Vernon E. “Vern” Doenges, 91, of Wapakoneta, died at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born Feb. 18, 1922, on the family farm in St. Marys Twp., Auglaize County, the son of William J. and Marie (Oldiges) Doenges, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 11, 1948, he married Eileen M. Hasson, and she died May 18, 2005.
Survivors include, four children, Nick (Tomoe) Doenges, Nina Stuckey, Noreen Wise and Nell (William) Chadwick; grandchildren,Vern (Georjeanna) Doenges, Donna (Richard) Lindberg, David (Skye) Stuckey, Kelly (John) DiCarlantonio, Victoria Hoffman, Nicole Wise and Michael Wise; 11 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lee (James) Wissman; a sister-in-law, Irene Doenges; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis and Ralph.
Vern attended the one-room Graybill School for eight years. He then graduated from Memorial High School in St. Marys in 1939, followed by business classes at Northwestern School of Commerce. He was medically deferred from the military service. He held various jobs (bookkeeper, musician, laundry route supervisor, janitorial service) before being elected in 1959 as Auglaize County Auditor where he served seven four-year terms. In retirement, Vern was active in multiple organizations, known especially for his contribution to historical documentation, his personal historical collection and compilation of the Wapak Daily News column, Looking Back. His final column appeared Jan. 31, 2014. The column will continue under the byline of his son, Nick Doenges.
Vern’s memberships included St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and its Resurrection Choir, Knights of Columbus, Elks, Eagles, VFW, Auglaize County Historical Society, Am. Federation of Musicians, AmVets, American Legion, Auglaize County Farm Bureau, St. Joseph Parent Teacher Org. (President), Ohio County Auditor Assn (President), Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (President, Auglaize County chapter), AARP (Treasurer, Auglaize County chapter) and Auglaize County Democrats (Treasurer until death).
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with Rev. Daniel Hunt officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wapakoneta. The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta.
Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com .