Darel M. Austermiller died in his sleep after a short bout with pneumonia early Saturday, May 19, 2012. He was born and raised in Napoleon, Ohio, as one of four children to Dan and Pearl Austermiller. He attended Napoleon High School, the University of Toledo and served as a Captain in the U.S. 8th Army, Medical Services Corps, where he met his wife of 65 years, 1st Lieutenant and 8th Army Nurse Ruth Marshall Austermiller, from Baltimore, MD, who passed away on May 8, 2011. They were married on February 27, 1946 and lived in Toledo, Ohio, where he was a manager with Willies Overland/Jeep. Their three surviving children were born in Toledo, including Daryl (wife Karen, Prescott, AZ), Robert (wife Cheryl, Elbert, Co) and Sue Austermiller Brush (Seattle, WA). Other survivors include Matthew, (wife Brooke and great grandchildren Jayden and Emery of Colordo Springs, CO) and grandson Kevin Brush (New York City) and granddaughter Germaine Mosher (husband Derrick, Chenoa, ILL) and great granddaughter Appolonia. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mildred Austermiller, of Defiance, Ohio, and her six children as well his step-brother-in-law Eugene Peacock and wife Betty of Eugene, IN.
After his career at Willies Overland, Mr. Austermiller struck out on his own in 1954 as the entrepreneur/franchise owner for the Western Auto Store in his birthplace of Napoleon, Ohio, which he held for 27 years. Never one to retire, Mr. Austermiller went on to serve on the Napoleon City Council, practice real estate and consult with the City for several years. His passions were family, church and golf. He was a long time member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the American Legion. In his final years, he was dependent upon and grateful to his care-givers Julie Garcia, Deb Sonnenberg and Val Knaggs, as well as , all his loving neighbors in Twin Oaks.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, Ohio, Rev. Peter Marcis and Rev. John Hoyler, officiating. Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the joint veteran posts of Napoleon.
Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. up to the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are recommended to St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are in care of the Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, Ohio.