Walter E. Kohlenberg

Walter E. Kohlenberg, 86, of Fremont, died Monday, June 10, 2013, at Cleveland Clinic.

He was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Republic, the son of Charles and Ida (Gerstenberger) Kohlenberg. He was a 1945 graduate of Green Springs High School. He married Ruth Eileen Lewis Aug. 19, 1951, at Trinity United Church of Christ, Tiffin, and she preceded him in death Aug. 23, 2005.

Walter was employed as a N.O.B.A. technician and was owner of the Mar-Vo Mineral Co., retiring in 1995, after serving dairy farmers throughout Ohio and Michigan for 33 years. He was a United States Army veteran, a member of United Church of Christ where he held positions of property chairman, church elder, deacon and board chairman, a member of the American Legion, Latecomers Farm Bureau Council and a founding member of Ballville Fire Department.

Surviving are his three children, Debra (Rush) Fielding of Oregon, Kim (Penny) Kohlenberg of Fremont and Lori (Louis) Miller of Kansas; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Susan) Fielding of Dayton, Ky., Robin (Colin) Thalgott of Columbus, Kara Kohlenberg of Chicago, Ill., Kent Kohlenberg of Phoenix, Ariz., Connor Kohlenberg of Fremont, Katie (Jake) Bryant of Risingsun and Emily Miller of Kansas; four great-grandchildren, Rocco and Ruby Fielding, Reid Thalgott and Trevor Bryant; and special friend, Pat Charles of Fremont.

He also was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings, Louis, Ray, Melvin and Clifford Kohlenberg, Mildred Wise and Iva Grace Barber.

Visitation will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at First United Church of Christ, 1500 Tiffin Road, Fremont.

His funeral will follow visitation with Pastor Elaine Bast and Nancy Smith officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Church of Christ, 1500 Tiffin Road, Fremont, OH, or The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, P.O. Box 931517, Cleveland, OH 44193-1655.

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Keller-Ochs-Koch-Mason Funeral & Cremation Service, 416 S. Arch St., Fremont, OH 43420, (419) 332-8288, was entrusted with the privilege of serving Walter’s family.