Monday, February 21st, 2011
Leander A. Broering, 92, Versailles, died Feb. 16, 2011, in San Rafael, Calif.
He was born Aug. 30, 1918, in Montezuma to John H. and Cecilia Holdheide Broering. On Nov. 8, 1945, he married Ruth Mary Paulus, who died Jan. 18, 1998. On Jan. 30, 1999, he married Carolyn Dostal Oakes, who died March 15, 2003.
Surviving are three children, Donald (Marilyn) Broering, Warrenton, Mo., Jeanette (Jacob) Broering Moody, San Rafael, Calif., and Elaine (Thomas) Whipp, Petoskey, Mich.; three sisters, Dorothy Boeckman, Fort Loramie, Rita Hoehne, Fort Loramie, and Vernice Mescher, Tipp City; four grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
Also deceased are three sisters and five brothers.
In 1967 he graduated from Dayton Public Schools. He also graduated from Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, Ill., as an electrician on Nov. 29, 1940. He served in the U.S. Army Corp from 1939 to 1945. He received an honorable discharge at the non-commissioned officer rank of Master Sergeant. During World War II, he was assigned to the 404th Bombardment Squadron stationed in Adak, Alaska. His unit was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation during the Kuril Island Campaign. He was awarded a Bronze Star, the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Ribbon. He worked for 35 years at Dayton Power & Light Company as an electrical construction foreman. He also farmed at the Paulus family farm in Darke County. He attended St. Isabella Catholic Church in San Rafael, Calif., and was a member of the Knights of Columbus-fourth Degree, Holy Name Society, Fort Loramie American Legion Post 355 and St. Remy Catholic War Veterans Post 0661.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial with full military honors by the Fort Loramie American Legion is at St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles.
Calling is 3-7 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be left at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.