NEW BREMEN — Paul J. Niekamp, age 86, of New Bremen, died on Monday, March 03, 2014, at 6:20 p.m. at the Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen.
He was born on May 12, 1927 in St. Sebastian. He was the son of Bernard and Mathilda (Schmitmeyer) Niekamp. He was preceded in death by his beloved "Ruthie" Gerlach on Dec. 20, 2013, whom he had married on July 27, 1949 in Carthagena.
Survivors include his children, Diane and David Wagner, of Celina, Marilyn and Jerry Nerderman, Linda and Alan Kelley, Tim and Jeanne Niekamp and Randy and Jenny Niekamp, all of New Bremen; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Niekamp, of Huber Heights; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are his siblings Clete and Hilda Niekamp, of New Bremen, Dorothy Schmitt, of St. Henry, Edna and Roger Lochtefeld, of Fort Recovery; and sister-in-law, Luella (Melvin) Rindler, of Montezuma.
Preceding him in death was his son, Roger Niekamp, and siblings, Mark Niekamp, Tom Niekamp and Rose Kramer.
Mr. Niekamp was a member of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen where he had served as an usher for many years and also had served on the Parish Council. He served in the U. S. Army as a company cook and was stationed in Japan following World War II. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9019 of Chickasaw and the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen. Paul enjoyed sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. He was an avid fisherman and a horseshoe pitching "Champion." He was a regular in the daily Town Tavern euchre card games. He farmed his entire life and also retired from Gagel's Hardware of Maria Stein in 1990 where he was involved with the plumbing department. His family was special to him, always making time for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was always a great-uncle to all his "favorite" nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, March 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in New Bremen with the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling hours are on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the State of the Heart Hospice.
Condolences to the family may be left at gilberghartwigfh.com.
And in Paul's parting words; "and just remember, if you can't be good…… be careful."