OTTOVILLE — Orval R. Eickholt, 87, of Ottoville died at 5:30 a.m., March 8, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born April 14, 1926, in Ottoville to John C. and Mary M. (Miller) Eickholt. On September 2, 1950 he married Olivia "Leafy" Berelsman who survives in Ottoville.
He is survived by ten children Karan (Kenneth) Maenle of Ft. Jennings, Timothy (Beth) Eickholt of Ottoville, Tina (Thomas) Miller of Tipp City, Brenda (Cindy Johnson) Eickholt of Van Wert, Richard (Becky) Eickholt of Ottoville, Brian (Diane) Eickholt of Ottoville, Janice Maag of Ottoville, Patrick (Debra) Eickholt of Kalida, Bruce (Amy) Eickholt of Ft. Jennings, and Elaine (Butch) Calvelage of Ottoville; a sister: Calista Miller of Landeck: a sister-in-law; Dolores Eickholt of Ottawa, 36 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Orval is preceded in death by three brothers: Ralph (Virginia) Eickholt, Vincent Eickholt and Roman (Agnes/Margaret) Eickholt; 2 sisters: Katherine (Ralph) Altenburger and Agnes (Bill) Ulrich; a half-sister: Alvertice "Dolly" Friemoth; and a brother-in-law: Arnold Miller.
Orval retired from Fruehauf, was a life long farmer, and a former Trustee for Monterey Township. He was an Army veteran of WWII where he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville, its Holy Name, the Ottoville Knights of Columbus, Ottoville VFW and Disabled American Veterans.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with Fr. Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville with military rites by the Ottoville VFW.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to: www.lovefuneralhome.com.