Vern R. Elchert, 71, of New Riegel, passed away Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at his home.
He was born Feb. 22, 1943, in New Riegel, to Louis E. and Irene B. (Schalk) Elchert. He married Donna Gillig May 18, 1963, at All Saints Catholic Church St. Peter Chapel, Alvada.
Survivors include his wife, Donna of New Riegel; son, Dave (Lori Ritzler) Elchert of New Riegel; daughter, Tonya (Scott) Hohman of Alvada; seven brothers, Alton "Maverick" (Joanne) Elchert, Ron (Judy) Elchert and Larry (Donna) Elchert, all of Tiffin, Wilbur Elchert and Glenn (Sharon) Elchert, both of Fostoria, and Russell (Ann) Elchert and Howard (Maryann) Elchert, both of New Riegel; five sisters, Anita (Joseph) Marovich of Howell, New Jersey, Dalene (George) Reinhart of Holland, Carole (Phil) Elchert-Sugden of Findlay, Florence (Robert) Funk of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Theresa (William) Allen of Forest; six grandchildren, Morgan Gonya, Brittany Hess and Andrew, Emily, Christen and Brody Hohman; and four great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Nautica, Kristina and Paul Jr.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Rodney Elchert in 1987 and an infant son; two brothers, Norman and Duane Elchert; and a sister-in-law, Jean Elchert.
Vern graduated in 1961 from New Riegel High School, was a member of All Saints Parish, New Riegel, and retired in 1993 after 31 years from Atlas Crankshaft, Fostoria. For 28 years, he was a member of UAW Local 336, where he held many positions, was a Big Springs Township trustee for 10 years, a volunteer firefighter for 50 years, volunteered at local soup kitchens in Fostoria and Tiffin and was a member of the New Riegel Moose No. 872.
Vern enjoyed playing euchre, doing yard work, watching his grandkids play sports and going to breakfast with his friends at Fostoria Cafe. He also enjoyed traveling on day trips, but loved being at home.
His Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014, at All Saints Parish, New Riegel, with the Rev. Timothy Kummerer officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow at St. Boniface Cemetery, New Riegel.
Friends may visit with the family 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Riegel NBS Fire District or All Saints Parish, New Riegel.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.