Adrian R. Settlage, 89, of 11780 State Route 29, New Knoxville, died suddenly at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, in the emergency department of Joint Township District Memorial Hospital.
He was born on June 27, 1922, on the farm where he currently resided, the son of William and Ida (Wellman) Settlage, and they preceded him in death.
On March 6, 1948, he married Martha Maneke, and she survives at the residence.
He is also survived his seven children, Patricia (Richard) Isbell of Magnolia, Texas, Linda (Mike) Forrest of Westerville, Janice (Chris) Speckman of New Knoxville, John A. Settlage of New Knoxville, Lois (James) Harrod of New Knoxville, Christine (Harry) Gabel of New Knoxville and Matthew (Christine) Settlage of St. Marys; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Settlage; a sister, Ruth Bambauer.
Adrian was a 1940 graduate of New Knoxville High School.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1942-45 with the 8th and 9th Air Force in the European Theater. He saw duty in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium and Germany.
He was a retired farmer and also retired from Hoge Lumber Company in New Knoxville. He later worked at Vanderhorst Wholesale in St. Marys. He was a lifelong member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, where he had served for many years as a Sunday School teacher. He also served as an elder, deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of the church.
He loved fishing and gardening. He was a member of American Legion Post 444, New Knoxville.
Funeral rites will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Church of Christ, New Knoxville, with the Rev. Chuck Moeller officiating.
Burial, with full military rites performed by Post 444, will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, in the newly constructed Ministry Center of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, where memorial donations may be made to either the First United Church of Christ or to the New Knoxville Historical Society.
Condolences may be sent to the family via Millerfuneralhomes.net.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.