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Carl P. Rosengarten, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:55 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Wapa-koneta Manor.
He was born Nov. 26, 1928, in Sidney, the son of Francis (Lump) and Julius Rosengarten, who preceded him in death. On March 11, 1955, he married Mary E. Bellamy, who died Jan. 11, 2006.
Surviving are a son, Douglas (Susie) Rosengarten, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Darla (Randy) Schoffner, of Lima; a granddaughter, Bethany Carleen â€śBethyâ€ť Schoffner; a brother, Victor (Sandy) Rosengarten, of Wapakoneta; two sisters, Henrietta (Richard) Welch, of Lakeview, and Esther Eagy, of Rushsylvania; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Rosengarten, of Wapakoneta.
He was preceded in death by sisters, brothers-in-law, brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard (Edith) Rosengarten, Alice (Henry) Gies, Lucille (James A.) Bellamy, Raymond Rosengarten, Alfreda Case, and Donald Eagy.
He was retired and worked as a painter at Sheller Globe, of Lima, and Airstream, of Jackson Center.
He served with U.S. Army in the Korean War, and was a life member of the D.A.V., Auglaize County Chapter 73. He was a founding member of the Classic Country Music Hall.
When Carl was a blue-eyed young man, with a shock of black wavy hair, a 22-inch bicep and a guitar strap slung around his neck, he and his band sang on Chicago radio.He loved Eddie Arnold and dreamed the country dream but his dream was given to a blue-eyed country girl and their home was filled with music, friends and family. He was an uncomplicated man, a man of character, measured by how he lived his life. His work was hard and physical but at family gatherings he was found knee deep in kids. His heart was big and his love was true. Children gravitated to his goodness. His home was always open to the hungry, broken and lonely. Many were brushed by his kindness, he will be missed.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Ron Boyer officiating.
Burial of the cremated remains will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions may be directed to Godâ€™s Storehouse.
Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.