NORTH LIMA – Donald ‘Gene’ Bregar, 88, of North Lima, passed away at his home Sunday evening, May 18, surrounded by family.
Gene was born on September 30, 1925 in Youngstown, a son of John and Grace May (Wilhelm) Bregar. He graduated from North Lima High School in 1943, and immediately enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He attained the rank of Corporal while serving in the South Pacific during World War II.
He married the former Joan Smith August 28, 1948 and was a member of Mt. Olivet United Church of Christ. He worked as a service manager at James A. Henderson Chevrolet in Youngstown for 20 years, at Mesmer Coal Co. as a driver, for the Beaver Township Road Crew for five years, and would retire in 1989 after 20 years as service manager at Columbiana Chevrolet Motor Company.
Gene was proud to be a veteran, and was a member of the American Legion Post 290 in Columbiana and the VFW Post 2799 in New Springfield. He was also a volunteer for the Beaver Township Fire Department for 26 years.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory Joan, his wife of 65 years; his two daughters, Linda Toy and her husband Eugene of Canfield, and Diann White-Soltis and her husband Terry of North Lima; his son Larry Bregar and his wife Gerri of Lisbon; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren with one on the way; and a brother Dick Bregar and his wife Thelma of New Middletown.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, grandchild Howard Bieber, sister Margaret ‘Peg’ Burkey, brother Carl Bregar, and son-in-law Glenn White.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 22 at noon at Mount Olivet UCC, 410 West South Range Road, North Lima with the Rev. Melinda Quellhorst officiating.
The family will receive friends on Thursday May 22 from 10 am – noon at Mount Olivet UCC, 410 West South Range Road, North Lima, OH 44452.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in Gene’s memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
The Seederly-Mong & Beck Funeral Home in North Lima has been entrusted with the arrangements.
Family and friends are invited to visit www.seederly-mongandbeck.com to sign the guestbook or send private condolences.