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Rumaldo Chavarria, Jr. age 84, of Van Wert died at 6:18 PM Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Van Wert Manor surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 28, 1935 in Torrington, Wyoming, to the late Manuela(DeLeon) and Rumaldo Chavarria, Sr. On November 17, 1951 he married Thelma (Ortega)Chavarria, the love of his life and she preceded him in death July, 7, 2013.
He is survived by his children: Mary (Ron) Eix of Van Wert- Michael (Pam) Chavarria of Van Wert- Barbara (George) Deckard of Fort Wayne - David (Cindy) Chavarria of Bluffton, IN- Andrea (Mark) Chavarria-Shaw of Wilmington, OH- Suzanne (Rick) Kreischer of Van Wert- Steven (Vicki) Chavarria of Van Wert- Robert (Rhonda) Chavarria of Van Wert- Julia Chavarria of Columbus, Ohio- sister, Josephine Felger of Syracuse, IN-22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son Rumaldo John Chavarria, Guadalupe Gusman a very special father, 2 grandchildren Bruce Fetzer and Nicholas Mason and 2 great-grandchildren Natalie Deckard and Angel Deckard-Bleich-and siblings Abelina DeLeon, John Chavarria, Cruz Chavarria, Enacio Chavarria, Susie Miller, Manuel Chavarria, and Alice Hoblet.
Rumaldo was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. He was employed as a Pattern Maker by several foundries from 1953 until he retired in 1987 from Pontiac Foundry in Fort Wayne. He was a self taught Master Carpenter and thoroughly enjoyed woodworking. He also enjoyed working on cars. His family and love for them manifested itself throughout the years. Camping, travel, and family activities were at the forefront of his life. Religion also guided him on special trips to holy places such as the Shrine at Carey Ohio.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church with Father Stan Syzbka officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, Sept. 27 at Brickner Funeral Home from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM. at which time the Rosary will be recited.
Preferred Memorials are to St. Judes Hospital and to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.