Joseph E. Elkins Sr., 92

Posted on November 1, 2013

Joseph E. Elkins, Sr., 92, of Wapakoneta, died at 10:55 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Auglaize Acres.
He was born Feb. 19, 1921, in Bourbon, the son of Charles Edward and Mary (Corl) Elkins, who preceded him in death. On May 17, 1947, he married Phyllis C. Keyser, and she survives.
Other survivors include, five children, Joseph E. (Debbie) Elkins Jr. of Bluffton, William (Janice) Elkins of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Jayne (Doug) Place of Wapakoneta, Ohio, Dr. Frederick (Cheryl) Elkins of Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Beverly (Jeff) Ray of Columbus, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jayne Pesch of Plymouth; a sister-in-law, Edna Wagoner, of Plymouth; and a brother-in-law, Robert D. Smith of Mishawaka.
He 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. 
Joe was a 1940 graduate of Plymouth High School, and was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII.  He worked at McCord Corp. in Plymouth for 21 years and in the 1950s owned and operated A & W Root Beer Stands, in Bremen and Nappanee.
In 1967, he opened the B – K Root Beer Stand in Wapakoneta, which he operated with his wife Phyllis until 1983. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and the D.A.V., Auglaize Co. Chapter 73, both of Wapakoneta. His other memberships included the American Legion Post 173 of Bellefontaine, the Loyal Order of the Moose, Indian Lake Chapter 1533, the former BPOE 1170, and the Phi Delta Kappa of 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. 
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, Nov. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Wapakoneta with Pastor Kimberly Pope-Seiberling officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, at  the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, St. Rt. 501, Wapakoneta, and one hour prior to the service Monday at the church. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Plymouth, where military rites will be conducted.
Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church, Wapakoneta.
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