Gene J. Deffenbaugh, 84, of Huron passed away Monday evening, Sept. 27, 2010, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky, following a brief illness.
He was born Sept. 23, 1926, to Wallace and Ada (Dolch) Deffenbaugh in Uniontown, Pa., and lived most of his life in the Sandusky area. Gene was a 1944 graduate of Sandusky High School and attended Ohio Northern University and Bowling Green State University. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II. He was employed for 43 years at Sandusky Foundry & Machine Co., retiring as the lab manager. Gene was a 50 year member of Perseverance Lodge, No. 329, F. & A.M., had earned an Eagle Scout Award, and delivered Meals on Wheels for many years. He was a devoted dad to his five children. He had a great sense of humor with a quick one liner and a love of Toft's ice cream.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois Petersen Deffenbaugh; children, Lynda Weininger of McCutchenville, Ohio, Janet Day of Perrysburg, Ohio, Jim Deffenbaugh of Atlanta and Amy Baum of Sandusky; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jack Deffenbaugh; parents; and sister, Betty Reed.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Salem United Methodist Church, corner of Wayne and Division Streets, Sandusky; the Rev. Paul S. Atkinson will officiate. Entombment will be in Oakland Cemetery Mausoleum, Sandusky.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Sandusky Public Library, 114 W. Adams St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to the donor's favorite charity.
Pfeil Funeral Home, Sandusky Chapel, 617 Columbus Ave., is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be shared with the family at pfeilfuneralhome.com.