GLANDORF - James "Jack" Rosengarten, 84, of Glandorf, died 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2013 surrounded by his family at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus. He was born May 8, 1929 in Leipsic, to the late Henry and Frances (Kreinbrink) Rosengarten. On June 10, 1953, he married Ruth Ann Brinkman, who survives in Glandorf.
Jack is survived by his 4 children: Pamela (Mike) Halker and Debra (Toby) Donaldson both of Columbus Grove; Tim (Corrine) Rosengarten of Aurora and Ted (Carol) Rosengarten of Columbus Grove; 10 grandchildren: Mickey Halker, Mandy Halker, Melissa Halker, Brooke (Mike) Young, Ryan Donaldson, Will Rosengarten, Claire Rosengarten, Katie Rosengarten, Samantha Rosengarten and James Rosengarten; 5 great-grandchildren: Kenzie Halker, Morgan Halker, Trevan Halker, Madden Halker and Lexie Jenkins; 3 brothers: Linus Rosengarten of Leipsic, Bernard (Doris) Rosengarten of Ottawa and Jerry (Lucretia) Rosengarten of Ottawa; 2 sisters-in-law: Thelma Kuhlman and Emma Rosengarten both of Leipsic; and 2 brothers-in-law: Omer Recker of Glandorf and Paul Bellman of Ottawa; in-laws: Annie Meyer of Glandorf, Teresa (John) Friedmoth of Idyllwild, CA, Rita Brinkman of Sidney, Julie (Jorge) Rivas of Santiago, Chile, Aggie (Mike) Swint, Bob (Judy) Brinkman, and Tom (Barb) Brinkman all of Ottoville. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters-in-law: Art Rosengarten, Virgil (Ann) Rosengarten, Norman (Martha) Rosengarten, Carl Rosengarten, Thomas (Rosalie) Rosengarten, Albert Rosengarten, and Henry Rosengarten; his sister: Sally Recker; a sister-in-law: Arlene Rosengarten; and a brother-in-law Kennie Meyer.
Jack was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf. He was employed at Ford Motor Company from its opening in 1957 to his retirement in 1987 and he owned and operated Jacks Aluminum Windows from 1957 to 1970. After his retirement, he was instrumental in the construction of the homes for his daughters and began his other true passion in earnest, fishing. He loved to go to his cottage at Lake Erie and be the Captain of his boat. He also loved to do woodworking where he built Grandfather clocks from scratch just for something to do and he also made many other woodworking items. He enjoyed wine making and loved to plant a big garden. There was nothing he could not fix, from a tangled gold chain to a non-working lawn mower. He was truly a "Jack" of all trades! He also enjoyed playing cards and watching the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed by all who knew him.
Jack was a US Army Veteran. He was a member of the Glandorf Rod and Gun, the Ottawa Knights of Columbus, the Ottawa Eagles, the Ottawa American Legion Post #63 and the Ottawa VFW Post #9142. He participated in many military funerals during his retirement years as a member of the Color Guard.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf, with Fr. Tony Fortman officiating. Burial will follow in church cemetery with military rites by the Ottawa American Legion and VFW. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa where there will be a scripture service at 1:45 p.m., VFW service at 7 p.m. and K of C Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Memorials may be given to St. John the Baptist Church
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