positive impact on him. It amazed me that he respected my mother enough to be there. Earth has lost a soldier and heaven has gained a true angel.
    My sympathy to the family. May Judge Auser rest in eternal peace.

  4. Dear Wally and Jeff and families:

    I read this with a heavy heart. Your Dad was one of the best men I have had the pleasure to know. I respected him and loved him too.

    Wally, as we called him, was the best. I not only worked in his law office, but as a court stenographer too. Many times I had an opinion and he listened and then said “I am the Judge”. Always made me laugh.

    I know he will be missed. He was so special to me and referred to himself as “Uncle Wally”. Working with him was one of the best experiences of my life.

    So many great memories and stories I will always remember and cherish.

    RIP Uncle Wally. Heaven will never be the same!!!

    Love and prayers to those who are left behind.

  5. Wally was a treasured member of our Reading Club at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego. His great knowledge and sharp sense of humor added immeasurably to our weekly meetings. At any moment he would break out in song if something in the reading reminded him of some tender memory. He was beloved by his fellow residents as a trusted spokesperson and friend. I will miss him. He playfully called me “Teach” as leader of the group but truly I was the “Learner”. Wally had so much to contribute in personal integrity and kindness that though we certainly will miss him, his spirit continues to inspire. If he could, he would perhaps break out in song with”Well meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when, but I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.” I believe that!

  6. The best judge the City had during my length of service. Firm and very fair, with a good sense of humor. He will be missed.

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