Urban A. Arbogast of Republic, died at 12:35 p.m. Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence, the day following the celebration of his 87th birthday.
Urban was born March 20, 1926, in Seneca County, to Charles A. and Loretta (Reinhart) Arbogast. He was a 1943 graduate of McCutchenville High School. He married Dorothy Daniel Oct. 16, 1948, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, and she survives.
Urban also is survived by 12 daughters, Virginia (David) Robinson of Bellevue, Alice Mugrage of Groveport, Pauline Fey of Willard, Helen (Jim) Lemmermen and Susi Robison, both of Tiffin, Doris (Bruce) Lambert of Republic, Angela (Dennis) Roush of Tiffin, Janice (Ken) Miller of Bellevue, Patricia Tolbert of Dublin, June (Don) Eveland of Colorado Springs, Colo., Linda (Chris) Barger of Tiffin and Betty (Jim) Bassett of Sylvania; 31 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Lawrence (Marion) Arbogast of Marysville, Marion Arbogast of McComb, Harlan (Rosemary) Arbogast of Tiffin, Lester (Eloise) Arbogast of Carey and Louis Arbogast of Fostoria; and two sisters, Marguerite (Eugene) Boes of Alvada and Rita Mae (Robert) Kelbley of New Riegel.
Urban became an ordained deacon in 1992. He was a lifelong farmer, running a dairy operation until 1977. He continued to farm and retired from farming in 2006. Urban was a Scipio Township trustee for 21 years and a farm service agent for 16 years.
Urban was a member of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Republic American Legion Post 404, and a life member of Green Springs VFW. He was a member of the Republic Historical Society and served as treasurer. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus St. Aloysius Council 11287. He was a 4th degree of the Archbishop Schrembs Assembly 810 and a past board member of Farm Bureau.
Urban served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European theater. He had a passion for farming and for his loving wife of 64 years. His proudest accomplishment was his 12 daughters. He loved to celebrate and looked for any opportunity, but especially his birthday. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and young people in general. He looked for opportunities to share his life experiences, including his military service. He had great love for his country.
Urban was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Arbogast; and three brothers, Eugene, Paul and infant brother, Joseph Arbogast.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Attica, with Bishop Leonard P. Blair presiding and concelebrant Father Paul A. Fahrbach officiating.
There will be a wake service at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Lindsey Olds Funeral Home, Bloomville.
Visitation will be 1-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and also 9-10 a.m. Monday at the church.
Burial will be 2 p.m. Monday at Seneca Memory Gardens, Tiffin, with military rites rendered by Republic American Legion Post 404.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Fremont Heartland Hospice, Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Attica, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.