Roger “Bud” W. Christler, 86, of Wapakoneta, passed away at 8:58 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Lima Memorial Health System. He was born in Shelby County on Feb. 21, 1927, to the late Henry C. and Margaret “Maggie” (Rickert) Christler. On Dec. 26, 1954, he married the former Rosemary Hawkins, and she survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Steve (Peggy) Christler, of Miamisburg and Brent (Janet) Christler, of Wapakoneta; six grandchildren, Thomas (Charidy) Murphy, of Springfield, Eileen (Cody) Downing, of West Carrollton, Colin Christler, of Dayton, Joshua (Jamie) Christler, of St. Marys, Mandy Christler, of Findlay and Brandon Christler, of Columbus; four great-grandchildren, Brant Smith, Payge Vey, Hayleigh Renee Downing and Madilyn Rose Downing; a sister, Doris Lunz, of New Bremen; a brother-in-law, James Knoch, of Wapakoneta; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sisters, Ruth Gross, Evelyn Waterman, Shirley Schnell and Carol Knoch.
A U.S. Army Korean War Veteran, Roger was Past Commander of the American Legion Scherer Post #493 in Jackson Center. He was a dairy farmer for several years before he began working as a machinist at the former Excello in Lima, where he remained employed for 25 years. Roger enjoyed gardening and working outdoors.
Pastor Sylvia Hull will conduct a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Jackson Center United Methodist Church, 202 East Pike Street, Jackson Center.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Saturday at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 214 W. Pike Street, Jackson Center. Burial will be in Pearl Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Honor Flight Network at honorflight.org.
Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center.
Condolences may be expressed at edsfh.com