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John Francis Keeterle

September 21, 1928 — February 23, 2015

John Francis Keeterle age 86, of New Bavaria died Monday morning, February 23, 2015 at the Promedica Defiance Regional Hospital.

His legacy… He was born September 21, 1928 to Clarence and Agnes (Romes) Keeterle in Holgate.  John graduated from Holgate High School in 1946.  He married Edna Gerdeman.  She died December 4, 1979.  He married Marilyn Baker on September 5, 1981 and she survives.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria.  John was a lifelong farmer.  He was a charter member of the New Bavaria volunteer fire department and member of the New Bavaria VFW and Sons of AMVETS.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting for deer, camping and playing cards.  John was an original member of the Pleasant Township Zoning Board and on the Board of German Mutual.

His family… Surviving are children: Diane (Dan) Hoellrich, Holgate, Karen Burgel, Findlay, Dan (Sandy) Keeterle, New Bavaria, Annette (Jeff) Rothman, Holgate and Dave (Melissa) Keeterle, New Bavaria; 15 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and step children: James Baker, Las Vegas, Linda Henschen, Warsaw, IN, Daniel Baker, Las Vegas, Randall Baker, Holgate and Thomas Baker, Holgate; 9 step grandchildren; and 4 step great grandchildren.  John was preceded in death by a grandson, stepchild Ronald Baker, step grandchild and son-in-law, Ron Burgel.

His Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate on Wednesday from 2-8 pm.  The Firemen’s Last Call service will be at 7:00 pm.  The Rosary will be said that evening at 7:30 pm.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria at 10:30 am with Father Nick Cunningham officiating.  Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.  Contributions made in John’s memory can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria Fire Department or to a charity of your choice.

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