Jerome F. Bey Sr. age 90, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away at 7:16 A.M. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at Versailles Health Care Center. Jerome was born November 27, 1925 in Darke County to the late Clarence D. & Ursina (Gigandet) Bey.
Jerome is survived by his wife of 69 years, Loretta (Monnin) Bey whom he married November 27, 1946; children, Judy & Ron Hoelscher Sr. of Bradford, Jerome & Bonnie Bey Jr. of Versailles and Janet & Jim Billenstein of Versailles; grandchildren, Ron Hoelscher Jr., Lorrie Hoelscher, Michelle (Curtis) Enis, Cindy (Dennis) Fair, Jerome (Sundra) Bey III, Albert (Cindy) Bey, Lisa (Chris) Heid, Sandy (Mark) Buynak, Benjamin (Emily) Bey, Antony Bey, Steve Bey Jr., John (Amy) Bey, Shannon (Tim) Billenstein, Jody Billenstein and Staci (Dennis) Boyd; 34 great-grandchildren; brother, Wilmer Bey of Versailles; sisters & brothers-in-law, Thelma & Mark Jutte of Ft. Recovery and Marlene & Lester McCullough of Greenville; sister-in-law, Donna Lou Bey of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jerome was also preceded in death by his children, John, Linda and Joseph Bey; brother, Carl J. Bey; sister, Ruth Lennartz; brother-in-law, Louis Lennartz; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Bey.
Jerome served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He retired after 30 years from C.F. Poeppelman Inc. where he was a foreman and formerly worked at Carl Subler Trucking. Jerome was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles. He was a life member of the V.F.W. in Versailles. Jerome enjoyed taking fishing trips to his cabin in Canada and woodworking.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, November 14, 2016, at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. Ron Haft celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles with Military Honors conducted by the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2:00 to 6:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at the Versailles K of C Hall 8440 St. Rt. 47 in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Veteran’s Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com