James H. Bellman, 84, died at 3:55 p.m. Nov. 16, 2007, at St. Rita's Medical Center.
He was born March 17, 1923, in Putnam County near Kalida to Joseph and Martha Meyer Bellman. He married Lucy Ann Brinkman on April 18, 1942, and she survives in Cridersville.
Mr. Bellman was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and Brands Fishing Club, all in Wapakoneta. He had worked on the B&O Railroad and for Westinghouse. He founded Bellman's Garage in 1947 and was the owner and operator until his retirement in 1985. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he was fondly referred to by his grandchildren as "Paki." He was an avid deer hunter, who enjoyed camping, fishing, boating and sitting on his front porch. He loved spending time with his family in Pennsylvania at their cabin and in the early years he built and raced cars around Northwest Ohio.
Survivors include four sons, Chuck (Diane) Bellman, of Cridersville, and Robert (Laura) Bellman, Greg (Tami) Bellman and Phil (Deb) Bellman, all of Wapakoneta; seven daughters, Gloria (Bill) Bratton, of Ottawa, Martha (John) Anders, of Fort Jennings, Doris (John) Sheipline, of Wapakoneta, Sharon Rainey, of Van Wert, Theresa (Mike) Herbst, of New Knoxville, Carolyn (Kevin) Holtzapple, of Wapakoneta, and Mary (Steve) Brown, of Marysville; a daughter-in-law, Lorretta Bellman, of Cridersville; 34 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Richard (Betty) Bellman, of Leipsic, Leon Bellman, of Willard, Virgil (Naomi) Bellman, of Ottawa, and Paul (Betty) Bellman, of Ottawa; and three sisters, Viola Siebenck and Edna (Louis) Siebenck, both of Leipsic, and Mary (Tom) Wilhelm, of New Bavaria.
He was preceded in death by two sons, David Lee Bellman and Dennis Joseph Bellman; a grandson, Joseph Lee Bellman; a brother, Norm (Ruth Kuhlman) Bellman; a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bellman; and a brother-in-law Leonard Siebenck.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The Rev. Hank Albietz will officiate. A private burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville. Prayers will be offered at 2 p.m. and a rosary service will begin at 8 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.