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Gordon C. Suman

April 22, 2013

    Gordon C. Suman, 87, of Decatur, passed away Friday, April 19, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    He was born in Decatur on April 23, 1925, to the late Harry and Bessie (Drummond) Suman.
    Gordon married Lois Eileen Miller on March 28, 1947, in Van Wert, Ohio; she preceded him in death on June 16, 2007.
    He was a member of Praise Point United Brethren Church in Willshire, Ohio, as well as a member of the American Legion Homer Pierson Post 207 in Willshire. Gordon was a lifelong farmer south of Pleasant Mills and in Jay County. In addition to his love of farming, he was employed by CTS in Berne for 15 years and had been a custodian at Pleasant Mills School.
    Gordon served his country in the United States Marine Corps, serving in the Second Marine Division during WWII, and was involved in the invasion of Saipan and was also stationed at Nagasaki at the end of the war.
    Among survivors are two sons, David (Beth) Suman of Decatur and Bill Suman of Pennville; three daughters, Vicki (Fred) Bollenbacher of Rockford Ohio; Jayne (Richard) Ridenour, and Sue (Mark) Bellante, both of Pennville, Ind.; three brothers, Rev. Harold (Lorena) Suman of Defiance, Ohio; Rev. Floyd (Ellen) Suman of Ashland, Kent.; and Donald (Jane) Suman of Decatur; sister, Ruth (Richard) Hurst of Decatur; 16 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
    Gordon was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Mae Rayl; seven brothers, Walter, Lester, Earl, Otho, John, Harry, and Kenneth Suman; and a grandson, Mikel Suman.
    Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Praise Point Church in Willshire, Ohio.
    Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, also at the church, with Rev. Ernie Suman, Rev. Sam Suman, and Rev. Mark Rutledge officiating.
    Burial will follow in Willshire Cemetery.
    Preferred memorials are to Praise Point Church.
    Online condolences may be made at www.zwickjahn.com.

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