Elmer Rethman (1935 - 2015)

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FORT LORAMIE — Elmer J. Rethman, age 80, of Oakwood Drive, Fort Loramie, passed away of natural causes Wednesday morning, Aug. 26, 2015, at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Sidney, Ohio.

He was born Feb. 18, 1935, in Versailles, Ohio, to the late Joseph and Pauline (Homan) Rethman. On June 23, 1956, at the former St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Patrick, Elmer married Marlene M. (Pleiman) Rethman, who survives.

Also surviving are four children, Mike "Delmer" Rethman, of Fort Loramie, Tom and Linda Rethman, of Versailles, Steve and Jacqui Rethman, of Fort Loramie, and Kathy and Mark Barhorst, of Fort Loramie; 12 grandchildren, Wesley (Casey), Kacie, Kayla (fiance Ryan Smeltzer), Morgan, Ryan (Lindsay), Brandon, Chelsey, and Chad (Danielle) Rethman, Brittany (Chad) Siegrist, Brooke (Lance) Wilson, Jack (Trishanda) and Keith (Essence) Barhorst; 12 great-grandchildren; three siblings, Ralph and Mark Rethman, of Versailles, and Mary and Paul Albers, of Osgood; sisters and brothers-in-law, Jeanette Barhorst, Betty Luedeke, Phyllis and Louis Hilgefort, all of Fort Loramie, Karen and Ralph Gaier, of St. Marys, and Julia Pleiman, of Fort Loramie.

He was preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Nancy Rethman; one brother, Walter Rethman; sisters and brothers-in-law: Esther and Marleise Rethman, Alphonso Barhorst, Clifford Luedeke and Carl Pleiman.

Mr. Rethman was retired from Minster Automotive where he was store manager and had been employed 37 years. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Fort Loramie Racing Club, and the Fort Loramie Fire Department. Elmer enjoyed watching NASCAR racing.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Friends may call Friday 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home, 64 Elm St., Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to the Fort Loramie Fire Department or Fort Loramie Rescue Squad.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015