Elden L. “Red” Stolzenburg, 87

Elden L. “Red” Stolzenburg, 87, of St. Marys, formerly of Wapakoneta, died at 9:44 a.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital emergency room, in St. Marys. He was born April 11, 1927, in Wapakoneta, the son of Henry and Alpha (Myers) Stolzenburg, who preceded him in death. On June 19, 1947, he married Mary Fogt, and she died Jan. 8, 2002. He later married Carol McDonald, and she survives.

Other survivors include, three children, Linda (Mick) Kramer, of Botkins, Eldon (Connie) Stolzenburg and Robert (Marie) Stolzenburg, both of St. Marys; three step-children, Roxann (James) Lengerich, of St. Marys, Ron (Julie) Rupert, of Whitesboro, Texas, Rus (Deb) Rupert, of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren & seven step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Don (Adella) Stolzenburg, of Wapakoneta and Larry (Roberta) Stolzenburg, of Wapakoneta.

He was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, a brother, Vernon, and a sister, Bernice Thomas.

Red retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 38 years of service. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army, and was a life member of the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. He loved writing poetry and had several of his poems published. He was also an avid fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, state Route 501, Wapakoneta. Burial is to follow in the Greenlawn Cemetery, Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Heart Association, or the American Kidney Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at bayliffandeleyfh.com.