Auglaize County, Ohio

History and Genealogy

Auglaize County Death Records

Last Name: Katterheinrich

First Name: Melvin L.

Father's Name: Wesley Katterheinrich

Mother's Maiden Name: Flora Settlage

Spouse's Name:

Death Date: May 9, 1956

Cause of Death:

Death Location: Auglaize County OH

Source: St. Marys Evening Leader, May 7, 1956

Additional: Melvin L. Katterheinrich, age 47, Hotel Ft. Barbee, was fatally injured at 10:55 p.m. Saturday in a two car crash east of St. Marys at the intersection of highway 33 with the New Knoxville-Glynnwood Road, three miles east of St. Marys. He died in the Sittler invalid coach as he was being transported to Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. Mr. Katterheinrich was a passenger in a car driven by Bernard Gentry, 45, 1006 East Spring Street, which came onto highway 33 off the New Knoxville- Glynwood Road without stopping, according to the report of the state highway patrol. The Gentry car, northbound, turned left on 33 to proceed west and met headon the east bound car of Donald Fink, 30, R.R.3, Wapakoneta. Katterheinrich was thrown forward against the steering wheel and the gear shiift penetrated his chest. He received a crushed chest and fractured ribs and suffered internal hemmorrhage. Gentry was thrown out of his automobile. He received severe head injuries, lacerations to his head and a bruised right leg. His condition is reported fair today at Memorial hospital. He was brought to the hospital in the Yoder & Long invalid coach. Mr. Fink, his wife, Ruth, 29, their children, Patricia, 7, Jean Marie,4, and Daniel, 1, were all brought in the Yoder & Long invalid coach to Memorial hospital where they were treated and released. A fourth child was not hurt..... Melvin Katterheinrich, victim of the automobile accident, was an experienced brickmason employed with a New Knoxville contractor. He was the son of Wesley Katterheinrich and the late Mrs. Flora Settlage Katterheinrich and was born in Washington township on Nov. 8, 1908. Surviving him are his father and stepmother, Mrs. and Mrs. Wesley Katterheinrich, New Knoxvile, and three sisters, Mrs. Bernard (Frances) Brady, Mrs. Ferd (Jennie) Meckstroth, and Mrs. Clem (Olga) Steinecker, all of New Knoxville, and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Byron Katterheinrich of New Knoxville. There also are a number of nieces and nephews. His brother Byron died suddenly of a heart attack about two years ago. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the New Knoxville Post 444 American Legion and of the Methodist church at New Knoxville. Funeral services for Mr. Katterheinrich will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vornholt Funeral Home, New Bremen, with the Rev. J.R. Wynd officiating. Burial will take place in Pilger Ruhe cemetery at New Knoxville. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the services. The state highway patrol indicated that a charge will be filed against Gentry as the result of the accident.