Lewis Wilgus Sr.

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BLUFFTON — Lewis E. Wilgus Sr., 87, formerly of Spencerville, died at 10:50 a.m. May 23, 2014, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay, where he had resided for one day, following an extended illness.

He was born July 4, 1926, in Auglaize County to Elrey L. and Ferrel M. Worthington Wilgus, who preceded him in death. On Feb. 27, 1948, he married Margaret I. "Peggy" Cook, who survives in Bluffton.

Mr. Wilgus served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippine Islands. He had worked as an Allen County sheriff deputy for 12 years, then as a security guard at Westinghouse, and he later retired from United Telephone Company with 17 years of service. He was a member of Emmanuel United Church of Christ, Bluffton, and formerly a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Spencerville, where he was a former trustee and had served on several committees. He was a member of the American Legion posts in both Bluffton and Spencerville. He enjoyed artistic painting, camping and television.

Survivors also include two children, Amy J. (Tom) Doty, of Bluffton, and Gerald D. "Jerry" (Lisa) Wilgus, of Wapakoneta, two daughters-in-law, Penny Wilgus, of Lima, and Patricia "Trish" Wilgus, of Spencerville; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Lewis E. "Ed" Wilgus Jr. and William L. "Bill" Wilgus.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville. The Rev. Jan Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in Spencerville Cemetery, with military rites by Spencerville Veterans.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Church or Bridge Hospice.

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Bayliff Funeral Home - Spencerville
728 E. Fourth Street (State Route 117 East)
Spencerville, OH 45887
(419) 647-4205
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Published in The Lima News from May 24 to May 25, 2014
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