H. Gene Tester, 65, of 08304 County Road 33-A in Wapakoneta, died at 9:25 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his residence. He fought a 5 1/2 year battle with multiple myeloma, and passed away peacefully with his family and close friends at his bedside.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1948, in Celina, to Howard and Wilma (Schultz) Tester.
On Aug. 21, 1971, at Westview United Methodist Church in Cridersville, he married Cathy J. Archer, who survives.
He is also survived by two daughters, Jennifer (Rick) Axe of Wapakoneta and Kristina (Damon Martin) Tester of Marysville, a son, Joshua (Jennifer) Tester of Wapakoneta, three grandchildren, Dillon Axe, Olivia Tester and Camden Tester, his mother, Wilma Tester of Wapakoneta, a sister, Annabelle Zwiebel of Wapakoneta, father-in-law Vernon (Linda) Archer of Wapakoneta and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Tester, mother-in-law Marilyn Jean Archer and his brother-in-law, James Zwiebel.
He was a 1966 graduate of Wapakoneta Senior High School.
A veteran of the United States Army, he served his country during the Vietnam War.
He was a lifelong farmer. His memberships included Trinity Lutheran Church in Moulton, and VFW Post 8445 in Wapakoneta and the National Rifle Association.
Gene was a hard-working man and a bit of a jokester. His favorite pastimes included fishing, following sports of all types and watching game shows on television. Above all, he dearly loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Rites are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys, the Rev. Joy Miller officiating.
Burial with graveside military honors will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery in St. Marys.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, to the Wounded Warriors Project, or to the James Cancer Hospital of OSU Medical Center.
Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.