Leo J. Karcher

Leo J. Karcher, 91, formerly of rural Upper Sandusky, died at 1:15 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at The Inn at Westbrook, Upper Sandusky.

He was born Aug. 18, 1922, near Carey, the son of the late Leo A. and Anna (Kuntz) Karcher. He married Beatrice M. Newell Oct. 26, 1943, and she preceded him in death July 3, 2005.

Surviving are his six children, Kenneth (Diane) Karcher of Galion, David (Linda) Karcher of Carey, Sara (Carlyle) Smith of Mt. Gilead, Anne (Giles) Karcher-Molyet of Fremont, L. Kevin (Barb) Karcher and Laura (Thomas) Toland, both of Upper Sandusky; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank (Luci) Karcher of Brea, Calif.; and three sisters-in-law, Dolly Karcher of Newport Beach, Calif., Joan Karcher of Anaheim, Calif., and Iona Newell of Oklahoma City, Okla.

Preceding him in death were his parents and six siblings, Pauline Smalley and Ralph, Carl, Albert, Bernard and Donald Karcher.

Leo was a lifelong Wyandot and Hancock County farmer. He was a member of Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1925, both in Carey. In his early years, he was a 4-H adviser in Hancock County.

Leo spent many hours cheering on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren during their many school and sporting events and other activities. He also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, driving his Gator and family gatherings.

Family and friends will be received 3-8 p.m., Thursday, April 3, 2014, at Stombuaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey, (419) 396-7520, where a scripture service will begin at 8 p.m.

His Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, with the Rev. John Stowe OFM Conv. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carey.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Lady of Consolation School or Dorcas Carey Public Library in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be sent to www.stombaughbatton.com.