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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:08 AM


June 14, 1931

Sept. 10, 2013




Don “Gus” Hohenbrink, 82, of Ottawa passed away peacefully in his home at 8:02 a.m. Tuesday.

He was born June 14, 1931, in Kalida, to August and Magdalina (Altenburger Fischer) Hohenbrink, who preceded him in death.

On June 22, 1955, he married Phyllis Kreinbrink, who survives in Ottawa.

Also surviving are four children, Donna Britsch of Tega Cay, S.C., Rick (Beth) Hohenbrink of Findlay, Jan (Mike Bogart) Hohenbrink of Ottawa and Jill (Mark) Hovest of Pandora; 14 grandchildren: four stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Hohenbrink of Rockport; a sister, Alice Brooker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Matilda Hohenbrink of Kalida.

He was also preceded in death by a son, David “Zeke” Hohenbrink and eight siblings, William, Harry and Sylvester Hohenbrink, Mary Gerding, Frances Schwertner, Gerald Fischer, Freda Fortman and Rita Kuhlman.

Don owned and founded Hohenbrink Excavating in 1955 and owned Putnam Refuse Services for 26 years. He served as an officer in the 8th Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, the Ottawa VFW, Ottawa Eagles, Ottawa American Legion, Findlay AMVETS, Lima Moose Lodge and the Ottawa Knights of Columbus.

He will be missed by many for his love of family and friends, his crazy sense of humor, his hard working business sense, his love of flowers, “his birds” and all his “grand dogs.” He has lived a good life and was loved by many.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa, with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the church cemetery. Military rites by the Ottawa American Legion and VFW will take place after the mass at church. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa where there will be a VFW service at 7 p.m. and a K of C rosary at 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Putnam County Hospice or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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