Alvin A. "Al" Wenninger, 90, of Galion, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion after a short illness.
Born Oct. 29, 1922 in Bucyrus, he was the son of the late Ernest G. and Laura (Hammer) Wenninger.
He was preceded in death on Oct. 7, 2010 by his beloved wife of 62 years, Betty D. (Gongwer) Wenninger, whom he married on June 26, 1948.
He was a graduate of Galion High School with the Class of 1940. He served as a Staff Sargent with the U. S. Army during World War II fighting in the European Theatre including the Battle of the Bulge with the Second Army, receiving the Bronze Star. A long-time member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion, Al was a Communion Distributer for the sick and shut-ins.
He also belonged to the Galion Moose Lodge 303; American Legion Scarbrough Post 243; Galion Community Center-Y; Galion Golden Age Club; Mansfield Pandora Dance Club and Valley View Golf Club. Al was active in many sports and played on the Galion Bulldog semi-pro football team and was the Galion City Tennis Champion in 1940.
He retired in 1986 from the former Peabody-Galion after 41 years working his last 22 years of his career as the machine shop foreman.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and John Sandberg of Cincinnati, Suzanne and Ken Gregg of Bath, Maine and Patricia and Scott Brown of Canton, Ga. and one granddaughter, Ashley Gregg of Biddiford, Maine.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 at Richardson-Davis Funeral Home in Galion. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Galion with Father John Miller, celebrant. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Military graveside funeral honors will be conducted by the United States Army and the Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Joseph Parish School, 138 N. Liberty St., Galion, Ohio 44833.
An online obituary and guest registry are available at www.richardsondavis.com.
Published in The Galion Inquirer on May 1, 2013