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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8 posts

Floyd Krieg
Dec 12, 2018
I worked with Chris for many years at Chrysler I was a job-setter in dept.80 and he was over maintenance anything I needed he would try his best to do. We would talk race cars that's when the fun began.When he started racing SRT4 Neons I introduced him to my son Chris he is the best tech/builder on those car and they had a great relationship. The first time he brought his car over in that big rig I think half the kids in Greentown came by the house to look. He sure did like racing those and we sure liked watching him He will be surely missed
Dennis Mason
Dec 09, 2018
Chris and I had great fun chasing each other around the race track for many years. The last time we were together was at the gun range in Gas City a few years ago. Lots of fun making a lot of noise. I found Chris to be welcoming and generous. Going to miss you buddy.
Jim Robertson
Dec 09, 2018
Although I worked a Chrysler Kokomo, I got to know Chris well in the Viper Club events. He was fast in his yellow Viper roadster but did extremely well racing his Neon. His sense of humor was infectious and we had great fun swapping stories about work, racing, and life at the various event. He most certainly is missed. Shared some Chris stories at the Viper Club Christmas Party Saturday. Lots of fond memories.
Dec 08, 2018
I had the pleaseure of taking care of Chris when he started getting sick .I will miss conversation with him, He was always a pleasure to talk to....Sending prayers of peace to family and friends thru the next few days and wks as all of you adjust without him..He is no longer hurting and is now breathing freely. 🙏💖
Pamela Eldridge
Dec 08, 2018
Chris was a much loved member of AA. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Deepest condolences to his family. God bless.
Judy Williams Horvath and Mike Horvath
Dec 06, 2018
Chris was a one in a million man. I graduated with him from High School in Tiffin. He had many friends there that loved him. It was a joy to see him at our class reunions and picnics. Mike really liked getting to know him, too. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Danny Turnpaugh
Dec 06, 2018
I cut his hair in the early 90’s then when I worked at Chrysler he was my supervisor for a while, then I came back to cutting hair and Chris came in occasionally while living in assisted living, I enjoyed talking with him and liked him , R.I.P. Chris. My prayers to the family for your loss.
Richard & Joselyn Renard
Dec 06, 2018
Rest in Peace