John Gauer Jr.


FT. WAYNE, Ind. -- John H. Gauer Jr., 91, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Heritage Park Nursing Home, Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

He was born on May 23, 1921, in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, the son of John and Eva (Howe) Gauer. He graduated from Miami University with a bachelor's degree in business. On April 16, 1976, he was united in marriage to Mary (Roberts) Thiel and she survives. John served his country as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Navy during WWII and the Korean Conflict on the Kankakee ship. John worked as a controller at Crook-Miller Handle Factory in Hicksville, Ohio and he retired from Evans Products in Coldwater, Michigan. He was a member of the American Legion Post 223 in Hicksville and was a former member of the Hicksville Rotary Club.

Surviving John are his wife, Mary; two daughters, Johanna (Bill) Edge of Coldwell, NJ, and Melanie Will of Hudson, OH; a step daughter, Deborah (Tom) Metz of Hamilton, IN; three stepsons, James (Deb) Thiel, Steve Thiel, both of Hicksville, OH, and Richard (Jean) Thiel of Springfield, TN; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jeffery; and a sister, Sara Garling.

Visitation for John will be Sunday from 1-3 p.m. with a funeral service following at 3 p.m. at Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville, Ohio.

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