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Gerald “Bud” Leo Hites, 89

June 19, 2014

Gerald “Bud” Leo Hites, 89, of Columbia City formerly of Kenton, Ohio, passed away at his daughter’s residence Friday June 13 at midnight.
He was born April 10, 1925, in Roundhead, Ohio, the son of the late Earl A.
Hites and Bonnie E. Harvey. On Oct. 31, 1948, he married Donna B. Nichols and she passed away in March of 2006.
He is survived by his children, Roger (Margie) Hites of Belle Center, Ohio, Tammie (John) Wrisk of Columbia City, and Todd Hites of Rushsylvania, Ohio; grandchildren, April, Shane, Holly, Paulette, Gerard, and Adrian; great-grandchildren, Kennedy, Tristan, Chloe, Emma, Landin, Danielle, Madison, Natalie, Aleigha and Zachary; and sister, Judith Streets.
He was preceded in death by a stillborn daughter, Pamela Marie; great-granddaughter Alexis Avila; a brother, Harvey Jr.; and baby brother, Russell Eugene.
Gerald had a 36-year career as a truck driver/driver trainer working for Schwerman Trucking in Lima, Ohio for 17 years where he achieved yearly safe driver awards. He also worked on the family farm from the age of eight. He was hard working his entire life and carried that strength to the end.
He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran serving from 1943-1946 in World War II.
During his time in the U.S. Army he was a technician 5th grade, a member of Company A 171 Combat Engineer Battalion, was stationed in northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, and Central Europe/Germany.
He built bridges and drove truck in Paris. He received the Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four bronze stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He received his completion certificates from Diesel and Automotive Mechanics School of Chicago attending from 1947-1948. He was considered and excellent mechanic.
Gerald enjoyed working on cars, attending car shows, swap meets, junk yards, auctions, and county music. He was a collector of Chrysler Imperials, Dodge cars and trucks.
He enjoyed his coffee and breakfast stops frequenting the Midway Restaurant, Fillin’ Station, McDonald’s in Kenton, and area Bob Evan’s Restaurants.
He always had a sense of humor and made people laugh right up to his last days.
Gerald was a lifelong resident of Hardin County and had just recently moved to Miller’s Merry Manor and then into his daughter’s home in Columbia City.
Funeral Services for Gerald “Bud” Leo Hites were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Schindewolf Stout Crates Funeral Home in Kenton, Ohio, with Pastor Abe Rowe and Charlie Whitaker officiating.
Burial followed the service in the Roundhead Cemetery where full military rites were conducted by the Kenton AMVETS Post 1994 Honor Guard. Visitation was held at the funeral home Monday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to a Hospice Organization of choice, Kenton AMVETS Post 1994 Honor Guard, and/or the Disabled American Veterans.
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