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Theo Rowland McElheny Sr.
Theo Rowland McElheny Sr.MarinesTheo Rowland McElheny Sr 96 of Marion formerly of LaRue, died Thursday July 7, 2016 at the Marion General Hospital

He was born June 30, 1920 in Hardin County to the late Theodore M. and Cleda (Rowland) McElheny, he was also predeceased by one daughter: Susan K. McElheny

Rowland was a retired farmer, veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in the Pacific on the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Okinawa and on mainland Japan in Nagasaki during WW II. He was longtime member of the LaRue United Methodist Church, LaRue Lodge #463 F & A M, Phillipi-Clement American Legion Post #101, where he was very active as former commander and sergeant of arms leading the memorial day activities and the funeral detail for many years. He was an avid reader, he enjoyed newspapers and anything to do with history

On April 15,1941 he married Kathryn F. (Wood) McElheny and she survives, also surviving is one son: Theo Rowland (Susan) McElheny II of LaRue, grandchildren: Shawn A. (Mark Goochey) McElheny, Brenna Colleen (Doug Shepherd) McElheny, Katrina M. Thomas and Bridget (Troy) Wiseman, eight great grandchildren and one great great grandson, one sister: Eileen Ford of Bowling Green and a niece and nephew

Funeral services will be held Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, Pastor Mike Raypholtz will officiate, burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery, where there will be Military Honors conducted by the Marion County United Veterans Council, friends may call Monday from 4-6 pm at the funeral home in LaRue, where there will be masonic services at 6:00 pm

Memorial gifts may be made to the LaRue United Methodist Church at PO Box 327 LaRue, Ohio 43332 and or the Phillipi-Clement American Legion Post #101 c/o Larry Knapp 1537 Center Park Dr. Marion, Ohio 43302

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#1 from: Carol Bessemer
Akron, OH
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 2:02 PM

So sorry about your Dad's death.  He was such a nice man. It was fun visiting with him years ago when I lived in the area. Prayers to you all.

#2 from: Patti Watson
Maumee OH
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 2:49 PM

So sorry for your loss, thinking of you all.  He was a very dear man.  

#3 from: Lauren & Jeanie Park
LaRue, Ohio
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 5:25 PM

We continue to greatly respect the memory of Rowland McElenhy Sr. as strong role model, of faith, friendship and loyalty to his his family, his country and friends. Heaven has certainly received a good solider! He's example of strength, love and loyalty will be missed by many on this side of heaven. We extend our love, sympathy and prayers to all of his family! May God bring peace & comfort as only he can!

#4 from: Paul and Betty Sager
Williamsburg, Va
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 6:17 PM

We are very sorry to hear that Rowland is gone. He was a very good friend.

#5 from: Bill and Beth Parish
Richwood Ohio
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 at 9:16 PM

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing, but how fortunate and blessed you are to have witnessed his long life.  Hugs and Prayers

Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 7:06 AM


#7 from: Madge (Hicks) James
Davenport, Iowa
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 2:16 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.

#8 from: Christie Henderson Hunter
Richwood, Oh
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 at 2:34 PM

Your family is in my heart and in my prayers.

#9 from: Al & Mary Haberman
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences.

#10 from: Linda (Rowland) and Jim Straub
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 11:53 PM

Our sympathy to Kate and all the family. I (Linda) have many great memories of family get togethers either in Freeport or LaRue. Dad was Cleda's baby brother, so there was quite an age gap between us cousins. I always looked up to him as a hard working man, and appreciated that he liked to tell stories like my Dad (Pete). May he rest in peace.

#11 from: Kevin & Kara (Yancey) Swiney
Port St Joe, FL
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 6:55 PM

Kate, please know that you and your family have been in our thoughts and uplifted in our prayers; not only from us, but our church family as well. We are praying that God would  continue to encompass you all with His peace in the days to come.
Much love & tight hugs!

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