John Kaelber

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DELAWARE — John Charles Kaelber, 67, of Ostrander, passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2014 at his residence.

He was born May 22, 1947 in Marion, Ohio, to the late Robert Wesley Kaelber and Bernadette May (Irvin) Kaelber.

John was a 1965 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, a 1969 graduate of Capital University where he earned his bachelor's degree, and later did his master's degree work at the Ohio State University. He retired in 2005 from Buckeye Valley Schools after 29 years as a History and Vocational teacher. He also served as head coach of the baseball and basketball teams and assistant coach of the football team during his tenure at Buckeye Valley. John served as head coach of the Ashley American Legion and Columbus Knights baseball teams for many years. He was also a faithful and devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 46 years, Lorena Faye (Helton); son, Robert (Diem) Kaelber of Upper Arlington; daughter, Stacey (Matthew) Finn of Upper Arlington; five grandchildren, Brendan, Jack and Erin Finn and John and Lilly Kaelber; brother, Tom Kaelber of Ostrander; sisters, Pat (Dan) Epley of Westerville and Karen (Frank) Parrott of Ostrander; beloved nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law, Richard (Deb) Helton of Maryville, Tennessee and Randy (Connie) Helton of Ashley; sisters-in-law, Judy (Buford) Dowell of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Linda (Dean) Bartlett and Pam (Jon) Staley of Ashley.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 8 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, and where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 5 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Contributions in John's memory may be made to HomeReach Hospice, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, OH 43015 or , Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 63445, Cincinnati, OH 45263-4445 or St. Mary Catholic Church for building renovations.

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Published in The Delaware Gazette from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014
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