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Raymond H. Poppe, 92, formerly of Botkins, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2012, at Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Home, 11300 Circle Drive, St. Marys.
Raymond was born on Sept. 22, 1919, in Clay County, Ark., the son of August and Rosa (Leirer) Poppe, and they preceded him in death.
On Nov. 23, 1946, he married Estella Sweetman, and she passed away on Oct. 12, 1994.
He is survived by three daughters, Rose Ann (Brent) Kerns of Jackson Center, Linda Cregan of Beavercreek and Betty (Daniel) Fogt of Marysville; four sons, Glenn Poppe of Geyer, Dale (Jennifer) Poppe of Botkins, Harold Poppe of St. Marys and Gary (Tracey) Poppe of Lake Dallas, Texas; a sister, Glenda Fay Williams of Swansea, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Vermon Poppe.
Raymond was employed as the mill superintendent at Botkins Grain and Feed for many years.
He was a U.S. Army veteran from 1941 to 1945 and was the last known survivor of Pearl Harbor in Shelby County.
He was a member of the Anna-Botkins American Legion and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Botkins, where he had taught adult Sunday School and was the past congregational president.
He had been on the board of public affairs in Botkins at one time, was the head of Little League baseball in Botkins and was active in dartball.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney, with the Rev. Robert Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m Thursday at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Botkins. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Poppe family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s website at Salm-McGillAndTangemanfh.com.