DELPHOS, Ohio — Melvin W. Kloeppel, 98, of Delphos, died on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos.

He was born June 19, 1920, in Putnam County, to Walter and Flora (Allemeier) Kloeppel. They both preceded him in death. He married Alma Heidlebaugh on July 9, 1946; she preceded him in death on Sept. 15, 2016.

Survivors include:

Sons — Kenneth (Suzanne) Kloeppel, Robert (Denise) Kloeppel, and Ronald (Sue) Kloeppel, all of Delphos

Daughters — Lois (Meredith) Ewing of Spencerville, Carol Wood of Van Wert, and Janice (Cathy) Kloeppel of Memphis, Tennessee

He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Rahrig; brother-in-law, Hubert Rahrig; and son-in-law, David Wood.

He served in WWII from May 26, 1942 - Oct. 26, 1945, as a staff sergeant.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at St. Peter Lutheran Church. The Rev. Steve Nelson will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call on Friday, March 8, 2019, from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.

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