Mirth J. Carnes, 81, died at 12:55 p.m. Sept. 27, 2009, in Spencerville, following an extended illness.
He was born June 3, 1928, in Salem Township, Auglaize County, to Aldred L. and Etta Mae Wagoner Carnes, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 12, 1949, he married June Bowersock, who survives.
Mr. Carnes was a 1946 graduate of Spencerville High School. He became a tool maker, completing his apprenticeship in 1965 at Gasdorf Tool & Machine Works, Lima, where he worked for 19 years. He retired in 1992 from General Dynamics after 13 years. He had also farmed and worked at Sandkuhl Tile Mill, Kossuth. He was a member of Kossuth-Zion United Methodist Church and a former member of Monticello United Brethren in Christ Church. He was a member of United Auto Workers union Local 2075 and the UAW Retirement Club. He enjoyed woodworking, giving his works as gifts and his antique John Deere tractor.
Survivors also include four sons, Paul M. Carnes, of Spencerville, Clay E. (Deborah) Carnes, of Lima, John A. (Carol) Carnes, of Spencerville, and Wayne C. Carnes, of Indianapolis; 10 grandchildren, Carla (Dennis) Spanbauer, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Nathan (Kathy) Carnes, of Coldwater; Nichole Carnes, of Asheville, N.C., Lisa Carnes, of Lima, Candace (Jacob) Cooper, of Lakeview, Allen (Janine) Carnes, of Wapakoneta, and Joshua Carnes, Joanna Carnes, Natalie Carnes and Lenora Carnes, all of Indianapolis; nine great-grandchildren, Brandon and Chelsea Wale, Sydney and Ashleigh Spanbauer, Hunter and Justin Carnes, and Xavier, Jadon and Liam Carnes; and three sisters-in-law, Theresa Carnes, of St. Johns, Beulah Carnes, of Kossuth, and Jean Rupert, of Spencerville.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sarah C. Carnes; and three brothers, Robert, Ralph and Emmett Carnes.
Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, The Revs. Raymond S. Daniel Jr. and Carey G. Knittle will officiate. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kossuth-Zion United Methodist Church.