Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
Complete Obituary
John Gander
  John I. Gander, 89, a former Allen County resident, died at 9:43 a.m. Aug. 13, 2012, at The Gardens of Celina.
He was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Columbus Grove, to Jesse LeRoy and Viola Pauline Wilkerson Gander. On June 25, 1949, he married Eunice M. Koenig, who died Feb. 22, 2005.
Surviving are three children, Gene A. (Inell) Gander, Durant, Okla., Margaret L. (Tom) Wohlgamuth, Cridersville, and Bruce W. (Pamela) Gander, Celina; six grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Deceased are two sisters, Donna Herfurth and Greta Wilcox; an infant brother, Billy Gander; and a great-grandchild.
He worked as a machinist at Lima Locomotive Works and Superior Coach Corp. and as a mechanic at El-Par Chrysler/Plymouth in Lima.
A private pilot from 1972 to 1981, he owned Hobby 1700 Amateur Aerial Photography.
He served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II.
He was a member of Perry United Methodist Church, where he served on the building committee and as a youth leader, a member and color guard participant with the Spencerville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Spencerville American Legion Post, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 8 in Lima, the National Rifle Association and the Buckeye State Sheriff's Association. A charter member of Perry Township Firemen's Association, he served as the fire department's assistant chief and vice president in the 1960s.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville, the Rev. Kimberly Miller officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Spencerville Cemetery.
Calling is 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be made to the church.
Additional obituaries for this date
a_d
Friday
43°
Rain Showers
84%
Friday Night
29°
Snow Showers Likely
58%
Saturday
40°
Mostly Cloudy
12%
Saturday Night
26°
Partly Cloudy
1%
Sunday
45°
Mostly Sunny
Sunday Night
34°
Mostly Cloudy
Monday
55°
Mostly Cloudy
7%
Monday Night
43°
Mostly Cloudy
15%
Tuesday
56°
Slight Chance Rain Showers
22%
Tuesday Night
42°
Chance Rain Showers
58%
3 Day
Extended
a_da_d
camera_logo Photo Albums
Wednesday, October 29
index pict
Wednesday, October 29
index pict
video_logoOnline Video
Thursday, October 2
index pict
Accident at 127 and 119
Monday, September 29
index pict
Grand Lake Marathon