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Theo Rowland McElheny Jr.
Theo Rowland McElheny Jr.MasonryTheo Rowland McElheny Jr. 77, of LaRue, passed away peacefully at his home with family and a close friend by his side on Saturday February 1, 2020 after a short 3-month battle with esophageal/liver cancer.

He was born March 1, 1942 in Kenton to the late Kathryn (Wood) and Rowland McElheny Sr., he was also preceded in death by his sister, Susan K. McElheny.

Rowlie graduated from the LaRue High School in 1960 and then the Ohio Northern University with a degree in Education in 1965.

He was a teacher at Madison South in Mansfield and Upper Scioto Valley in McGuffey.
Rowlie sold fertilizer for Mobil Oil in Rossburg until their closing, then worked for Plant Life in Marion before going to ADI in Carmel, Indiana.
He then went to work at Whirlpool Corp where he retired in 2004.

Rowlie enjoyed farming, raising beef cattle, gardening, woodworking, draft horses, crossword puzzles, recycling, collecting antiques and being gourmet Grandpa, making appetizers and desserts.

Most of all he enjoyed his three girls and their families.

He was a member of the LaRue Masonic Lodge #463 and LaRue Alumni. He enjoyed shopping for the community Christmas baskets in LaRue by hunting bargains through the year that provide for families in need at Christmas.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Susan (O’Hara) McElheny, they were married August 21, 1965 in Green Camp, along with their three daughters, Shawn (Mark Goochey) McElheny of Littleton, CO.,
Brenna Colleen (Doug Shepherd) McElheny of Prospect and Bridget (Troy) Wiseman of Kenton.
Five grandchildren, Darby McElheny, Luke(Megan)Shepherd, Zach, Alanna and McKenna Wiseman
Many cousins, nieces, nephews and his special 16lb cat, Bob.

Funeral services will be held Thursday February 6, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in LaRue, Pastor Mike Raypholtz will officiate, burial will follow in the LaRue Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7 pm at the funeral home in LaRue, followed by a Masonic Service at 7:00 pm.

Memorial gifts may be made to the LaRue United Methodist Church Christmas Basket Fund, P.O. Box 327 LaRue, OH 43332

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballinger.com

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#1 from: Bill and Beth Parish
Su City Center Florida
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 2:52 PM

Sue and Families, no words can adequately express our sorrow.  Please know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.  We love you.

#2 from: Dean and Micky Ridgway
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 2:59 PM

To the McElheny Family-
Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

#3 from: Stacey Coder
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 3:37 PM

So sorry to read. I worked with Mac at Whirlpool and enjoyed our conversations about antiques and a million other things. What a nice guy. My sympathy to his family.

#4 from: Marke & Denise Lyon
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 3:37 PM

Dear Susan, Shawn, Colleen, Bridget & families,

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are  with during this sad time.
God Bless,
Marke & Denise Lyon

#5 from: Jeff & Suzy Wall
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 4:02 PM

To the McElheny. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

#6 from: Brenda Boyd
3655 Colonial Dr. Hilliard, Oh 43026
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 4:29 PM

My heart is breaking for you all.  I know all your friends will be praying for you in the days  & weeks ahead.  I pray you will feel God’s presence & peace as you say goodbye to Rowlie!  He will missed by many but his smile & sense of humor will live on in our hearts.  My deepest sympathies & most heartfelt prayers for you all in your loss.  Brenda

#7 from: Pam & Joe Harkless
609 Hwy 466 Lady Lake Florida
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 4:30 PM

So sorry for your loss. May God give you strength during this time. Prayers for you and your family.

#8 from: Christie Henderson Hunter
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 4:39 PM

My heart and prayers are with you cuz, and your girls ...All my love

Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 5:51 PM


#10 from: Pat Wood
Upper Sandusky
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 6:31 PM

The family and the community has lost a special person.

Sue and kids, I pray god will give you comfort.

Love you all
Pat and ron

#11 from: Amy Boyd
Columbus, Ohio
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 7:55 PM

Sue, Shawn, Colleen, Bridget and family:
Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.  I'm thinking about you and praying for you all.  Your dad was a man who always made me laugh with his orneriness!  I loved that about him.  I know he loved you all and he will be missed.  

I'm sorry I won't be able to be there to give you hugs in person but please know I'm wrapping my love around you all.  

#12 from: Barb Holcomb-Daily
La Rue
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 8:40 PM

One amazing man. He will be missed. Sorry for you loss.

#13 from: Valerie Parish Hooper
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 8:44 PM

Sending you all love and prayers.

#14 from: Jerry & Karen Sigler
Onsted, MI
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 9:01 PM

Sue, r
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters. Please know our hearts ache for you! May God grant you peace and understanding over the next few days! r
Our love remains with you!

#15 from: Jim Frank
Sun, Feb 2, 2020 at 11:06 PM

Big Mac was very good friend of mine over many yrs of great times with him I will miss him but what he got dealt with he's in much better place now RIP PL BUDDY

#16 from: Melissa McKinniss
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 6:23 AM

I am so sorry to see this. You are all in my thoughts.

#17 from: Linda and Steve price
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 8:42 AM

Sorry for your loss, we lost good neighbor

#18 from: Mary Y. Lee
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 9:08 AM

So sorry to hear of Rollie's passing.  He lived life to it's fullest always the same outgoing and caring personality.  He and Sue were great neighbors. His passing will leave a huge void. Take care of your selves.

#19 from: Jennifer (Hicks) Thompson
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 10:49 AM

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. McElheny. Saying prayers for comfort during this difficult time.  Jennifer

#20 from: Jack and Tami Dean
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 5:52 PM

Sorry for your loss.    
You will be in our prayers.

#21 from: Dan and Judy Kirkpatrick
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 8:59 PM

Sue,  Colleen and family. So very sorry for your loss. Hugs, love and prayers 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

#22 from: Jack  Williams
Whidbey Island wa.
Mon, Feb 3, 2020 at 11:25 PM

Susan you do not know me but my condolence to you and your family.I went to school in LaRue class of 1961 with his sister Susan.My brother Merrill went to school with Rowland class of 1960. We grew up knowing Susan and Rowlands parents and I worked at Whirlpool with Kate.Many years have past and we both have lost dear ones. My prayers are with you.

#23 from: Sharon Bosley
Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 7:49 AM

Suzie and family:
So sorry to hear about Rowlie.  I will miss our encounters at Krogers in Kenton.  My prayers are with you and the girls.  You and Rowlie's friendship has been a blessing.  He will be missed.  Take care Suzie.  

#24 from: Shana Marvin
Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 1:25 PM

So very sorry, I really enjoyed meeting him and his family, prayers for the family.

Shana from OHHC homehealth

#25 from: Mike Dutton
Welaka, FL
Wed, Feb 5, 2020 at 6:15 PM

Sue, my prayers are with you and your family.  My you find Peace in the knowledge that many share in your grief and are holding you in there prayers.

My God Bless You


#26 from: Kathy and Allen Barrett
Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 11:31 AM

Sue and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. But, so glad we got to visit with Rowllie at our class reunion last summer. You have been and will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

#27 from: Arthur Granlee
Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 4:01 PM

So sorry Sue.  Much love to you and your family. We will remember the good times and know he is at peace.  Love Mary and Art

#28 from: Greg & Barbara Rice
Thu, Feb 6, 2020 at 8:54 PM

So sorry for your loss. Rowlie was bigger than life.  He was caring and funny!  Treasure your memories!  Hugs to all!

#29 from: Amanda Boles Moore
Long Island
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 at 9:16 AM

Deepest sympathies.

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