- Local Guide
John I. Gander, 89, formerly of Perry Township, Allen County, died at 9:43 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Gardens of Celina, where he had resided for a year and a half.
He was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Columbus Grove, a son of Viola Pauline (Wilkerson) and Jesse Gander, who preceded him in death.
On June 25, 1949, he married Eunice M. Koenig, who died Feb. 22, 2005.
He is survived by three children, Gene A. Gander, of Durant, Okla., Margaret L. Wohlgamuth, of Cridersville, and Bruce W. Gander, of Celina.
Mr. Gander served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific during World War II as a member of Utility Squadron #2 and later in the Naval Reserve.
Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, in Spencerville, with the Rev. Kimberly Miller officiating.
Burial is to follow in the Spencerville Cemetery with military rites by the Spencerville Veterans.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.