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Donald E. Fennig

August 16, 1930 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 90)


Donald E. Fennig, 90, of Van Wert passed away at 11:59 AM on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at his residence.

Born on August 16, 1930 in Mercer County, Ohio, the son of the late Karl and Elizabeth (Schroeder) Fennig. On February 21, 1948, he married the former Marilyn M. Miller, who passed away March 19, 2005. Together, they shared over 57 years of memories.

Donald worked as a gage calibrator at Aeroquip in Van Wert for 23 years. He retired in 1995 from the Lima Tank Plant after 13 years of service. He then continued to work at G.K.N. in Van Wert for 5 more years.

Donald was a very devoted member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Van Wert. He was a past choir member and congregation President. He also served as Chairman the Mutual Ministry Committee and, with other members of his family, served as church Custodian for 10 years.

Surviving are his three daughters, Leslie (Steven Hughes) Fennig of Ft. Wayne, Stephanie Fennig of Van Wert and Sharon Franklin of Walton, Kentucky; his grandchildren, Robin and Michael Franklin, Jackie Wolford, Kayla (Noel) Morris and Derek Fennig; and 4 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Donald was preceded in death by two sons, Mark Fennig and Stephen Fennig; four brothers, Herman, Floyd, Dale and Arden Fennig; and one sister, Evelyn Bryan.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at St. Paul's Cemetery in Wabash, Ohio with Rev. William Haggis officiating.

Although family and friends are invited to attend Don's graveside service, we continue to be cautious and concerned for those who are most vulnerable, the elderly and those with serious health issues. We strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and respect the well-being of the family members and friends. Attendees are asked to observe social distancing, refrain from close physical contact, and wear facial coverings as required by state mandate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donald`s memory may be sent to St. Mark's Lutheran Church.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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August 29, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Paul s Cemetery, Ohio, Wabash


St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Van Wert OH 45891

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