Marvin A. “Zeke” Regula, age 76, of Wapakoneta, Ohio passed away Sunday morning, September 6, 2020 in his home.
He was born December 25, 1943 to the late Harry and Gladys (Oakley) Regula. Zeke was also preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Regula and his brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Janice Regula.
On November 20, 1965, he married Judy (Serr) Regula who survives. Zeke is also survived by two children Austin (Amy) Regula of Wapakoneta and Rhonda (Dean) Wildermuth of Lewistown, Ohio; four grandchildren, Clayton Wildermuth, Alexis Regula, Colton Wildermuth and Carson Regula; two godchildren, Kantessa Stewart of Sidney, Ohio and Marc Copeland of Lewistown. Also surviving are his brother Raymond of Jackson Center, Ohio; his sister, Twyla (William) Ridder of Westerville, Ohio; his sisters-in-law Connie Regula of Bellefontaine, Ohio and Nancy Jo Regula of Jackson Center; his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Gloria Zwiebel of Maplewood, Ohio and numerous nieces and nephews.
Zeke graduated from Jackson Center High School in 1961. In 1962, he went to work for Landmark of Auglaize County where he served as manager in Gutman, New Knoxville and the Uniopolis grain terminals. In 1977, he became a full-time farmer which was his life’s dream. He loved working outside and seeing God’s miracles all around him. His love for farming came to life in his children as they both farm and share his dream today. He has enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow to love farm life as well.
Zeke served as the fiscal officer for Clay Township for twenty eight years and served many years as the advisor of the Happy Herdsmen 4-H club. His 4-H love settled around showing steers and watched as both children and all of his grandchildren followed in his footsteps.
In addition to watching the kids and grandkids show steers, Zeke also enjoyed watching his grandchildren in their sports and tractor pulling adventures. He loved life and everything in it. He was a loving husband, father and friend.
In the last twenty years Zeke has enjoyed calling square dances. He loved going to the Winner’s Harvest Barn and being around many young people who knew how or were just learning to square dance. He is probably getting a set together in Heaven as we speak.
Zeke loved playing cards. In the last few years, he has learned how to play Bridge and that was his favorite. He also enjoyed playing cards with his gang at Booghers and he enjoyed his morning coffee groups at the Heidout and Meyers tavern.
Zeke’s smile and laughter will be missed by many. He was a very positive and fun-loving person and enjoyed life to the fullest.
Zeke was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Montra where he served as financial officer for a number of years. He loved singing bass in the choir and his voice could be heard above all. He also served as a trustee for the church and played on their dart ball team.
Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center.
The funeral service will be officiated by Pastor David Sanders at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Austin’s barn 21766 St. Rt. 720 in Wapakoneta.
Burial will follow the funeral service at the Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Gutman, Ohio.
The staff of the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center is honored to serve the Regula family.