Paul Neuhauser

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Paul Edward Neuhauser, 92, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Henry County Hospital.

He was born on August 18, 1921, in Berne, Indiana, to the late David and Wilma (Habegger) Neuhauser. At an early age, his family moved to Ridgeville Corners, Ohio. He attended Ridgeville schools and graduated in 1939. During high school he was active in sports as a member of the basketball and baseball teams.

On May 18, 1943, he married Marjorie Franz who survives. This year they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Paul served as a technician 5th Grade in the Medical Corps during World War II, from December 8, 1942, through January 24, 1946. He received his training at Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Ark., and Camp Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo. He left for overseas duty from Camp Stoneman, Calif., on November 1, 1943, and served as a medical technician, first on Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides and also at a Port Dispensary. On April 12, 1945, he was transferred to San Fernando LaUnion in the Philippines with the 31st General Hospital. While the new hospital was being built, he was placed on detached service with 68th medical depot for approximately six months, after which the hospital was completed, and then he worked in the wards until December 23, 1945. He left for the states and was discharged January 24, 1946.

Upon his return from the service, he worked as a service manager for Neuhauser Hatcheries, Inc., as well as serving as vice president of the family-owned business. When International Multifoods purchased Neuhauser Hatcheries in 1967, he continued to work in the business as district sales and service manager and hatchery manger. In June of 1979, he retired and spent his remaining years traveling and pursuing his various hobbies.

Paul was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Archbold in his early years. After moving to Napoleon and getting married, he became a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church of Napoleon. He was a member of its senior choir from 1952-2004. He served as Sunday school superintendent, church lay leader, church historian, and chairman or member of most of the working committees within the church. He also served as district lay leader for the Defiance district of the United Methodist Church, and was a member of the Defiance District Methodist Union. After retirement, Paul enjoyed compiling "penny books" which he gave away to youngsters in the family, friends and any child he saw in restaurants, etc. It was his "special" hobby!

In addition to his wife, survivors are a son, David Paul Neuhauser and his wife Margaret Neuhauser of Fort Wayne, Ind., and a daughter, Judith Ann Kahn and her husband, Warren, of Findlay. One son, Lynn Edward Neuhauser, is deceased. He is also survived by five grandchildren and one great grandson, Michael and Sarah Neuhauser and their son, Jacob Michael Neuhauser of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Andrew Neuhauser of Toledo, Ohio; Amy Kahn of Roseville, Calif.; Jennifer Kahn of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; and Melinda Bucher and her husband Rand of Findlay, Ohio.

A sister, Evelyn Rosebrock of Ridgeville Corners, Ohio, survives (husband Alvin deceased). A sister, Joan Neuhauser, passed away in 1932. Another sister, Romaigne Shafer, passed away in 2008, and her husband, Leo Shafer, survives.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Napoleon. Interment will follow at Glenwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Napoleon Joint Veteran Posts. Visitation is Thursday from 3-5 and 6-8 p.m. at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, and from 10-11 a.m. on Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

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