Eugene F. Bercaw, age 84 of Lima, died 6:17 a.m., Sunday, December 30, 2012 in Shawnee Manor. He was born March 10, 1928 in Lima, Ohio to the late Walter William and Ruth Elizabeth Hughes Bercaw. On August 18, 1951 he married Alice Marie Patterson, who survives.
Mr. Bercaw retired from Ford Motor Company in 1989 after 31 years where he worked in maintenance and at the power house. Many of his friends and co-workers knew him as “Minnie Pearl”. He treasured his family and doing things with them. He was an avid outdoorsman, loving to hunt, garden, swim, boating, and camping. As a teenager he was a lifeguard with Schoonover Pool.
Survivors include 3 daughters – Kathy Lynn (Rick) Wolfe of Sidney; Elizabeth Ann Collins of CA; Karel “Jeanne” (Joseph) Boyer of Van Wert; 10 grandchildren – Jerry, Dottie, Pat, Mary, Tim, Joseph, Patty, Tom, Mary Alice, and Shannon; 5 step grandchildren; 18 Great Grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 1 brother – Donald (Dorothy) Bercaw of FL; a sister – Bonnie Blaine of Elida.
He was preceded in death by a daughter – Bonnie Sue Holtzapple; a grandson – Michael Eugene Eldridge; 2 brothers – Walter Bercaw, Jr. and Gilbert Bercaw; 2 sisters – Ruth Foust and Dorothy Hartge.
Funeral services will begin 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2012 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville. Rev. Daniel Messner will officiate. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Date: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm