Denis Rethman

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MARIA STEIN — Denis R. Rethman, age 72, of Maria Stein, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at The James Cancer Center, Columbus.

He was born March 9, 1944, in North Star, Ohio, to the late Lawrence and Fredona (Bulcher) Rethman. On Aug. 6, 1966, in Osgood, he married Gladys L. (Knapke), who survives in Maria Stein.

He is also survived by four children, Mike and Maria Rethman, of Maria Stein, John and Heather Rethman, of Celina, Joe and Hope Rethman, of Maria Stein, and Kelly and Josh Cline, of Columbus; and 10 grandchildren, Brandi, Dustin, Natalie, Heidi, Diane, Mitch, Matt, Molly, Marcus, and Kurt.

He is also survived by five siblings, Jack and Alberta Rethman, of North Star, Wanda Homan, of North Star, Connie Meyer, of Sidney, Sharon Mayo, of Dayton, and Deb and Mike Tobe, of Tipp City, also in-laws Ivo and Henrietta Knapke, of Versailles, Janice and Charles Schwieterman, of Celina, and Tom and Mary Ann Poeppelman, of St. Henry.

He was preceded in death by in-laws, Clem Homan, Gene Mayo, Jerry Meyer and Dolores Poeppelman.

He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Maria Stein, and its Men's Sodality. Denis was the founder and former owner of Rethman Bros. Inc. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve, was a former member of the Mercer County Elks, and was an avid golfer.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at St. John the Baptist Church, Maria Stein, with the Rev. Gene Schnipke and the Rev. Ken Schroeder, co-officiating. Burial will follow at St. John Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday and from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, St. Henry.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from June 15 to June 17, 2016
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