Eugene Wurm


NAPOLEON -- Eugene L. Wurm, 92, of Napoleon, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at his residence.

He was born on December 8, 1921, in New Washington, Ohio, to the late Linus I. and Lillian (Heydinger) Wurm. He had been a resident of Vermilion for 35 years, where he was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Parish, and moved to his home town in New Washington, Ohio. Later he relocated to Napoleon, where he was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. He was ordained as deacon of the Toledo Diocese in 1989. He also served as deacon at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky, Vermilion St. Mary's and Naval Chaplain Corps in Florida. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the invasion of Normandy, and in Vietnam. He was a member of the St. Bernard's K of C, American Legion, Retired Naval Officers Association, and life member of the VFW. He also was a six-year member of the Navy Chaplain Corps at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

He is survived by his loving wife, Mavis, who he married June 25, 1946, at St. Bernardette Catholic Church in Bournemouth, England. He cherished his four daughters, Brenda L. Davis of Napoleon, Ohio, Christine S. Aden of Phoenix, Ariz., Elizabeth J. (Kirk) Born, of Plano, Texas, and Susan J. VanLanen of Duluth, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Vincent, John and Urban Wurm; sister, Jeanette Nevius; grandson, Tommy Eugene Aden II; and son-in-law, William VanLanen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, with vigil service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in New Washington, Ohio, on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery in New Washington, where there will be military funeral rites.

The family asks that memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Project. Online condolences maybe made to

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