Paul Eugene Burner, 88, of Deshler, Ohio, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 19, 1932, in Leipsic, Ohio, to the late Clarence “Bus” and Willetta (Kneller) Burner. On June 28, 1958, he married Glennadine (Meyer) Burner at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler, and she preceded him in death on May 19, 2017.
Paul was a 1950 graduate of Deshler High School and was drafted by the St. Louis Browns baseball team out of high school. After a brief time in the minors, he would leave baseball and serve his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his military service he returned home and worked at the former Koppenhofer Bros./IMCO Poultry as a route supervisor and driver. He would eventually leave that job to become the Superintendant of Maintenance for the Village of Deshler and worked for over 23 years for his community.
Paul was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler; the Deshler American Legion Post #316; the Bavarian Club and the Patrick Henry Athletic Boosters. He enjoyed following the local sports programs and was often seen in the stands at many Patrick Henry events.
His will be remembered for his garden that he put out each year; listening to Polka and country western music; making paper airplanes or riding his bicycle about town. His family will forever cherish the unconditional love and support as he and his late wife, Glennadine dedicated themselves to their family.
He is survived by his children, Debra Kay (Mark) Westrick, New Bavaria, Ohio, Deborah Sue (Randall) Nation, Napoleon, Ohio, David (Lynette) Burner, Toledo, Ohio, Darin Burner, Findlay, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; three step grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 7 step great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Winfield Meyer, Winterhaven, Florida, Edwin (Jill) Meyer Jr., Colorado Springs, Colorado, and John Damman, Napoleon, Ohio.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Dion K. “Bob” Burner, and sister-in-law, Phyllis Damman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Deshler, with Rev. Chris Walter and Paul’s grandson, Nick Burner, officiating. Graveside services with military honors will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Deshler. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Feehan-Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
The family suggests memorials to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Bridge Hospice.
Messages and memories can be left for the family at www.feehanrodenbergerfuneralhome.com.