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Paul E. Trihaft
Paul E. TrihaftCrossPaul E. Trihaft, age 75, of LaRue, died Friday October 26, 2012 at 8:02 PM at Heartland of Marion.  He was born July 17, 1937 in Marion, Ohio to the late William H. and Velma F. (Clunk) Trihaft.  On November 27, 1960 He married Rachel E. Sappington at the Meeker United Methodist Church and she survives. Paul graduated from LaRue High School in 1955.

Paul was a grain and livestock farmer all his life. He also served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years.

He is survived by in  addition to his wife, daughters Gwyn (Steve) McKinniss, Susan (Doug) Wenig, and a son David (Kim) Trihaft. Seven Grandchildren, Thomas and Benjamin McKinniss, Sara (Chad) Grote, Kevin Wenig, William, Andrew and Bethany Trihaft. Sister Elizabeth (Chester) Kurtz of Bellefontaine, brother in law Clyde Sappington of Marion, sister in law Lucille (George) Copus of Marion and Nieces and nephews.

Paul was active in his community. He was a lifetime member of the LaRue United Methodist Church of which he served on numerous committees and was a member of their Chancel Choir. He also sang with a quartet for many years that was known at the Methotones. Paul was past president of both the Marion Landmark Board and Marion County Farm Bureau, and served as director and treasurer of the Marion  County Agricultural Society for many years. Member of the Wildcat Pikers Farm Bureau Council for 40 years. Paul served as Trustee for the Marion Rural Electric Cooperative from 1977 to 2011. He was president of the local board and helped with the merger of the Kenton and Marion Cooperatives which is now Mid Ohio Energy. Paul also served on the board of the Ohio Rural Electric and served as its Chairman for two years.

Funeral Services will be held  Wednesday October 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM at the LaRue United Methodist Church. Minister will be the Rev. Edward W. Fugate. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue from 2 to 8 PM on Tuesday.

Those who wish may make contribution to either the Memorial Fund of the LaRue United Methodist Church or Marion Family YMCA Parkinson Disease Program.

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#3 from: Marsha K Harmon
La Rue, OH
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM

To the Trihaft family,  So sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Marsha K Harmon

#4 from: Stephanie Hutchings
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Susan,  So sorry for your loss.   My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

#5 from: Gary Mauk
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I wish to give my condolence to the Trihaft family.I knew Paul omly a short time as a patient and through the family, but I could sense he was a man of fine character and full of kindness.I know I am a better person for knowing Paul,as I try to incorporate the best Qualities of those I meet.

#6 from: Gary & Minerva Wenig
Dublin, Ohio
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Psalm 116:15 "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints"
May God comfort the entire Trihaft family with His peace during this special event.

We love you.

#7 from: Debbie (Fields) Scoby
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember him singing at church. He always had a smile on his face. My prayers to all of you.

#8 from: Jack & Laura Williams & Families
Newport, WA
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Jack and I were so very sorry to hear of Paul's passing.  We've been away from the LaRue community for many years, but each time we come "home" we have fond memories of the years we spent there and the caring neighbors that make LaRue the community it is. Rachel, embrace the many joyous memories of the time you shared with Paul and your family.  We sincerely hope those memories bring you peace.  

Our deepest condolences...

Jack & Laura Williams and Families

#9 from: Sonia Davis Combs
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 10:02 PM

My Prayers and thoughts are with you Rachel, Gwyn, Susan and David.   Paul was a large part of the LaRue community.  He will be dearly missed.     Sonia

#10 from: Al & Mary Haberman
Batesville, MS
Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

Please accept our condolences.

#11 from: Marke & Denise Lyon
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Deepest sympathies on Paul's passing. He will be missed - our thoughts & prayers are with you. God Bless
Marke & Denise Lyon

#12 from: Dwight & Becky Murphy
Edison Ohio
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to the Trihaft Family for their loss.
Paul was was a very dedicated man not only to his family but to the community as well. He will be missed by many
Dwight & Becky Murphy

#13 from: Tanyce Addison
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.  
Tanyce and Frank Addison

#14 from: Kendra Parks McElroy
Delaware, Ohio
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 8:38 AM


I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing.  I think of you often and send love to you and your family during this most difficult time.

#15 from: Warren & Lee Ann Kohler
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Steve, Gwyn, & boys,r
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We lost Warren's Dad on Thursday so I know what you're going thru. You're in our thoughts & prayers.

#16 from: Ralph and Mary Lee
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Just wanted all the family to know that we are thinking about at this difficult time.  Our prayers are with you.

#17 from: Barbara Cronin
Bradenton, FL
Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Dear Rachel and family,
I am sorry to hear of Paul's death.  He will be greatly missed by the Class of '55 members.  I'm glad I was able to attend our "reunion" in June at the Plaza and remember enjoying my chat with Paul.
My prayers and love go out to your entire family.

#18 from: jim lucas
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:10 AM

dear Mrs trihaft and family,I'm sorry to hear of your loss.i know that Paul was a very good man, and that he walks with god now. dad always spoke very highly of Paul,and i know if he impressed my father, that he had to be the top of the heap,because dad always was!!!
sincerely yours Jim Lucas

#19 from: Donald McInnes
Cape Cod, MA
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Rachel, Your strength in the last few years taking care of my beloved cousin Paul will serve as an inspiration to everyone. In my personal experience you will find the love of your kids, their families and your friends will give you the strength to move forward with life and just focus on the wonderful life you and Paul had together.

I am so sorry I cannot be there in LaRue on Wednesday. Please know that I will be there in spirit thinking of my wonderful memories of growing up with Paul. Carol and I both send our love to you and your family. Don McInnes

#20 from: Tim Studer
Larue, Ohio
Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 1:35 PM

When we learned  of  Pauls  passing  it  was  so  sad. He once  sat  behind  me  at  a  football  game  and  tapped  me  on  my  shirt  and  said,"Zach  sure  can  run  fast".we  sat  back  and  laughed. Heaven now  has  a  great  farmer  !!!!!!!!!

#21 from: Brian Greene family
La Rue, Ohio
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 4:16 AM

The La Rue community lost a dear friend, and humble man this week, in Paul Trihaft. Paul was probably the most gentle and most humble man I have ever met. A truly noble man, committed father and husband, leader in his community - he leaves behind a lineage that will be shaped for generations by his pure, quiet, humble spirit.
Rest in peace, dear friend. May you find your rest in the care of the perfect Lamb of God.

#22 from: Maripat LeVally
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Im so sorry for your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

#23 from: David Clunk
Lakeland Florida
Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Dear Rachel, Elizabeth, Gwyn, Susan, David and family.
Wish I could have been there to pay my respect but please know I'm thinking of you all. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

#24 from: Shelly J. Williams
Fri, Nov 2, 2012 at 8:56 PM

My condolences on your loss.  Thoughts and prayers to your families.

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