Karen D. Fishburn, age 78 of Marengo, passed away unexpectedly Sunday morning, September 8, 2013 at Riverside Hospital.
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The community has lost not only a community steward, but a tireless servant who has touched countless lives. Karen suffered a massive stroke which occurred on Thursday while at Riverside Hospital awaiting surgery for an unrelated condition.
She was born on February 25, 1935 in Columbus to the late Richard and Frances (Bechtol) Wood. After graduating from Orange High School in 1953, while working in the Dean's Office at OSU, she met Walter "Jack" Fishburn on a blind date at an OSU AGR formal. They were married on April 17, 1955 and moved to their current family farm in 1957. Throughout her life she possessed a driven work ethic, even when it came to baling hay the old fashioned way with Jack! Simply put she was a workaholic and thrived on it, and always put others ahead of herself. She took pride in her appearance and always remained beautiful, even in the midst of her daily tasks.
Karen was involved in numerous activities, both community minded and in various personal business ventures. Jack expressed it best, "she was the glue that held it all together", and what they did, they did together side by side. She may never have wanted to be the recipient of the recognition and awards that she most surely deserved, but she was definitely responsible for all of the awards and recognitions that Jack received.
The Fishburns are owners of many local businesses in Morrow County, including Fishburn Services, Producing and Farms; Marengo, Mt. Gilead and Mansfield Auto Parts Stores; Ole Farmstead Inn, Suds 'n Sun, Sparkle 'n Shine, and the Cardinal Center Campground and Shooting Center, where Karen and Jack were recently inducted into the Trap Shooting Hall of Fame by the Ohio State Trapshooting Association. The Fishburns have also strived to help the development of numerous local businesses, including a local doctor's and dentist's office and an industrial park.
Karen belonged to many organizations, and donated her time and talents to all of them. She was an active member of the Marengo United Methodist Church, where she contributed countless hours to projects associated with the church, the biggest being the "Corn Project." She has also assisted several other local churches by providing a variety of services. Karen was actively involved in Key Ministries, MUMC Womens Society, Morrow County Association of Business Women, Election Board, and the Red Cross. In the past she has also been a member of Desk & Derrick, and the Morrow County Jr. Miss Pageant where she donated her talents with Fashion Two Twenty Cosmetics. In her more youthful days she also enjoyed playing on numerous ladies softball leagues, with many of her local friends. Her friendly nature, warm smile, love of family, friends and community will long be remembered.
Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved husband of 58 years Jack, daughter Denise (Dana) Aumend, son Dan "Boone" (Debbie) Fishburn all of Marengo, grandchildren Devin Aumend, Travis (Rachel) Fishburn, Renae (Daniel) Schwartz, great-grandsons Jaxon and soon expected Harrison, brother Kendall (Madonna) Wood of Coshocton, extended family, and the Morrow County community.
She now rests from her labors, but she leaves a legacy of work that will continue to speak of her good deeds.
Friends may call from 3 – 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 1 – 3 on Thursday at the Marengo United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 8 N. Main St., Marengo, OH 43334, where services celebrating her life will follow at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, with Rev's Lucien Baker and Jan Sprague officiating. Burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury is honored to serve the Fishburn Family.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Karen Fishburn Memorial Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 278, Marengo, Ohio 43334 or the Marengo United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126. Marengo, Ohio 43334.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Morrow County Sentinel on Sept. 11, 2013