VERSAILLES - James Leroy "Jimmy" Baltes, 86, of Versailles passed away at 11:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, at Hospice of Cincinnati.
Jimmy was born June 18, 1926 in Versailles, a son of the late Leroy amd Ella (Frantz) Baltes.
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Jayne Baltes of Greenville, and Holly and Nick Keiser, of Versailles; son-in-law, Dennis Hemmelgarn, of Burkettsville; grandchildren, Michael and Lisha Hemmelgarn, Bryan and Nikki Hemmelgarn, Odessa and Keith Boeckman, and Megan, Madison, Mallory and Alex Keiser; great-grandchildren, Allyson and Ayden Hemmelgarn, Ben and Kate Hemmelgarn and Ava, Samuel and Michael Boeckman; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Berneice Baltes, of Rossburg; sisters, Bertha Siegrist, of Celina and Susie Barga, of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was also preceded in death by his wife Dolores C. "Dorie" (Siefring) Baltes on Jan. 18, 2010, whom he married June 12, 1951; a daughter, Kathy Hemmelgarn; a brother, Ralph Baltes; and sisters, Zelma Fenner and Rita Condon.
Jimmy and his late wife were the former owners of Baltes Restaurant in Frenchtown for 37 years. Jimmy was also the drummer in the Jimmy Baltes Band for 65 years.
He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles, Knights of Columbus of St. Denis Catholic Church; Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2347; Greenville Elks Lodge; Musicians Union and a social member of the Versailles Vet's Club.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles by the Rev. David Vincent. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Monday morning from 9 to 10 a.m. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles.
Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services or the Versailles Alumni Association.
Condolences for the family may be expressed through the funeral home's website, www.zecharbailey.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on Sept. 21, 2012