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William B. “Bill” Bellmann, 81, died at 11:15 a.m. April 15, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

He was born April 1, 1932, in Putnam County to the late William Carl and Elizabeth Konerding Bellmann. On Oct. 13, 1956, he married Rita Laudick, who survives in Kalida. They have been happily married for 56 1/2 years.

Also surviving are six children, Paul (Joan) Bellmann, of Kalida, Tom (Dana) Bellmann, of Colorado, Carolyn (Jeff) Riepenhoff, of Miller City, Ann (Alan Eickholt) Rayle, of Kalida, Dan “Red” Bellmann, of Kalida, and Kenny (Gale) Bellmann, of Kalida; 13 grandchildren, Christy (Michael) Killion, Courtney (Brian) Heitmeyer, Ryan (Melissa) Bellmann, Jason, Kristen and Kendra Bellmann, Ashley (Craig) Otto, Derek Rayle, and Kasie, Andrea and Clay Bellman; two stepgrandchildren, Jared and Amber Horstman; eight great-grandchildren, Aiden, Trevor and Trey Killion, Sienna, Peyton, Nathan and Tenley Otto, and Owen Heitmeyer; a brother, Bernard (Leona) Bellmann, of Delphos; and three sisters, Mary Ordway, of North Creek, Elizabeth (Carl) Corbitt, of Findlay, and Juanita (Duane) Tonkel, of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by a brother, John Bellmann; and two sisters, Matilda (Cleemput) Liebrecht and Clara (Wagner) Dockett.

Bill was a contractor and owner of Bellmann Builders, Kalida. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, and its Holy Name Society. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 541, Continental, where he was a past commander, and was also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9142 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2234, both in Ottawa, the Kalida Fish & Game, and the National Rifle Association. Bill coached Kalida Pony League for 14 years, and loved hunting, fishing and bowling. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes.

Bill was a man with a big heart. He loved his family unconditionally and treated each of his children the same. A man of many words, he was kind and gentle, and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He worked very hard all his life and could get along with anyone. He could hold a conversation for hours on end and never run out of stories to tell.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, Kalida, with military rites by American Legion Post 541 and VFW Post 9142. Father Mark Hoying will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in St. Isidore Cemetery, Cuba, Ohio.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township, where there will be a Scripture service at 3:30 p.m. and a American Legion and VFW service at 7 p.m.

Memorials can be given to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at lovefuneralhome.com.

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