James Leroy “Jimmy” Baltes age 86, of Versailles, Ohio passed away at 11:20 A.M. on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Hospice of Cincinnati. Jimmy was born June 18, 1926 in Versailles, Ohio to the late Leroy & Ella (Frantz) Baltes.
Jimmy is survived by his daughters & son-in-law, Jayne Baltes of Greenville and Holly & Nick Keiser of Versailles; son-in-law, Dennis Hemmelgarn of Burkettsville; grandchildren, Michael & Lisha Hemmelgarn, Bryan & Nikki Hemmelgarn, Odessa & Keith Boeckman, Megan, Madison, Mallory & Alex Keiser; great grandchildren, Allyson & Ayden Hemmelgarn, Ben & Kate Hemmelgarn and Ava, Samuel & Michael Boeckman; brother & sister-in-law, Earl & Berneice Baltes of Rossburg; sisters, Bertha Siegrist of Celina and Susie Barga of Versailles; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy is also preceded in death by his wife, Dolores C. “Dorie” (Siefring) Baltes on January 18, 2010 whom he married June 12, 1951; daughter, Kathy Hemmelgarn; brother, Ralph Baltes; and sisters, Zelma Fenner and Rita Condon.
Jimmy, along with his late wife, was former owners of Baltes Restaurant in Frenchtown for 37 years. Jimmy was also the drummer in the Jimmy Baltes Band for 65 years. He was a member of St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles; Knights of Columbus of St. Denis Catholic Church; Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2347; Greenville Elks Lodge; Musicians Union and a social member of the Versailles Vet’s Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, September 24, 2012 at St. Denis Catholic Church in Versailles with Rev. Fr. David Vincent celebrant. Burial will follow in St. Valbert Cemetery in Versailles. The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 23, 2012 from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. and Monday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles. Memorial contributions may be made to Versailles Emergency Medical Services or the Versailles Alumni Association. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com