LaVerne J. Reichert, age 85, of Lewistown, Ohio passed away Friday morning, January 24, 2020, at Briarwood Village in Coldwater, Ohio.
Vern was born in St. Henry, Ohio November 13, 1934, to the late Joseph and Loretta (Spoltman) Reichert. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Brian Woodruff and two sisters, Mary Ann Schwieterman and Ruth Stelzer.
Vern married Edna Meier February 23, 1957, in Maria Stein, Ohio and she survives in Coldwater. He is also survived by their children, Mike (Brenda) Reichert, Jane (Tom) Kozman, Dan (Theresa) Reichert, Ann (Roderick) Clark, Joe (Judy) Reichert, and Becky (Jim) Hempker; grandchildren, Lauren (Nick) Seger, Isaac Reichert, Adam Reichert, Gabe Reichert, Christopher Kozman, Leanne (Trevor) Spring, Leslie Reichert, Ivan Reichert, Nathan Reichert, Ethan Woodruff, Amy (Jason) Grunden, Jay (Caroline) Clark, Jenna Reichert, Jack Reichert, Julia Reichert, Elise Hempker, Matthew Hempker and Great-grandchildren: Ava Seger, Conrad Seger, Cora Seger, Ezra Spring, Abram Grunden, Andersyn Grunden, Theodore Grunden and Georgianna Clark; a brother, Ken (Elaine) Reichert of St. Henry; a sister, Joan (Phil) Rengers of Chickasaw; two brothers-in-law, Ivo Schwieterman and John Stelzer, both of Coldwater and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Vern retired from Super Foods in 1997 after thirty two years. He was a member of the St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Russells Point, Ohio. Vern started and was owner/operator of Reichert Farm Drainage from 1972-1986. Vern was the man responsible for the initiation of the large wooden home-made signs that supported many area athletic teams who were participating in STATE tournaments. He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed working in his wood shop. He donated many items to area churches and liked to make gifts for family and friends for special occasions. He built a rocking horse for each of his children’s kids. He also enjoyed farming, sports, travel and family. Vern served his country in the Army National Guard during peace time.
Friends may call at the Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in Jackson Center, Ohio Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, January 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Russells Point with Fr. Shawn Landenwitch officiating.
Burial will be at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery in Botkins, Ohio at 2 p.m.