Nelson B. “Nellie” Greve, 83

Nelson B. “Nellie” Greve, 83, of Wapakoneta, died at 6:34 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at the Lima Memorial Health System, following a sudden illness.

He was born on Feb. 5, 1929, in Shelby County, the son of Edward and Hulda (Steinke) Greve, and they preceded him in death.

On Feb. 7, 1953, he married Anna E. Eversman, and she survives.  

He is also survived by three children, Beverly (Tom) Lee of Wapakoneta, Douglas Greve of Botkins and David (Brenda) Greve of Wapakoneta; 13 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Luetta Ruppert, Victoria Rohrbaugh and Iva Lou Bergman.

He was preceded in death by a son, Duane Greve; two great-grandchildren, Addison Berner and Talon Lee; three brothers-in-law, Marion Ruppert, Virgil Rohrbaugh and Richard Bergman.

Nellie retired from Moulton Gas Co. in Moulton. Before that, he worked at Stinebaugh Construction Co. in Wapakoneta. He was also an avid junk collector.

Nellie proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta. His other memberships included Buckeye Farm Antiques and the Grand Lake Tractor Pullers. He also served as a board member with the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  He enjoyed wintering in Florida, fishing, traveling but most especially spending time with his family and pestering his grandchildren.  

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Wapakoneta, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8445.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, Ohio 501, Wapakoneta. Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph Catholic Church Renovation Fund or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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