LIMA — Donald J. Moritz, age 94, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 at his daughter’s house, surrounded by his relatives.
He was born on November 4, 1926 in Lima, Ohio to the late Fay William and Mary Kathryn (Neu) Moritz. On July 14, 1946 Donald married the enjoy of his existence, Jean Zimmer. She preceded him in dying on October 9, 2009. His like for her never ever dimmed and was with him via the remainder of his everyday living.
Donald grew up in Lima and Sidney. He was the initial born of six small children, guided by loving parents. Along with his brothers and sisters, he had close interactions with his aunts, uncles and quite a few cousins. As a youngster, he relished doing the job at his Uncle Bill Neu’s generate farm in Columbus Grove, which often finished up with a Kewpee hamburger on the trip dwelling.
At age 15, Donald would ride his bicycle to perform at the Lima Locomotive Performs as element of an soon after-college youth application. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on his 18th birthday. A WWII veteran, he was stationed in the Philippines at Japanese Samar and served as an electrician’s mate from 1943 to 1945. Though there, they labored to create and manage a Naval Air Station at Guiuan. Upon returning from services, he commenced his profession as a carpenter, doing the job for Stedke Development. He then took a situation at R&W Development, managing assignments right until his retirement.
Donald cherished to use his design techniques to create and rework residences for several household members – even into his late 80’s. He also volunteered on numerous houses for Habitat for Humanity, in Lima.
He liked to journey and took quite a few relatives holidays across the United States and fishing visits to Canada. He and Jean liked investing their winters in Sebastian, Florida with his brothers, sisters-in-regulation and cousins subsequent door. Several fishing expeditions had been held on the Indian River with going to close friends and family members. Everybody liked tons of fishing, outings to the beach front and buying. Through your continue to be you have been addressed to selfmade sugar cookies and cinnamon rolls. The visit generally ended with a delicious fish-fry with the Neu’s. He shared a cabin with cousins on Pelee Island and knew just in which the walleye strike. He also liked to fly into Small Minimize in Canada for additional rugged fishing.
He was a devoted and devoted member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and served numerous phrases on Church Council. He was a excellent son, brother, spouse, father, grandfather, excellent-grandfather and uncle. If you were in his relatives, by start or by marriage, you knew you had been wholly liked by him, still held accountable to be a challenging-functioning, fantastic person. He was our North Star. His adore, speedy wit and perception of humor were with him to the quite end and reside on in all of us.
Survivors include his daughter, Jane (Robert) Williams of Harrod daughter-in-law, Leola Moritz of Lima five grandchildren: Robert (Shawnna) Moritz, Richard (Dara) Moritz, James (Alison) Williams, Stacey Klingler and Angela (Nathan) Baxter fourteen great-grandchildren one brother: Larry (Suzann) Moritz of Columbus two sisters: Susan Bumbaugh of Columbus and Deborah (Paul) Riepenhoff of Lima a sister-in-law Mary Moritz and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in dying by a son, Joseph F. Moritz two brothers: Myron Moritz and Ramon Moritz a sister-in-legislation, Janice Moritz and a brother-in-regulation, Jaye Bumbaugh.
Funeral providers will get started at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 209 W. North Road, Lima with Rev. Steve Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Ward Cemetery, Harrod with graveside armed forces honors carried out by the Lima VFW Article #1275 Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
Good friends may perhaps contact from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021 at Hanson-Neely-Allison Funeral & Cremation Companies, Ada and 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Donald’s family members would like to thank every person for their visits, prayers and playing cards. A distinctive many thanks to Putnam County Hospice for their fantastic care.
Memorial contributions could be built to the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Lima.
Condolences can be expressed at www.hansonneelyallison.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to Hanson-Neely-Allison Funeral & Cremation Expert services, Ada
Printed by The Lima News from Jul. 28 to Jul. 29, 2021.