Eugene George Schlemmer, 81, Decatur, passed away at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, 2013, in the Woodcrest Nursing Center.
Gene was born Saturday, April 23, 1932, in Van Wert County, Ohio, the son of the late George and Lillian (Lehrman) Schlemmer. He married Rose Marie Scaer Oct. 5, 1952, at St. John's / Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy, Ohio; she survives.
Gene was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Decatur where he served in many different offices within the church.
He was a successful, lifetime farmer; starting Schlemmer Farms in 1971, which is now owned and operated by his family.
Surviving are his sons, Kenneth (Rebecca) Schlemmer and Herbert (Laura) Schlemmer, both of Convoy and Douglas (Patricia) Schlemmer of Monroeville; six grandchildren, Kenny and Chad Schlemmer, Mandy Fuleki, Brian Schlemmer, Tessa Long and Kara Beth Schlemmer; and seven great-grandchildren, Logan, Paxton, Levi and Deagan Schlemmer; Maya and Cassidy Schlemmer; Ava Roemer, Bentley and Braydon Schlemmer; and two additional great-grandchildren are expected in April.
Preceding Gene in death were three sons, Kirby in infancy, Gary in 1976 and Joseph in 1986; and one sister, Francile Sutton.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 8538 N. 500 E. Decatur, with Pastor David Koeneman officiating. Interment will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends will be received from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, 520 N. Second St. and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Immanuel Lutheran Church or St. Peter-Immanuel Lutheran School.
Online condolences may be made at zwickjahn.com.