Bruce Dermer is the December Resident of the Month at Fairlawn Haven Nursing Home, Archbold.
He was born Feb. 15, 1914, in Hoytville, to Clarence and Orpha Dermer. He had two brothers and two sisters and has only one sister living.
He played varsity baseball and basketball for three years and graduated from Hoytville High School.
With a smile on his face, Bruce recalled meeting his future wife, Glenora, at a barn dance. He was 20 years old when they married. They made their first home in an upstairs apartment above the bank in Hoytville.
His first car was a late 1930 Ford Roadster with a selfstarter. His first job was working for the railroad, but he was laid off after 2-3 weeks.
The couple moved to Toledo. Bruce worked for five years at Tastee Bread weighing ingredients. Bruce really enjoyed his job, but he got laid off every Christmas.
The couple moved back to Hoytville, and Bruce began working as an accountant for a lumber yard in Mc- Comb. He worked there for 42 years, retiring in 1997.
Bruce built a new house in Hoytville, where they raised a daughter, Marilyn. They attended the Church of the Brethren.
Bruce enjoyed fishing and went on several fishing trips in Michigan.
On Aug. 28, 2000, Glenora died. Bruce’s eyesight began to fail and he came to live at Fairlawn Haven on April 20, 2006.
At age 95, Bruce still enjoys sports, never wanting to miss listening to baseball and basketball games on television. He enjoys talking about the plays and scores.
B ruce has four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His daughter and her husband, Lowell Walther, live in a Fairlawn duplex. Kay Dohm, a granddaughter, works in the therapy department at Fairlawn.
Three grandsons have been in the Kid That Cares program.