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Gerald V. Kreischer, 84, of rural Ohio City, died at 9:00 AM Thursday, May 3, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Van Wert Co. December 8, 1933, the son of Lawrence C. and Edith .R. (McClure) Kreischer. On Dec. 8, 1957, he married the former Dixie L. Butler who survives at the family home.
He is also survived by a son, Chris V. Kreischer, of rural Ohio City; daughter Cynthia L. (Clair II) Harting of Convoy; grandchildren Tyler J. (Sheila Collins) Kreischer of Van Wert, Dane 'Drew' (Tori Metzger) Kreischer, Convoy and stationed in Georgia with the US Army, C.W. (Allison) Harting, Convoy, Cody (Stacey) Harting, Fort Wayne, Colin (Halie) Harting of Convoy, Camile (Clint) Myers, Van Wert: great grandchildren Jack Kreischer, Liam,Oliver, Vaughn, Waylin, Kenlie, Rhett,and Elijah Harting, Ellie Myers: brothers his twin Harold (Sherry) Kreischer of Ohio City,:Ronnie (Linda) Kreischer of Lexington, Ohio, sisters Marcile Pennell of Ada, Ohio, Audrey ((Bill) Campbell of California; brother-in-law Alva J. "Bub" (Sandy) Butler, Ft. Wayne, sister-in-law Bonnie (Tom) Tindall, Ft. Wayne, and many nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and great-nieces and his companion dog "Babe",
He was preceded in death by brothers Gaylord, Ralph,Robert, Floyd, Larry, Max and Jimmie Kreischer, sister Barbara Bashore.
Gerald led a very productive and active life. He is a member of Oneco United Methodist Church in Bradenton. Florida. He is a member of the 1951 graduating class of Van Wert High School and also received a degree in tool design from Midwestern College in Ft. Wayne. He proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army and is a member of American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert. He had been employed by the United States Railway Mail Service and retired from Chrysler Amplex in Van Wert. After retirement he became a businessman owning Fairview Laundrymat in Van Wert and B and K Carwash in Van Wert and St. Mary's. Gerald and Dixie had wintered 24 years in Florida and one of his greatest pleasures was singing in the Golf Lakes Men's Singing Group. He was an avid bowler and golfer and loved spending time with his family, especially the grand and great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be conducted Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Brickner Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery with Military Graveside Rites performed by the Honors Unit of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803.
Friends may call at Brickner Funeral Home Tuesday, May 8, from 2 - 8 and on Wednesday 1 hour prior to services.
Preferred Memorials are to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 3745 Shawnee Road, Suite 108, Lima, Ohio 45806 or to Van Wert American Legion post 178.