SPENCERVILLE — John J. Truax, 89, of rural Spencerville, died 6:15 PM Thursday, November 14, 2013 in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home in Spencerville,following a brief illness.
He was born March 21, 1924 in Franklin, Ohio, a son Glen A. and Jennie S. Kelly Truax, who are deceased. On May 2, 1948 he married Anna Mae Zimmerman, who survives, along with 3 children; Daniel J. (Mavis) Truax of Camden, Mi.; Cindy A. (Michael) Carr of Pioneer, Ohio and Regina S. (Deane) Mann of Wapakoneta; 10 grandchildren; Christy (John) Potts, Montpelier,Oh; Annette (Mike)Potts of Camden,MI.; Laura (Shannon) Miller of Camden,MI.; Amy (Matt) Gibson of Grand Lake,CO.; Sherilyn (Ken) Wood of Stryker,OH; Kevin and Jeff Carr of Pioneer,OH.; Scott Mann of New Bremen; Susan Mann of Wapakoneta and Shawn Mann of St. Marys; 18 great grandchildren; Robert, Jennifer, Kyle, Elizabeth, Jake, Brianna, Ethan, Trinity, Anthony, Samantha, Jessica, Jordan, Alexis, Austin, Mariah, Hanna, Zoe and Sarah; 1 great great grandson Teegyn; and 4 siblings; Betty (Robert) Prine of Delphos; Emma (Robert) Beams of Marquette, MI.; Charles (Isabelle) Truax of Van Wert and Shirley Murphy of Findlay and a brother-in-law; Ken Kautz of Dayton.
He was preceded in death by 5 siblings; Geraldine (Eugene) Stopher; Pauline (Edward) Speakman;Clara Marie Truax; Rose Walters and Sue Kautz, his brother and sister-in-law, George and Fern Pratte and his 14 year old pup Velvet.
John was a 1943 graduate of Van Wert High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy in WW II on the aircraft carrier Randolph in the South Pacific. After the war he worked as a fireman on the New York Central railroad and in 1967 they moved back to Anna ‘s family farm where he retired.
He was a long time member of the Bethlehem Christian Union Church near Buckland. and a life member of VFW Post 5803 in Van Wert. He enjoyed attending auctions, especially the Hillsdale Sale Barn in Michigan and others. He was a "people person", enjoying many visits and handing out his Tootsy Roll candies. He and Anna enjoyed watching and feeding the birds on the farm.
Funeral services will be 11 AM Monday in the Bethlehem Church with Pastors Kent Place and Glen Prine officiating. Burial will follow in the Kossuth Cemetery with military rites by the Van Wert Veterans.
Friends may call from 2 until 8 PM Sunday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville and after 10 AM Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Church.
Condolences may be expressed at firstname.lastname@example.org