LEIPSIC - Richard Joseph Pfahler, 94, of Leipsic died 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 at Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay.
He was born April 14, 1918 in Toledo to the late William and Emma (Niese) Pfahler. On July 11, 1940, he married Joan R. Ottenweller who survives in Ottawa.
Also surviving are his children, Sister Diane Marie Pfahler, SND of Rossford, Sister Mary Dean Pfahler, SND of Whitehouse, William (Lorene) Pfahler of Canfield, Thomas (Mary) Pfahler of Dayton, Elaine Christy of Ottawa, Mary (Jack) George of St. Joseph, Mo., and Chris (Amy) Pfahler of Ottawa; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Alouise Heck of Lima.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Dean Pfahler; a son-in-law, Ken Christy; two brothers, George and Herman Pfahler; and three sisters, Mary Pfahler, Margaret Aerni, and Frances Buckland.
Richard was a retired driver for Shell Oil Company, Lima and also a self-employed mechanic where he cared for the automobile needs of many friends and family. He was a World War II Army veteran and 1937 graduate of Leipsic High School. He was a lifetime member of the Leipsic V.F.W. Post 9547, and member of the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Post 1757 and Leipsic American Legion Post 287. He volunteered at the American Red Cross and for AARP Income Tax.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Leipsic with Fr. George Wenzinger officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with military rites by Leipsic V.F.W. and American Legion.
Arrangements were handled by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Notre Dame or Bridge Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.