HOLGATE -- Wayne S. Fruth, 90, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
He was born November 26, 1922, in Holgate, to Albert L. and Ida M. (Franz) Fruth. On March 20, 1949, he married Mary L. (Gillespie) Fruth, who preceded him in death on September 12, 1994.
Survivors include sons, Gregory W. Fruth and Kirk A. (Lynette) Fruth, both of Holgate; grandchildren, Abbey L. (Alan) Eng, Munroe Falls, Ohio, Jennifer J. (Sean) Kobilis, Holgate, and Ryan A. (Tiffany) Fruth, Sarasota, Fla.; great-grandchildren, Brandon A. Eng, Tori J. Kobilis, Bryce R. Kobilis, and Dylan W. Eng.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Lester E. Fruth and Lloyd H. Fruth; and sisters, Audrey R. Buckmaster and Beryl L. Fruth. Wayne was a graduate of Holgate High School and served during World War II, from 1942-1946, with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Holgate, where he had served as a deacon, an elder, and as Sunday school superintendent. Other memberships included the Holgate American Legion, the New Bavaria Veterans of Foreign Wars, Holgate Village Council and the Holgate Lions Club. He farmed for over 30 years and was employed with Campbell Soup Company, Napoleon, for 10 years.
Visitation will be Saturday, from 2-8 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, Holgate, and one hour prior to the 3 p.m. funeral service on Sunday at St. John's United Church of Christ, Holgate, with Pastor Dan Sather officiating. Interment will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance.
The family suggests memorials to Shalom Food Pantry. Online condolences can be left at www.snyderfuneralhome.net.