Charles W. Waesch, 82

Charles W. Waesch, 82, of St. Marys, died  at 2:22 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014,at the Golden Living Center – Valley of St. Marys.   

He was born on May 19, 1931, near St. Marys.  

He was the son of Irvin and Alma (Dicke) Waesch.  

Survivors include his brother, James (Judy) Waesch and his sister, Mary (Paul Henning) Maurer, both of St. Marys.  

Also surviving are his nieces and nephews, Laura (David) Einstein of Westerville; Julia (Tim) Gottschalk of Independence, KY.; Carol (Russell) Morgan of Austin, Texas; Brenda (Tony) Jones of Canal Winchester; David (Tina) Maurer of New Bremen; Dan (JoEllen) Maurer of Wolf Point, Mont. and 15 great-nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death was his brother, Donald Waesch and his brother-in-law, Carl Maurer.  

Mr. Waesch was a lifelong member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen.

He was a 1949 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  

He went on to further his education, graduating in 1959 from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. He was a member of the American Legion Post 323 of St. Marys and of the former Auglaize County Civil Defense.

He was a member of the National Farmer Association and had received his State Farming Degree from the FFA. Charles had worked for the Auglaize County Soil and Water Conservation District and was a dedicated farmer in St. Marys Township. He took great pride in his life’s work, enjoying growing crops, gardening, raising livestock, county fairs and riding his bike.  

Charles loved spending time with his family and talking with others.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen, the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.  

The family will receive friends from noon until the time of the services on Sunday at the funeral home.  

Memorial contributions may be made to the church memorial fund.  Condolences to the Waesch family can be left at