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Joseph F. Gremaux

March 21, 2013

    Joseph F. Gremaux, 85, of Decatur, died on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    Joe was born on January 25, 1928, in Allen County to the late Julian and Eleanor (Voirol) Gremaux.
    On November 27, 1952, he married Rosemary B. Ottenweller; she survives in Decatur.
    Joe was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Msgr. J.J. Semeitz Council 864, where he served as Past Grand Knight. He also served as Past Faithful Navigator of the 4th Degree Assembly. He also served as State Warden and District Deputy with the K of C and Council 864 financial secretary for 26 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge 1311, American Legion Post 43.
    He retired from International Harvester in Fort Wayne and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Central Catholic H.S. in Ft. Wayne and was a lifelong farmer.
    Among survivors are six sons, Ron (Teresa) Gremaux of New Haven; John (Patty) Gremaux of Cassopolis, Mich.; Dan (Jane) Gremaux, Jim (Connie) Gremaux, Stan Gremaux and Mike (Monica) Gremaux, all of Decatur; two daughters, Judy (Steven) Knowles of Woodburn and Diane (Randy) Goettemoeller of Maria Stein, Ohio; three brothers, Walter Gremaux of Monroeville, Arnold (Charlene) Gremaux of Kendallville, and Lloyd (Nancy) Gremaux of New Haven; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
    Joe was preceded in death by five sisters.
    Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Haggard-Sefton & Hirschy Funeral Home, with reciting of the Holy Rosary at 1:30 p.m. The K of C 4th Degree Honor Guard will post from 6–8 p.m. Visitation will also be on Saturday, March 23, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall.
    A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. Father David Voors will be officiating.
    Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 43 Color Guard.
    Preferred memorials are to St. Joseph Catholic School or Gibault Home for Boys.
    Online condolences may be made at

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