John Charles Kaelber

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John Charles Kaelber

OSTRANDER: John Charles Kaelber, 67, of Ostrander passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon August 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 on Friday August 8th from 5 - 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware and where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 5:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 9th at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, 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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Delaware, OH 43015
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Published in the Marion Star on Aug. 7, 2014
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