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home : obituaries : obituaries May 24, 2016

10/15/2013 8:00:00 AM
Harry Ginther Jr.
Sept. 26, 1922 - Oct. 12, 2013
Harry Ginther Jr.
Harry Ginther Jr.

Mr. Harry Ginther Jr., 91, of Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away at home at 2:45 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2013. 

In Rochester, on Sept. 26, 1922, named to honor his father, Harry Jr. was born. He was the treasured son of Harry and Effie Slaybaugh Ginther. The oldest of eight children, Junior shared his childhood with three sisters Deloris, Patty Ann and Beatrice and four brothers Dick, Robert, Verl and Alton. 

Answering the call to serve our country, Junior was a member of the U.S. Army for three years during World War II. During his stint, he served in Germany and France and the campaigns of Rhineland and central Europe. His citations included EAME Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal. He mustered out as a technician 5th grade, 851st Engineer Aviation Battalion. 

Junior was introduced to the love of his life and soul mate, Betty White by mutual friends. On Feb. 21, 1948, Junior and Betty solemnized their wedding vows in Rochester.  Together they shared over 65 and a half years of life's adventures. From their union came two daughters, Diana and Cindy, and a son, Dan. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 

For over 33 years, Junior was a dedicated employee of  the Erie-Lackawana Railroad Company, building railroads and maintaining them for safe travel. To relax, he enjoyed watching football and cheering for his favorite teams, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts. 

As the patriarch of the family, Grandpa Ginther enjoyed overseeing four generations. He loved spending time with his family at the holidays, savoring all of his favorite foods. In the earlier years, Junior and Betty would meet Keith and Carolyn Bathrick at Hardees for morning coffee. More recently, they have been members of the McDonald's 8 a.m. morning coffee group. There were many memories made while camping out under the starlit summer skies at Mississinewa Reservoir. 

Left to cherish Junior's memory are his loving wife, Betty; two, daughters Diana and husband Dennis De Marco, Cindy and husband Michael Jernigan; a son, Dan Ginther and wife Karen, of Greenfield; six grandchildren, Kelli Denton and husband Doug, Deke De Marco, Chad Jernigan and wife Dana, Amy Lester and husband David, Christy Waterman and husband Ryan and Darla Beck and husband Deric; 11 great-grandchildren, Drew, Derek, Austin, Adam, Noah, Kaleb, Brady, Brant, Carson, Breanna and Kaitlyn.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; four brothers; and two granddaughters, Candy Jernigan and Jodi Ginther. 

A celebration of the life of Mr. Harry "Junior" Ginther Jr. will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Good Family Funeral Home, Rochester. Chaplain Tom Padberg will officiate.

Friends may visit with his family today from 4-8 p.m. and an hour prior to his service on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the IOOF Cemetery, Rochester. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army Honors Team.

Preferred memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care in Plymouth, or the American Heart Association.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made to his family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Dick Slaybaugh

Diana , sorry about your dad . Not many left in the family . you and Denny take care , love Dick and Teri .

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Article comment by: Donald Slaybaugh

So sorry for your loss , was quite a shock .

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