Carl Joseph Bleininger, Jr., 79, of Rushsylvania, passed away Friday evening, January 25, 2013 at Mary Rutan Hospital. Carl was born in Montgomery County, Ohio on September 27, 1933 to the late Carl J. and Mary L. (Smart) Bleininger. He married the former Charlotte Jane Wolfe in Dayton on August 6, 1955 and she preceded him in death on September 27, 1997.
Carl was a life-long farmer spending many years raising dairy cows and later beef cattle. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and the Milk Marketing Board. Carl was a member of First Lutheran Church, Bellefontaine where he volunteered and had been a board member of Our Daily Bread. He retired in 1998 from Benjamin Logan Schools where he had been a custodian. Carl was an avid Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
Carl is survived by his children: Dale (Cindy) Bleininger of Belle Center, Sara (Gary) Hale of Yellow Springs, Patt (Martin) Howard of Marysville, Bruce (Bonita) Bleininger of Jackson Center, and Doug (Stacey) Bleininger of Belle Center; 10 grandchildren: William (Lorri) Howard, Ashley (Doug) Stehlin, Brandon (Sarah) Bleininger, Aaron Bleininger, Kelly Hale, Heather Bleininger, Nicholas Bleininger, Julie Hale, Dennis Bleininger and Matthew Bleininger; 2 great-grandchildren Noah Howard and Joseph Bleininger; sisters Thelma Day and Myrtle Bleininger, both of Brookville, Treva Engle of Dayton and Frances (Howard) Schumacher of Englewood; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11am with Pastor Jim Burton officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Burial will be in Rushsylvania Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Our Daily Bread c/o First Lutheran Church, Bellefontaine.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.eichholtzfuneralhome.com.