John J. Truax, 89, of rural Spencerville, died at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, in Spen-cerville, following a brief illness.
He was born March 21, 1924, in Franklin, a son of Jennie S. Kelly and Glen A. Truax, who are deceased. On May 2, 1948, he married Anna Mae Zimmerman, who survives, along with three children, Daniel J. (Mavis) Truax, of Camden, Mich.; Cindy A. (Michael) Carr, of Pioneer, and Regina S. (Deane) Mann, of Wapakoneta; 10 grandchildren, Christy (John) Potts, of Montpelier, Annette (Mike)Potts, of Camden, Mich., Laura (Shannon) Miller, of Camden, Mich., Amy (Matt) Gibson, of Grand Lake, Colo., Sherilyn (Ken) Wood, of Stryker, Kevin and Jeff Carr, of Pioneer, Scott Mann, of New Bremen, Susan Mann, of Wapakoneta, and Shawn Mann, of St. Marys; 18 great-grandchildren, Robert, Jennifer, Kyle, Elizabeth, Jake, Brianna, Ethan, Trinity, Anthony, Samantha, Jessica, Jordan, Alexis, Austin, Mariah, Hanna, Zoe and Sarah; one great-great grandson, Teegyn; and four siblings, Betty (Robert) Prine, of Delphos, Emma (Robert) Beams, of Marquette, Mich., Charles (Isabelle) Truax, of Van Wert, and Shirley Murphy, of Findlay, and a brother-in-law, Ken Kautz, of Dayton.
He was preceded in death by five siblings, Geraldine (Eugene) Stopher, Pauline (Edward) Speakman, Clara Marie Truax, Rose Walters and Sue Kautz; his brother and sister-in-law, George and Fern Pratte; and his 14-year-old pup, Velvet.
John was a 1943 graduate of Van Wert High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Navy in World War II on the aircraft carrier Randolph in the South Pacific. After the war, he worked as a fireman on the New York Central railroad and in 1967 they moved back to Annaâ€™s family farm where he retired.
He was a long time member of the Bethlehem Christian Union Church, near Buckland and a life member of VFW Post 5803, in Van Wert. He enjoyed attending auctions, especially the Hillsdale Sale Barn, in Michigan, and others. He was a â€śpeople personâ€ť, enjoying many visits and handing out his Tootsie Roll candies. He and Anna enjoyed watching and feeding the birds on the farm.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday in the Bethlehem Church with the Revs. Kent Place and Glen Prine officiating. Burial is to follow in the Kossuth Cemetery with military rites by the Van Wert Veterans.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, in Spencerville, and after 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Church. Condolences may be expressed at firstname.lastname@example.org