John Edward Link, 84, of Lima, died 1:25 a.m., Friday, July 22, 2011, at Springview Manor Nursing Home.
He was born Dec. 7, 1926, in Wapakoneta, the son of Dorothy Marie (Kuhn) and Edward George Link, who preceded him in death. On April 28, 1948 he married Audrey M. Fisher and she died on Nov. 18, 2004.
He is survived by his children: Jeannie (Phil) Buggle, of Tempe, Ariz., Ed (Mary) Link, of Dayton, Terri (Pat) Oâ€™Brien, of Columbus, Susan Tambon, of Lima, Jerry (Julie) Link of Sheboygan, Wis., Jim (Amy) Link, Jack (Beth Edwards) Link and Mark (Susan) Link, all of Lima; 18 grandchildren: Cindy (Buggle) Soto, of Tempe, Ariz., Doug (Tracy) Buggle, of Los Angeles, Kelly Johnson and Kristina Link, of Dayton, Rene (Jeff) Smith, of Columbus, Shawn Oâ€™Brien, of Orlando, Fla., Nicholas Tambon, of Lima, Kevin, Jason and Jared Link, all of Columbus, Tiffany (Will) Bolton of Indianapolis, Michelle ,Joshua and Angela Link, of Lima, Drew Link, of Lima, Aaron, Joe, Matt and Michael Link, of Lima; eight great-grandchildren; four step- grandchildren; and a sister-in-law: Peggy Fisher, of Seal Beach, Calif.
He was preceded in death by five sisters; Eileen Lichtle, Lucille Bishop, Dorothy Stemen, Mabel Fisher, Rita Roth; and four brothers-in-laws and their spouses.
He was a 1944 graduate of Wapakoneta St. Joseph High School. After his graduation he joined the U.S.Army where he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II serving as an aide to General Douglas McArthur. His job was to draw the battle lines daily and he was proud that under his care, they never lost a man to the enemy. Upon his return from the war he attended Purdue University for one year before going into the Army Reserves serving in the Korean Conflict as a Master Sargeant. Upon his return, he attended Northwestern Business College where he received his Business Degree.
He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church where he served as an usher. He was also a past president of the Home and School Association and was a Den Pack Leader of B.S.A. Pack 49. John was a founding member of the LCC Athletic Board the Lima C.Y.O. Board.
He was the co-recipient of the 2004 Volunteer-in-service Award at St. Rose Catholic Church. He was a committee chair for the LCC Thunderbird Carnival, and was a 1996 LCC Hall of Fame recipient of the Service to LCC Award. He and his wife were heavily involved in many activities and fund raising for St. Rose and LCC.
He was employed as a salesman for Lima Packing, Val Decker Packing in Piqua for 26 years, and Superior Meats of Massillon and retired from Fruit Distributors of Lima.
He was an outgoing, talkative man who never knew a stranger and he would help anyone in need. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Rose Catholic Church, the Revs. David Ross, J. Norbert Howe and Msgr. Christopher Vasko officiating. Entombment will follow in Gethsemani Mausoleum.
Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home where a Parish Wake service will be conducted by Msgr. Christopher Vasko at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Rose School Athletics, the Lima/Allen County Right to Life Society or to Heartbeat of Lima.
Condolences can be made at www.siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.