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Keith Hirn

January 23, 2019


Keith E. Hirn, 70, of Van Wert, died at 5:44 a.m., Wednesday at Van Wert Health.

He was born on May 14, 1948, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Philip and Bertha (Feister) Hirn. On November 10, 1973, he married the former Annette Marie Rice who survives.

Other family survivors include his two daughters, Becky (Shawn) Snyder of Celina and Cindy Switzer of Paulding; a sister, Deborah Steinmetz of Urbana, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Kristen Nicole Snyder, Nicholas Aaron Snyder, Joshua Ryan Snyder, Makenna Shay Snyder, Jenifer Brook Switzer, Sabrina Marie Switzer, Alyssa Nicole Switzer and Charity Renee Switzer; and three great grandchildren, Camden Mitchel, Mason Bradley and Avah Claire Simmons.

Beside his parents, Keith was preceded in death by his twin sister, Judy Comer.

He was a 1966 graduate of Van Wert High School and veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church. Keith had worked at Bordens Foods, Stran Buildings, and retired from Federal Mogul in 2015. He had been active in the American Chess Federation and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, January 28, 2019, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home with Pastor Ronald E. Lumm officiating. Interment will follow at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery with military rites conducted by the combined honor guard of the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts of Van Wert. Calling hours will be 2 - 6 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the St. Jude’s Foundation, Pleasant Chapel Church, or the American Red Cross.

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Funeral Service
January 28, 2019

11:00 AM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 S. Washington St
Van Wert, OH 45891

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