George L. Neargarder, 89, of 117 Marbellow Court, St. Marys, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at the Wapakoneta Manor Nursing Home.|
He was born on July 9, 1927, in Dayton, the son of Clarence and Bertha (George) Neargarder.
He married Patricia Elliott on May 17, 1948, and she preceded him in death on May 10, 2013.
He is survived by his children: Janet (Bob) Bassitt of Wapakoneta; James (Sylvia) Neargarder of Garland, Texas; Paula (Doug) Saintignon of Beavercreek; George Neargarder of Arlington, Texas; Stephen (Tricia) Neargarder of Wapakoneta; Dr. Sandra Neargarder of Lakeville, Mass.
He is also survived by his 19 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his siblings: Patti (Bill) Goubeau of St. Marys; Jean (Byron) Dotson of Mill Creek, Wash.; Robert (Penny) Neargarder of San Jose, Calif.; Richard (Val) Neargarder of Saratoga, Calif. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Alice Neargarder of Howard Beach, N.Y.
George was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife; by his siblings: Joseph Neargarder; Sister Jacinta Neargarder; Clarence Neargarder.
George was a 1945 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. He retired from the St. Marys Hardware Store and later worked at Ace Hardware and also sold real estate. He will be remembered for his dedication to St. Marys in many ways: as a local historian, Boy Scout leader, member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, St. Marys Kiwanis Club, and countless other community clubs and projects.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in St. Marys, the Rev. Barry Stechschulte, celebrant. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, where memorial gifts may be given to either the Friends of Holy Rosary Church or the St. Marys Community Foundation.
Published in The Evening Leader on Dec. 23, 2016