Paul 'PJ' Imber Sr.


Paul "PJ" Imber Sr., 89, Defiance, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2013, at his home.

He was born March 1, 1923, in Defiance, the son of Ambrose L. and Ambrosia M. (Walz) Imber.

Paul is survived by his wife of nearly 66 years, Frances (Huber) Imber, whom he married on February 15, 1947. He is also survived by his four children, Paul J. (Jane) Imber Jr., Patrick A. (Mary Kay) Imber, Ann E. (David) Westrick and Michael G. Imber (Shaun Whiteford), all of Defiance; nine grandchildren, Amy (Steve) Minck, Robert (Kate) Imber, Shawn (Jessica) Imber, Jennifer Imber (Tate Griffith), Anthony (Jennifer) Imber, Andrew (Amanda) Westrick, Audra Westrick, Ashley and Joshua Imber; nine great-grandchildren, with one more expected; and a sister, Mary (Robert) Schlembach of Toledo.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Donald, Thomas and A.L. "Bud" Imber.

"PJ," as many people knew him by, proudly served his county in the U.S. Army during World War II, was a POW and received the Silver Star as well as other citations. He liked to tell many war stories. After his service, Paul came back home and worked at the former Defiance screw machine, Zeller Corporation and All-Star Products and retired as head of maintenance for the city of Defiance waste water treatment plant. He was an auxiliary firefighter for the city of Defiance for 44 years and a member of the Defiance Volunteer Fire Department. Paul was a life member of the VFW Post 3360 of Defiance and enjoyed the outdoors hunting, fishing and looking for Indian relics.

Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 2-8 p.m. at the Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. During the visitation, members of the Defiance Fire Department will pay tribute. Mass of Christian Burial for Paul will be celebrated Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the St. John's Catholic Church with Father Dave Tscherne as celebrant. Burial with military honors accorded by the VFW Post 3360, will be in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Wounded Warriors. Online condolences may be made at

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