OTTOVILLE -- Roman A. Eickholt Sr., 89, of Ottoville, died at 10:06 p.m. Friday, March 1, 2013, at his residence.
He was born June 5, 1923, in Ottoville to the late John C. and Matilda (Miller) Eickholt. On July 10, 1943, he
married Agnes J. Schwaiger, who preceded him in death on February 26, 2000. He then married Margaret Wehri Dickman, who preceded him in death on February 12, 2012.
He is survived by his children, Roman (Pat) Eickholt, Jr. of Continental, Bob (Donna) Eickholt, Terry (Stacy) Eickholt and Alan (Ann Rayle) Eickholt, all of Cloverdale, Mary (Ken) Doseck of Upper Sandusky, and Bonnie (Bill) Beining, Leah (Dan) Ditto, and Lisa (Albert) Bilimek, all of Cloverdale; step children, James (Karen) Clementz and George (Melinda) Clementz, both of Cridersville, Frank (Cathy) Clementz of Spencerville, Ronald (Elizabeth) Clementz of Lima, Robert Clementz of Rochester, MI, Vernon Clementz of Monroe, MI, Alan (Terri) Clementz of New Boston, MI, Margene (Ronald) Craft of St. Marys, Mary (Robert) McBeth of Cridersville, Julie Clementz of Wapakoneta and Carol (Clyde) Verhoff of Fort Loramie; step-daughter-in-law, Patricia Clementz; brother, Orval (Olivia) Eickholt of Cloverdale; sister, Calista Miller of Landeck; two sisters-in-law, Virgina Eickholt of Lima and Dolores Eickholt of Ottawa; 22 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Roman is preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Eickholt; son, John Eickholt; grandson, Adam Eickholt; great-granddaughter, Camryn Mansfield; step-son, Lawrence Clementz; step-daughter and step son-in-law, Sharon (Phil-lip) Fry; two brothers, Ralph Eickholt and Vince Eickholt; two sisters, Katherine Altenburger and Agnes Ulrich; a half-sister, Alvertice "Dolly" Friemoth; and three brothers-in-law, Arnie Miller, Bill Ulrich and Ralph Altenburger.
Roman was a lifelong farmer and retired in 1985 from Fruehauf Trailers, Delphos. He was a WWII Navy veteran. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and was a life member of both the Ottoville VFW and Defiance AMVETS. He retired from the Putnam County Fair Board in 2003 after serving for 41 years. He loved polka dancing and was a member of the Ohio Polka Boosters.
Roman was above all, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with them and would always put their needs before his own. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working all kinds of puzzles.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, with Fr. John Stites officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville, with military rites by the Ottoville VFW. Visitation will be Monday from 2-8 p.m. at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where a scripture service will be held 2 p.m. and an AMVETS and VFW service will be held 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church or the charity of the donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.