(NEWS ARTICLE) DELTA, Ohio - Longtime Fulton County resident Florian "Bill" Haupricht, who raised produce that his children sold in a roadside stand as well as to retail stores and wholesalers in the Toledo area, died Friday in St. Luke's Hospital.
Mr. Haupricht, 83, who also operated an ice cream store near the produce stand, suffered complications from a fall last month andhad lung ailments, said his daughter Cheryl Haupricht.
Mr. Haupricht and his wife, Anna Mae, operated the Little Red Barn off U.S. 20 near State Rt. 109 and later opened the Country Dip ice cream stand.
The Little Red Barn began as a small produce stand about 1970.
Two years later the family built the larger operation across the highway as business grew, said his wife, Anna Mae.
They have since sold the businesses.
Mrs. Haupricht said the summer job taught her children life skills and gave them spending money.
"It was important to both of my parents that we were working," daughter Cheryl said.
"They kept us busy in the summer."
Even after becoming an eighth-grade math teacher for Pike-Delta-York school district, Ms. Haupricht continued to work the stand during the summer.
"He got me started on the right path," Ms. Haupricht said.
The family also operated a second produce stand, along with greenhouses for growing flowers and vegetable plants, on Airport Highway between Delta and Swanton.
The ice cream shop was started in part because of the family's love of ice cream and the frequent trips required to sate that need, Ms. Haupricht said.
Strawberries and rhubarb raised on the farm, along with locally grown peaches, went into the ice cream, she said.
Mr. Haupricht enjoyed cooking, especially crepes from a recipe found years ago in The Blade, and would invite 10 to 12 people over at a time to cook for them.
With the help of friends and family, he would make as much as 30 gallons of sauerkraut each year, using as many as 90 heads of cabbage. He'd then bag the sauerkraut and distribute it to everyone in the village, "including his doctor, dentist, and financial advisor," his daughter said.
Mr. Haupricht was born June 28, 1929, in Holland to William and Mary Haupricht, one of eight brothers and five sisters. The family moved west to the Delta area when his father began farming 160 acres. Mr. Haupricht took over and expanded the operations, growing mostly grain crops until expanding to produce.
He was drafted into the Army in 1951 with his twin brother Robert and spent two years in Germany as a tank operator, his daughter said.
He married the former Anna Mae Onweller on Oct. 23, 1954.
His daughter said he frequently got up at 3 a.m., the start of 16-hour days in the summer, to make the trip to Toledo's farmers' market. There he would sell excess produce to wholesalers and return with fruits and vegetables that he did not grow on his own land, for sale in the market.
"We tried to buy everything local," his daughter said.
His wife added that Mr. Haupricht "was all about good quality" when it came to selling produce from his roadside stands.
At night he'd help his children close up the produce market and ice cream shop.
Mr. Haupricht was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Assumption, the Delta American Legion Post 373, and the Swanton Elks.
His is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Haupricht; daughters Cheryl Haupricht and Laura Elton; son Mark Haupricht; five grandchildren, and brother, Tom Haupricht. Son Eric preceded him in death.
Visitation is to be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St., Swanton, where a vigil service is to be held at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection is to be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Church, Assumption.
Tributes are suggested to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Contact Jim Sielicki at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6050.
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 17, 2012