Harry Ohl

April 5, 2008
The Advertiser-Tribune
Harry “Punk” R. Ohl, 90, a lovingly ornery son, brother, sailor, husband, father, carpenter, friend, grandfather and great-grandfather, of Attica, died at 11:25 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2008, at Hillside Acres in Willard.

He was born Oct. 17, 1917, in Attica to Alvin (Smith) and Dolly (Reed) Ohl.

Harry served on various ships including four-stacker, destroyers, the battleship USS New Mexico and the submarine tender USS Sperry in the Asiatic fleet before and during World War II. His ports of call included Alaska, Hawaii, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Australia, Midway and the Marshal Islands. He left the service in 1945 after nine years as a chief machinist mate.

Harry then became a carpenter, belonging to Local 243, and worked for various contractors including Whiteman Brothers. He retired from the State Department of Transportation in 1976, and continued work for Local 735 until his final retirement.

Punk was a graduate of Attica High School, class of 1935. He was a member of the 1933 state track championship team, Carpenter Local 735, Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion and the USS Sperry AS-12 Association.

Harry married Esther Marie Heydinger of New Washington June 4, 1942, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Oakland, Calif. Harry joins his wife, who passed away Monday, March 31, 2008.

Punk is survived by one son, Tom Ohl of Littleton, Colo.; four daughters, Dr. M.L. Leland (James Weaver) of Alturas, Calif., Becky (Larry) Reid of Newark, Phoebe (James Cox) Ohl of Cape Coral, Fla., and Priscilla Ohl of Albuquerque, N.M.; five grandchildren, Nicole DeMoss of San Clemente, Calif., Alison Reid of Cincinnati, Amy Ohl of Fort Collins, Colo., and Devin and McKenzie Reid of Newark; two great-grandchildren, Rusty and Phoebe DeMoss; a sister, Joann Flanery of Dayton; and a brother, Jack Ohl of Columbus, Ind. Harry instilled the values of hard work and honesty in all his children, who are grateful to him.

He also was preceded in death by four sisters, Joyce, Mary, Eileen and Eva Lucille; and five brothers, Bill, Marion, Virgil, Kenneth and Richard Ohl.

Mass of Christian burial is 11 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2008, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with the Rev. Paul A. Fahrbach officiating. Burial is at Omar Chapel Cemetery.

Friends may call 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2008, at Lindsey-Foos-Kocher Funeral Service, 5 W. Tiffin St., Attica.

Online condolences may be made at www.lindseykocher.com .

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House of New York Inc., 405 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021 in the name of Punk’s grandson, Devin Reid, currently in residence.

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