Paul Christian Bame

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Paul Christian Bame

May 22, 1940 - December 03, 2018

Paul Christian Bame Paul Christian "Chris" Bame was born May 22, 1940, in Dayton, Ohio, to Karl Rolland and Evelyn Louise Bame. He passed away on Dec. 3, 2018.
He was twice married and divorced, and is survived by an ex-wife, the former Ann E. Gilsdorf. He is also survived by one son, Karl R. Bame II, Ohio; and one daughter, Lauren J. Newton of Kokomo. He is survived by four grandsons, Karl R. Bame III, Paul Christian Bame II, both of Ohio, and Drew Anthony Newton and Brock Eric Newton, both of Kokomo.
Chris was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Tom, sister Judy, and daughter Catherine Alice Bame.
He spent the World War II years with his mother and brother Tom in the home of his grandparents, S.R. and Clara Bame in Carey, Ohio.
He had lived and attended school in Carey and Tiffin, Ohio. He had been a Boy Ranger in Tiffin, and was active in scouting, having attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He graduated from Columbian High School in Tiffin.
He attended Heidelberg College, Xavier University, Terra Technical College, Purdue University, Ball State University, Indiana Wesleyan and Indiana University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and earned associate and bachelor's degrees at Indiana University. Heidelberg College was always his alma mater, where he is currenty an excelsior and fellow of the college.
He was a life member of the Elks Lodge #94 in Tiffin. He was raised in Tiffin Lodge F&AM, and had been a Past High Priest of Seneca Chapter #42 R.A.M., a Past Most Excellent Master of Clinton Council #47 R. & S.M. He had been Generalissimo of DeMolay Commandery #9 Knights Templar. He was also a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Valley of Toledo A.A.S.R., and was formerly a Shriner.
He began to participate in sanctioned auto racing in his 50's, racing with Viper Challenge Series for several years with national ranking in various classes, and had been Eastern Division and National Champion in 2002 and 2004 in the Neon Challenge Series. He had participated in several "One Lap of America" events in the late 1990s.
He had worked as a funeral director and embalmer, as a building contractor, a service station operator, and as a cemetery manager. He had worked as a millwright at the old Hayes Albion plant, Millington Plastics, and other industries in Ohio and Indiana. Since 1977, he had worked for the Chrysler Corporation as a millwright at the old Fostoria Foundry, the Kokomo Casting Plant, and at the Kokomo Transmission Plant. Since 1984, he was a skilled trades supervisor at the Transmission Plant, and finished his working days at Chrysler as the midnight shift electrical and millwright shop supervisor.
He hoped to be remembered foldly and with laughter by his friends and family. If he had any enemies he planned to out live them all.
Published on December 5, 2018
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