Hugh M. "Red" Latimer, age 85, of Columbus, Ohio, died Monday, June 9, 2014, in the family residence.
He was born Aug. 20, 1928, the last of six children of Howard C. and Ella (Robinson) Latimer of near Kenton in Hardin County, Ohio.
Red graduated from the Mount Victory-Dudley High School in Hardin County in 1946 and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served 14 of his 18 months in Korea. He then attended trade school in Kansas City, Mo., returning to work at the Lima, Ohio, Westinghouse plant as a second class electrician.
In Dec. 1951 he was enrolled in the 34th Academy Class at the State Highway Patrol training academy at what was then the Hartman Farms on U.S. 23 south of Columbus. After graduation, he was stationed at several patrol posts in northern Ohio before transferring in 1971 to the Aviation Section in Columbus as an aircraft pilot. When the new motorcycle license course was designed in 1968, he demonstrated the course to all the driver examiners in the state at the training academy, thus becoming the first person to receive a motorcycle endorsement on his drivers license.
During his lifetime he enjoyed motorcycling, boating, water skiing, flying and bicycling. He was a member of Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, Highway Patrol Retirees Association and the Ohio State Troopers Retirees Association, having retired as a sergeant with nearly 25 years service. He also worked for 16 years with the former Bank Ohio, now PNC.
Red was preceded in death by his parents; his second wife, Joyce; brothers, Horace, Marion, Wayne and Douglas; sister, Eleanor (Walter) Scott; and grandson, Chris.
He is survived by his third wife, Sandra (Gould) Latimer; two daughters, Marsha (Scott) Van Barg, and Marlene (Mark) Roeser, both of Sandusky; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no calling hours. The family will receive friends from noon Friday, June 13, until funeral services at 2 p.m., at Jerry Spears Funeral Home, 2693 W. Broad St. Columbus. Interment will be at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Columbus Outdoor Pursuits, 1525 Bethel Rd., Columbus, OH, 43220-2054.