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Calvin Katterhenry, 96

February 18, 2013

Calvin H. Katterhenry, 96, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:25 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born Jan. 21, 1917, in New Knoxville, near Carter Creek, the son of Elizabeth (Hinze) and Jacob W. Katterheinrich, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are a niece, Barbara (Denver) Zimmerly, of Findlay; a nephew, Mahlon Harrod; three great-nephews, Mark A. Katterheinrich, of Wapakoneta, Tim (Denise) Gillespie, of Toledo, and Eric (Cindy) Jordan, of Perrysburg; five great-nieces, Hope (Mick) McCune, of Cridersville, Amber (Tom) Leiner, of McComb, Lisa (Tim) Ervin, of Findlay, Janet Pratt, of Toledo, and Susan Jordan, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five great-great-nephews; and seven great-great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold H. Katterheinrich, and Kermit W. (Helen) Katterheinrich; three sisters, Persies (Richard) Jacobs, Mildred (Wilbur) Jordan, and Adelia (Swartz) Sharpe; four nephews, Carl Swartz, James K. Katterheinrich, Thomas F. (Carol) Katterheinrich, and Kenneth (Dorothy) Jordan; and three nieces, Betty Lou Swartz, Nancy J. Harrod, and Kathleen (Paul) Gillespie.
Cal was an upholsterer, and owned and operated Cal’s Upholstery Shop in Wapakoneta. A graduate of New Knoxville High School, he was a member of St. Paul United Church in Wapakoneta. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served during World War II. He entered the service in May, 1941, and after basic training, served with Co. F, 157th Infantry, Regiment 45 Thunderbirds Division. He sailed overseas in June 1943, and was in the invasion of Sicily and Italy. He served as platoon sergeant, was wounded in Feb. 1944, at Anzio, Italy, and was discharged Nov. 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, European African Middle East Medal with two Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the World War II, Efficiency Honor Fideles, Expert Rifleman and Sharpshooter. Calvin was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 8445, Wapakoneta, and a member of the American Legion Post 444, New Knoxville. His other memberships included the DAV, Auglaize County Chapter 73; the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691; Brands Lake Fishing Club; Moulton Gun Club, the 157th Infantry and 45th Division Associations and the Wapakoneta YMCA.
Calvin loved his all of his family very much, and loved to hunt and fish especially on trips to Colorado, Canada, and the local lakes and woods. He enjoyed the flowers around his house and did some gardening when possible. He also enjoyed his Army reunions held once each year with his friends and buddies who made it through the war. These reunions were held in a different city each year.
Funeral services are at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Becky Sunday officiating. Burial is to follow in the Pilger Rhue Cemetery, in New Knoxville, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions may be directed to Putnam Co. Hospice, 139 Court St., Ottawa.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.

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