K. Wayne Naujoks

K. Wayne Naujoks, 88, of Fremont, passed away at home Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.

He was born March 9, 1924, in Bettsville, the son of Christopher and Beulah (Carper) Naujoks. Wayne married Jessie A. Boos June 13, 1942, in Tiffin, and she preceded him in death Dec. 18, 2012.

Wayne is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Tom Mitchell; son-in-law, Ray Myers; grandson, Ryan Mitchell; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Mitchell, all of Fremont.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; daughter, Pam Myers and grandson, Randy Myers.

He was a 1942 graduate of Bettsville High School. Wayne served in the US Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945 as an anti-tank gunner in the Big Red One Infantry Division. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes and Sicily. Wayne received the EAME Theater Ribbon with 6 Bronze Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct Ribbon, Purple Heart, Presidential Distinguished Unit Citation and the Bronze Star Medal.

Wayne worked at C.E. Basic for more than 40 years until he retired in 1985. He started as a laborer and worked his way up to supervisor of the research department. He was a member of Grace Community Church, Bettsville American Legion, Basic quarter of a century club, Green Springs Masonic Lodge 0427 and was a life member of the Fremont V.F.W. He enjoyed gardening, flower gardening and fishing.

Visitation will be 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH 43420.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the funeral home with Pastor Forrest Kirchenbauer officiating. Burial is at Pleasant Union Cemetery in Old Fort, with military honors provided by the American Legion and V.F.W.

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital, 430 S. Main St, Clyde, OH 43410 or Grace Community Church, 900 Smith Road, Fremont, OH 43420.

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