As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Goodbye for Now...

This weekend, we are burying a very special man, the patriarch of Chris's large family. We love you and will miss you, Grandpa Eli! Thank you so much for everything you have done for us, and for your wonderful Christian example throughout the years.

Elias Jacob Manz, 89, died at 6:52 a.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at the Paulding County Hospital.
He was born on June 16, 1925 at Paulding, Ohio, the son of Henry and Magdalena (Suttor) Manz. On April 25, 1948, he married Evelyn Sauder, who preceded him in death on February 7, 2011. Eli was a devoted husband of 62 years and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather for nearly 66 years. He served in the US Army as a medic during WWII and worked at the US Post Office in Paulding for 41 years retiring as Postmaster in 1988. He also ran their farm east of Paulding where they raised their family. He was baptized on February 13, 1945, and was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church for over 70 years.
Survivors are seven sons, David (Kathy), Donald (Connie), Kenneth (Gwen), Lester (Karen), John (Diane), Russell (Vera) and Roger (Lisa), all of Paulding, Ohio; seven daughters, Emily (John) Rufener of Rittman, Ohio, Susan (Roger) Gasser of Paulding, Ohio, Rebecca (Kenneth) Zollinger and Alice (Darrell) Widmer of Sterling, Ohio, Barbara (Robert) Brink and Peggy (Keith) Wiemken of Defiance, Ohio and Mildred (Jeffrey) Stoller of Orrville, Ohio; 70 grandchildren, two step grandchildren, 152 great-grandchildren and four great-step grandchildren. One sister, Madeline Manz and one brother, Ben (Carolyn) Manz both of Paulding, Ohio also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Henrietta Baumann, a daughter-in-law and a great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 12 p.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 12867 Road 82, Paulding, Ohio.
The funeral for Eli will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Apostolic Christian Church of Junction, 13582 Road 147, Defiance, Ohio. There will be visitation at the church on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until time of services. Burial will be at the Dotterer Cemetery.
To honor Elias’s wishes and that of the family, please omit flowers, throws etc. Please make memorials to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped, 2125 Veterans Road, Morton, Ill., 61550; Apostolic Christian Church World Relief; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be sent to
Den Herder Funeral Home, Paulding, is handling arrangements.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

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