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Warren Joseph "Doc" LaVelle

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Warren Joseph "Doc" LaVelle Obituary
LaVelle Dr. Warren Joseph "Doc" LaVelle, 92, of Troy, Ohio, died at his home on Monday, May 5th 2014 at 3:17 a.m. surrounded by family. He was born on January 1, 1922 in Middlefork, West Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Mary Elaine Walters LaVelle; his sister, Audrey LaVelle Mullholland; his eight children, Gareth LaVelle Johnston, Gregory LaVelle, Kevin LaVelle, Philip LaVelle, Robin LaVelle Hoster, Dr. Timothy LaVelle, Megan LaVelle Stutz, and Dr. Joseph LaVelle; his 18 grandchildren, Jamie, Dr. Jason Johnston, Jennifer Johnston Reyen and Joby Johnston, Connor LaVelle, Madison and Jackson LaVelle, Tara LaVelle Maurice, Lisa, and Cody LaVelle, Barrett, Max, and Clay Hoster, Trevor, Zachary, and Ian Stutz, and Emma and Caleigh LaVelle; and his 13 great grandchildren. He was preceeded in death by his parents Thomas and Ethel LaVelle as well as seven siblings. A retired veterinarian of 66 years, he was the founder of Miami Acres Animal Hospital which he opened in 1945 after graduating from The Ohio State University. He was a lifetime member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, as well as an Army veteran of World War II. He served his community as a board member of the Miami County Health Department, lifetime member of the Troy Fish and Game Club, veterinarian to the Miami County Fair for over 25 years, board member of the Tree Farm Association of Ohio, Knights of Columbus, member of the Troy Country Club for 61 years, lifetime member of the Coonskin Library Association in Amesville, Ohio, and a dedicated member of the Troy Rotary Club since 1953, of which he holds tenure as the longest and oldest standing member. His passions in life included golf, hunting, yardwork, spending time with his family, and hand crafting maple syrup on his farm, which still remains in the family for a third generation, in his hometown of Amesville, Ohio. His maple syrup was a point of pride for him, winning several prestigious awards including recognition by both the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives for achievement as an outstanding Ohioan for his dedication to preserving Ohio woodlands and being named Ohio Tree Farmer of the Year for 2013. He was also featured as an Outstanding Ohioan in Ohio Magazine in 2013. A thoughtful and considerate man to all creatures great and small, he will be remembered as a man to whom it did not matter who you were or where you came from. If you needed help in any magnitude, he would do whatever necessary to ensure you were content. He weaved this philosophy throughout every aspect of his life which collected to create a loving family, caring friends, and a fulfilled life that will be celebrated. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Troy, Ohio on Monday, May 12 at 11 a.m. lead by Father James S. Duell and Father Henry F. Albietz. He will be laid to rest at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Athens, Ohio after a private family service the following day. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Miami County Animal Shelter, 1110 N. Dixie Highway, Troy, Ohio 45373. Arrangements have been entrusted to FISHER-CHENEY FUNERAL HOME, Troy. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 8, 2014
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