Bernard "Bernie" Max Baldwin
Bernard "Bernie" Max Baldwin

VAN WERT, Ohio — Bernard "Bernie" Max Baldwin, 88, of Van Wert, passed away at 9:57 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2020, at Van Wert Manor. He was born on Dec. 19, 1931, in Van Wert, to the late Eldon Max Baldwin and the late Zelma Elizabeth (Stemen) Baldwin.

On Sept. 18, 1981, Bernie married the love of his life, Sandra Lee who survives. Together, they shared many years of memories.

Bernie retired as as truck driver for Tecumseh Trucking. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and watching the Cowboy Channel. He also had a passion for horses and loved carpentry work.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy of Van Wert; children, Cynthia Baldwin-Wallace, Barry Baldwin, Scott Baldwin, all of Van Wert, Todd (Buffy) Baldwin of Findlay, Troy Baldwin of Van Wert, Kevin Baldwin of California; stepchildren, Cerina (Phil) Burke of Coldwater, David (Kim) Butler of Scott,Shellie Butler of Van Wert; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Bernie was preceded in death by his son, Brent Baldwin, and sister, Joan Lindeman.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020, at First United Brethren Church in Christ, 501 S. Race St., Van Wert, Ohio, with Pastor Jody Harr officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bernie's name may be directed to the American Heart Association.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S. Washington St., Van Wert, OH 45891.