ANNA — Ralph J. Thaman, 92, of 9192 State Route 119, Anna, died at 1:22 a.m., Monday, June 9, 2014, at his residence.
He had been ailing for six months. He was born Dec. 29, 1921, in McCartyville, to Frank and Mary (Berning) Thaman and married on May 20, 1947, in St. Patrick, to Mary Ann Hoying, who survives along with their children, Carol Ann Carity, of McCartyville, Jim and Carol (Bell) Thaman, of Phenix City, Alabama, Sharon and James Maurer, of Kettlersville, and Ruth Ann and Michael Kohler, of Botkins; 12 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings, Frank and Jeanette (Steinke-Eustache) Thaman, of Sidney, Lawrence and Vera (Seger) Thaman, of Botkins, Leo and Barbara Thaman, of Arizona, and Marilyn (Curtis) Thaman, of Fort Loramie. He was preceeded in death by a son, Richard A. "Dick" Thaman; a son-in-law, Larry J. Carity; brothers, Paul, Arthur and Urban Thaman; a sister-in-law, Virginia (Eustache) Thaman; and one great-grandchild.
Ralph was the owner of Thaman's Plumbing & Heating in McCartyville and also the owner of Thaman's Plumbery in Sidney. He was a lifetime member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, McCartyville. Ralph served in the Army Air Force from 1942-1945 as a staff sergeant in the 18th Repair Squadron stationed in Iran. He was a member of Fraternal Order of Elks 1391 Minster, the Elks, American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars in Sidney and the Knights of Columbus, McCartyville. In 1979 he was named the Business Man of the Year by the American Business Women's Association in Minster; he was past president and member of the Anna Rescue Squad, head of the building committee for the rescue squad, volunteered for Wilson Hospital and the K of C Friday night bingo in Minster and grand marshal of the 2009 St. Patrick Day Parade in McCartyville. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, fishing, bowling and making macrame chairs.
Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 13, 2014, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, the Rev. John Tonkin, presider. Burial will follow with full military honors at the church cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m., Thursday, and 9 until 10 a.m., Friday, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sacred Heart Church Building Fund, the Center for Neurological Development, Wilson Hospice and Anna Rescue Squad. Condolences may be made at www.hogenkampfh.com.