Auker retired in 1943 so that he could contribute to the war effort. From 1943-1945, he worked on airplane and naval guns. From 1946 until 1975, Auker worked for Bay State Abrasives in Massachusetts, a company that made armaments and abrasive materials, retiring as the company president.
He was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.
Auker appeared at the last game played at Tiger Stadium on September 27, 1999. Auker spoke at the ceremony and told the crowd: “Never forget us, for we live on by those that carry on the Tiger tradition and who so proudly wear the olde English D.”
In 2001, Auker wrote his memoirs, entitled Sleeper Cars and Flannel Uniforms with Tom Keegan. He died at age 95 in Vero Beach, Florida.
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