Harold "BUTCH" Lammers

November 20, 1920 - April 24, 2020
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Harold John ‘BUTCH’ Lammers, age 99 of Lima, with Judi at his side, passed into heaven from the Wyngate Assisted Living Facility, Friday, April 24, 2020. He was born November 12, 1920 in Leipsic, Ohio to the late Sylvester and Clara Schroeder Lammers.

He came to Lima at a young age to work at Equity Dairy. He then proudly went to Lima Ordnance Depot during the war to build tanks where he was a foreman over many men. The tank plant is also where he met Elinor Glick. They were married for 69 years before her passing in 2012. After the tank plant closing, he worked at Memorial Hospital for 30 years as a supervisor of the store room. Following his retirement as supervisor, he volunteered at Lima Memorial for 35 years. Elinor and he on Wednesdays would be seen in the halls with the candy cart, on Fridays, Butch would be the escort service, pushing patients in wheelchairs for their appointments, and on Tuesdays they delivered Meals on Wheels. He will be remembered for his big smiles, never meeting a stranger, and sharing jokes. He was honored to receive the Jefferson award. Some knew him as the ‘tie man’ always greeting everyone with a big smile.

As a young man he was the shortstop on winning softball teams. He had season tickets for many years, sitting behind home plate for the Cincinnati Reds and truly liked the Indians. Even at 99 1/2 years old he could tell you what happened in every inning of all the ballgames. He was a good bowler, enjoyed fishing, loved to hunt pheasants and rabbits with his loyal dog, Nip. He had many dogs and taught his last 4 schnauzers dog tricks. Butch was raised Catholic and was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, Lima. He was a wonderful, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by his daughter Judi (Doug) Harris; grandchildren – Craig (Yumiko) Harris and Melissa (Tom) Schroeder and great grandchildren – Erika and Dylan of Columbus; a brother – Joe Lammers and 2 sister-in-laws – Alice Lammers and Dulce Lammers.

He was preceded in death by siblings – Louis (Mary) Lammers; Jim Lammers, John Lammers, Frances Lammers; Angela (Tom) Moening; Rita (Ed) Rieman; and Mary Margaret (Alphonse) Magg.

The caregivers at Wyngate not only cared for him, but also loved him. And a big thank you to Erma who faithfully spent many years caring for Butch.

Due to restrictions of the COVID-19 virus, private funeral services for the immediate family will held at Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum, Lima.

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Date: Saturday, May 2, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel


, Lima, OH,

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Born: November 20, 1920
Died: April 24, 2020

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Rick Lammers posted on 4/28/20

Judi & Family, very sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. It had been a few years since I saw him but I remember him well and do remember at least 1 of the dogs too. I can definitely see a bit of resemblance to Grandpa Sylvester in the photo.


GARY COMPTON posted on 4/28/20

Judi: I'm sorry for your loss of your Dad. What a guy he was ! A smart and funny character, a contest winning stock investor and one of my favorite people. I will miss him.


Patsy Spring posted on 4/27/20

Butch was a great fellow and everyone loved him. I worked at LMHS for 44 years and always loved seeing his colorful ties. May your memories be a comfort to all of you.


Jack shine posted on 4/27/20

Very sorry to read about butch.i met him at lmh several years ago.we would. see each other on fridays.his mind was sharp as othet.a great guy.very proud 2 have known him.he remember my son whole played basketball at lima senior.i will miss him.


Karl 'Butch' Lammers posted on 4/26/20

Judi and Family - Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dad. We first met about 10 years ago and have gotten together several times since and exchanged Christmas cards over the years. My wife and I always enjoyed his charm and were impressed by is ability to recall so much information. I talked to him last in January and we were hoping to see him again once restrictions were lifted, but God had other plans and he was ready to be reunited with your mom. I am thankful Kurt Hoff was able to provide me with contact information a decade ago after an article appeared in the paper. One can never have too many acquaintances the caliber of your Dad and I will always be proud to share a nickname with him.


John Brunk posted on 4/26/20

Judi, My sympathies on the loss of your Dad. I worked with him at LMH for many years. We worked in different departments, but had many discussions about life during my trips to the storeroom. I left LMH in 1997 and aside from seeing Butch a few times at the Kewpee west I had lost track of him until reading about his 99th birthday in the paper. On Christmas eve 2019 my wife Teresa and I stopped at the Wyngate and visited with him. It was like old times. His memory and mental acuity was amazing. I am so thankful for that time we had to reminisce. May God comfort you in your loss.


Terry Maag posted on 4/26/20

Uncle Harold was an inspiration. Always a smile a story with welcome arms. It was always a joy to be in his presence. Sharp as a tack and always upbeat. I admired him so much and mom looked up to him with pride being his sister. He will be missed