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Russell H. "Russ" Briem, 86, of Wapakoneta, died at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at Wapakoneta Manor.
He was born June 20, 1926, in Springfield, the son of Effie (Smith) and George Briem, who preceded him in death. On Jan. 13, 1952, he married Janis E. Merkle, and she survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kelli (Rod) Roettger, of Wapakoneta; a son, David (Jill) Briem, of Wapakoneta; four grandchildren, Ryan Roettger, Marcie (Jay) Brown, Emily (Kurt) Brandehoff and Daniel Briem; two great-grandchildren, Ellie Roettger Bolden Brandehoff; a sister, Willie (Jack) Willoughby, of Lima; a sister-in-law, Edna Briem, of Lima; a brother-in-law, Chester (Sharlene) Merkle, of Wapakoneta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jeny Roettger; and nine siblings, George, infant Thomas, Joe, Denny, Chuck, Louie, Roger â€śPeeWeeâ€ť Max, and Mary Mutterspa.
Russ retired in 1985 from Standard Oil Company in Lima, where he had worked as a transport driver and station manager. A 1945 graduate of Lima Central High School, he served in Japan as a paratrooper with the U.S. Army, 11th Airborne Division. He was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta. His other memberships include the V.F.W. Post 8445, the American Legion Post 330, and the Eagles Aerie 691, all of Wapakoneta. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cincinnati Reds. His hobbies included woodworking and gardening, and in his younger years hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family, and took great pride in his grandchildren.
Services are at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Salem United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta, with the Revs. Rebecca Gray and Greg Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.,Wednesday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions may be directed to Salem United Methodist Church. Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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