DELPHOS ó Orville H. Burgei, 88, died at 8:40 p.m. June 21, 2013, at St. Ritaís Medical Center.
He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Putnam County to Jacob and Veronica Ricker Burgei, who preceded him in death. He married Ethel B. Miller, who survives in Delphos.
Mr. Burgei enjoyed gardening, ice cream, fishing on Lake Erie, and music, especially playing the guitar. He also had a love for dogs. He especially enjoyed his family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed attending all their sporting events. His passion was his lifelong companion, his wife, Ethel. He was a lifelong farmer. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035. He was a Navy veteran (fireman 1st class).
Survivors also include three sons, Kenneth (Connie) Burgei, of Wauseon, Donald (Judy) Burgei, of Columbus, and Larry (Donna) Burgei, of Delphos; four sisters, Alma Minning and Ruth Pohlman, both of Delphos, Irene Miller, of Ottoville, and Norma Vonderembse, of Delphos; three daughters, Mary Jane (John) Morman, of Glandorf, Judy (Kevin) Clark, of Delphos, and Anne (Dan) Wurst, of Ottoville; a daughter-in-law, Judy Burgei; two sisters-in-law, Avonelle Burgei and Norma Burgei; a brother-in-law, Kenny Rode; and 24 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mike Burgei; two sisters, Gertrude Rode and Rosemary Pohlman; and two brothers, John and Thomas Burgei.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. The Rev. Chris Bohnsack will officiate. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery with military rites by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where there will be a parish wake at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Alzheimerís Association, or St. Johnís Parish Foundation.
Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.