Alvin LaChey (1936 - 2016)

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ANNA — Alvin F. LaChey, age 80, of North Pike Street, Anna, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at his residence early Friday morning, March 11, 2016.

He was born Feb. 15, 1936, in Fort Loramie, Ohio, to the late Marcellus and Katherine (Borchers) LaChey. On May 4, 1984, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Fort Loramie, Al married Thelma (Gritzmaker) Zimpfer LaChey, who survives.

Also surviving are three stepchildren, Velma and Alan Pratt, of Ocala, Florida, Joseph and Deborah Zimpfer, of Botkins, and Arthur and Nancy Zimpfer, of Botkins; 11 stepgrandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; four siblings, Marc H. LaChey, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kenneth and Joan LaChey, of St. Henry, Naomi Richards, of Fort Loramie, and Edward LaChey, of Minster; sisters and brothers-in-law, Marjorie LaChey, of Sidney, Caroline and David Counts, of Botkins, Velma and Kay Billing, of Anna, and Lucille Gritzmaker, of Wapakoneta.

He was preceded in death by one stepson, William Zimpfer; three siblings, Lavern, John and Katherine LaChey; brothers and sisters-in-law, Waldon Richards, Barb LaChey, Orrin Gritzmaker and Ruth Davidson.

A 1954 graduate of Fort Loramie High school, Mr. LaChey served in the Ohio National Guard during the 1950s. While in service, he received radar technician certification. He was retired from the former Grimes / Midland Ross Aerospace Co. in Urbana and had been an electronics research and design technician.

Many years ago Al serviced televisions and appliances at the former Fort Loramie Home Appliance store. Al had been a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Fort Loramie American Legion Post 355 and the Minster Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge 1397. Al was known to be an avid reader.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.

Friends may call Tuesday 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to the St. Michael Church Building Fund or charity of donor's choice.

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64 Elm St.
Fort Loramie, OH 45845
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Published in Sidney Daily News from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2016