Harold J. Weygandt, 82, of Wooster, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Majora Lane Care Center, Millersburg.
He was born July 13, 1930, in Wayne County, the son of O.L. and Edith (Webner) Weygandt. He married Marilyn R. Keener Oct. 24, 1954, and she survives.
Harold was a 1948 graduate of Chester High School where he was a letterman in both basketball and baseball. He was a dairy farmer for many years and enjoyed exhibiting Brown Swiss cows at local, state and national fairs. He then worked as an Inspector for ODOT, retiring in 2000 after 19 years. Harold was an active member of Emanuel Old Stone Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, elder and deacon.
He was a member of the Northwestern Ruritans, the Ohio Brown Swiss Association, Farm Bureau Council and Wayne County Democratic Party, which allowed him to proudly host the family of Jimmy Carter at his farm during the '76 presidential campaign. He had been involved in the Ohio Young Farmers, the Northwestern Athletic Boosters, the Northwestern Music Boosters and coached youth softball. Harold passionately followed his children's and grandchildren's sporting events, enjoyed working outside and barbequing chicken over a wood fire for family gatherings.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his six children, Thomas (Elaine) Weygandt of Wooster, Joy Weygandt of Columbus, Linda (Ken) Bowers of Tiffin, Amy (Gary) Nuhfer of Willard, David Weygandt of Gahanna and Carrie (Andy) Becker of Wooster; his exchange-student daughter, Maria Maia of Brazil; 14 grandchildren, Matt (Melissa) Weygandt, Michelle (Dan) Kliner, Ezekiel, Jacob, Cleo, Margaret and Kristan Bowers, Jason (Brandy) Nuhfer, Colby (Jessica Garcia) Nuhfer, Brock (Tiffany McKinney) Nuhfer, Austin Weygandt and Avery, Drew and Paige Becker; six great-grandchildren, Michael and Madeline Weygandt, Kaleb, Kourtney and Kolton Kliner and Gracie Nuhfer; two brothers, James (Susie) Weygandt of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., and Dale (Nancy) Weygandt of Medina; along with many brothers-in-law, sisters-in law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Richard Weygandt in 1962; and a brother, Alfred Weygandt.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. today, Jan. 11, 2013, at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster, OH 44691, (330) 262-7771.
Services will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Emanuel Old Stone Church, 6000 Congress Road, Wooster, with the Rev. Dan Bartkowiak officiating. Interment will follow at Fairhaven Cemetery, West Salem.
Contributions may be made to the Emanuel Old Stone Church, 6000 Congress Road, Wooster, OH 44691.