OTTAWA — Ralph E. Wischmeyer, 84, of Ottawa died at 8:20 a.m.Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at his residence. He was born May 1, 1930 in Ottawa, Putnam County, to the late Anna Wischmeyer. On August 18, 1954 he married Kathleen O'Neill who survives in Ottawa.
Also surviving are six children: Dennis Wischmeyer of Mt. Sterling, Tom (Judy) Wischmeyer of Ottawa, Lois (Tim) Kahle of Pandora, Joe (Carol) Wischmeyer, Jan (Jeff) Fuetter, and Nancy (John) Schaub all of Ottawa; 23 grandchildren: Crystal Avery, Russell Wischmeyer, John Wischmeyer, Brian (Kim) Wischmeyer, Mark (Chelsea) Wischmeyer, Scott (Jessica) Wischmeyer, Michelle (Justin) Duling, Kayla Wischmeyer, Travis Kahle, Matt Kahle, Rachel Kahle, Sarah (Jake) Niese, Lisa (Doug) Karhoff, Lynn (Andy) Moore, Mary Wischmeyer, Kevin Wischmeyer, Winston Fuetter, Alex Fuetter, Isaac Fuetter, Katie Fuetter, John Schaub III, Luke Schaub, and Ben Schaub; and 8 great-grandchildren: Cory Avery, Ryan Avery, Sadie Wischmeyer, Graham Wischmeyer, Autumn Wischmeyer, Ella Wischmeyer, Emmett Karhoff, and Daniel Karhoff. He was also preceded in death by 3 infant sons and an infant daughter.
Ralph retired in 1986 as an accountant for Marathon Oil Company, Findlay. He was a lifelong farmer and beekeeper and worked as an adjuster for several Crop Insurance Companies. He was a 1948 graduate of SS. Peter and Paul High School, Ottawa. He attended Tiffin University and graduated from Northwestern Business College. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict for 4 years where he was Senior Drill Instructor at Paris Island, SC for 2 years. Ralph was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, the Ottawa Knights of Columbus, Ottawa American Legion Post #63, and the Ottawa VFW Post #9142.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014 at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by the Ottawa American Legion, VFW, and AMVETS. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa where there will be a K of C Rosary at 7:30 p.m. and a scripture service at 7:50 p.m. Memorials can be made to SS. Peter and Paul School Education Foundation.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.