Russell E. Gericke, age 71 years, of Archbold, passed away early Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009, in his home.
He was born March 1, 1938, in Napoleon, the son of Leo and Frances (Behnfeldt) Gericke, and married Marilyn Miller on Dec. 25, 1961.
A lifelong resident of the Archbold area, he was part owner of the former Miller Gas Co. near Archbold before retiring in 1989.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Scott (Beth) Gericke of Archbold, and Dean (Lisa) Gericke of Brighton, Mich.; three grandchildren, Amber Mae Gericke, Mara Gericke, and Kyle Gericke; two brothers, James (Joyce) Gericke of Columbus, and Les (Sharon) Gericke of Archbold.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Eugene Gericke.
Services will be held today, Wednesday, at 10 a.m., at St. John Lutheran Church, located at the corner of Routes 6 and 66, with Rev. Dale Kern officiating. Interment will follow in the Archbold Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorials be given to Gideons International or to Hospice.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements.