Thomas J. Rable Sr., 79, of Celina, passed away at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at the Celina Manor Nursing Home.
He was born on July 1, 1934, in St. Marys, to the late Victor J. and Matilda (Diehl) Rable.
On June 2, 1962, he married Marilyn Pleiman, who survives in Celina.
Also surviving are his children, Thomas Jr. and Rosann Rable of Celina, Mary and Ted Loose of Springboro, six grandchildren, Matthew, Miranda, Mariah, Marcus, Sara, Kristi and his brother, John Rable, of St. Marys.
Thomas graduated from St. Marys High School in 1952 and attended Wright State University for two years in Celina.
He served his country in the U.S. Air Force after World War II. Thomas retired from Reynolds and Reynolds in Celina in 1997. A central part of his life was the Immaculate Conception Parish Community, where he shared his time and talents as a lay minister distributing communion at local nursing homes, teaching CCD, former active member in the Legion of Mary as well as being a past Grand Knight and a current fourth Degree Knight of Columbus member with the Celina Council 1800. Thomas was instrumental in starting the Mercer County Right to Life Chapter and the Abortion Alternatives Center in Celina. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion Post 210 in Celina.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Celina, the Rev. Kenneth G. Alt C.PP.S. officiating.
Burial will follow in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina, with military honors by the Celina VFW Post 5713 and the Celina American Legion Post 210. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home in Celina. American Legion Post 210 membership services will be held at 7 p.m., and at 8 p.m. Knights of Columbus Services will be held.
Memorial contributions may be made to the I.C. Endowment Fund or to the church for masses.
Condolences may be left at LHDFuneralHome.com.