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Joseph E. Elkins Sr.

Elkins-Joseph OBIT

Joseph E. Elkins Sr., 92, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:55 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Auglaize Acres.

He was born in Bourbon, Ind., on Feb. 19, 1921, a son of the late Charles Edward and Mary Corl Elkins. He also was preceded in death by four siblings, Lois Stewart, Max Elkins, Betty Redman and Donald Elkins; sisters-in-law, Margie Smith and Mary Jo Clouse; and a brother-in-law, Gene Pesch.  

On May 17, 1947, he married Phyllis C. Keyser, and she survives, along with five children, Joseph E. (Debbie) Elkins Jr. of Bluffton, Ind., William (Janice) Elkins and Jayne (Doug) Place, both of Wapakoneta, Dr. Frederick (Cheryl) Elkins of Bellefontaine and Beverly (Jeff) Ray of Columbus; 10 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jayne Pesch, Plymouth, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Edna Wagoner of Plymouth, Ind.; and a brother-in-law, Robert D. Smith of Mishawaka, Ind.

A 1940 graduate of Plymouth High School, Joe was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked at McCord Corp., Plymouth, for 21 years, and in the 1950s, he owned and operated A&W Root Beer Stands, in Bremen and Nappanee, Ind. In 1967, he opened the B-K Root Beer Stand in Wapakoneta, which he operated with his wife until 1983.

He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the D.A.V., Auglaize County Chapter 73, both of Wapakoneta. His other memberships included the American Legion Post 173, Bellefontaine, the Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533, the former BPOElks 1170, and the Phi Delta Kappa, Plymouth.

He enjoyed carpentry, painting, boating, fishing and gardening. He took pride in the fact he built 10 homes.

While in Plymouth, he played in the Drum & Bugle Corps and served as a Republican precinct committeeman.

Pastor Kimberly Pope-Seiberling officiates a funeral at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta. Burial is at 3 p.m. Monday at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, where military rites are conducted. Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, State Route 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta.

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