Fred Aukerman Jr., 81

Fred Aukerman Jr., 81, a resident of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community, formerly of Findlay, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, at Mercer County Community Hospital.

He was born on Aug. 19, 1930, in Wabash, Ind., the son of Fred H. B. and Ruby (Keefer) Aukerman, and they preceded him in death.

On June 5, 1955, at the Oak Grove Church of God in Columbia City, Ind., he married Arline E. Hawn, and she survives at the residence in St. Marys.

He is also survived by two sons, Hugh (Sue) Aukerman of Celina and Roger (Deb) Aukerman of Normal, Ill.; a daughter, Betty (Brad) Kennedy of Wooster; four grandchildren, Heidi Aukerman, Linda Sharples, Amanda Aukerman and Bryan Kennedy.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Aukerman; a sister, Anna Lou Aukerman.

Fred graduated from the Linlawn High School in Wabash and the International Business College in Fort Wayne, Ind.

He was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during the Korean War.

He retired from the Marathon Oil Company in Findlay, where he was an accountant.

He was a member of the DAV and Hanna Lodge No. 61, Free and Accepted Masons in Wabash. He enjoyed fishing, working with model trains, woodworking and he faithfully served the Boy Scouts as an adult leader in Findlay for many years. He will be missed by the family who he loved.

He was a member of the Churches of God, Great Lakes Conference and served as an administrator and past president of the conference.

Funeral rites will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in the Meyer Community Chapel on the campus of Otterbein St. Marys, with the Rev. Richard Van Horn officiating. Full military honors will be observed at Otterbein St. Marys following the funeral rites.

Burial rites will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Compton Cemetery in Columbia City, Ind.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday in the Meyer Community Chapel on the campus of Otterbein St. Marys Retirement Community.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Otterbein St. Marys Benevolent Fund or to Camp Otyokwah, Church of God.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road, St. Marys, is entrusted with the funeral arrangements.