Paul A. Wilges, 78, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:50 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, at his residence following a sudden illness. He was born Dec. 31, 1934, in Wapakoneta, the son of Herman and Emma (Bishop) Wilges, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 10, 1958, he married Marilyn W. Binkley, and she survives.
Other survivors include, a son, Kevin Wilges, of Wapakoneta; a daughter, Karen (Bill) Jacobs, of Wapakoneta; three grandchildren, Bill Jacobs III, Brandon Schreiber, and Jessica Jacobs; a brother, Richard Wilges; a sister, Donna Richardson; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, Herman, Jr., Orval Dean, and Charles Wilges, and a sister, Lucille Bitler.
Paul began his career with the Wapakoneta Fire Department in 1969 and retired as a captain in 1991. He then became attendant of the Zink Farm Compost Facility in Wapakoneta, which he truly enjoined. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta. His other memberships included the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie #691, and the American Legion Post #330, both of Wapakoneta. His hobbies included woodworking, word puzzles, having coffee in the morning at Marathon, but most especially spending time with his family.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, Pastor Kimberly Pope-Seiberling officiating. Burial is to follow in the Buckland Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445.
The family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday and one hour prior to the service, Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wapakoneta Fire Department Auxiliary. Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.