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Gerald D. Thatcher

January 12, 2021


Gerald D. Thatcher, 85, of Lima, passed away at 10:02 a.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Mercy Health in Lima.

He was born on November 12, 1935, in Van Wert the son of the late Chester W. and Ruth M. (Klinger) Thatcher. On April 1, 1956, he married the former Esther Price who survives in Lima.

Other family survivors include his three daughters, Brenda (Richard) Drost of Tucson, Arizona, Barbara (Scott) Feiereisel of Walnut Creek, California, Beverly (David) Tuttle of Bluffton, Ohio; a son, Jerry (Johanna) Thatcher of DeSoto, Texas; one sister, Juanita Lehmanof Lake Zurich, Illinois; grandchildren,  Joshua (Julie) Drost, Caleb Drost, Hadassah Drost (Ricardo Leyva), Jarrod (Taryn) Shappell, Jordan Shappell, Justin (Carrie) Feiereisel, Shana Velazquez, Taylor Feiereisel, Brady Feiereisel, Spencer Tuttle, Abby Tuttle, Aaron Thatcher, Ethan Thatcher, Andrew Thatcher, and Hannah Thatcher; and 16 great grandchildren.

He was a 1953 graduate of Van Wert High School and 1955 graduate of Fort Wayne Business College. He was a long-time member of Calvary Evangelical Church where he had served as lay leader and Sunday school teacher. While at Primrose he led a weekly Sunday service. Gerald retired from Central Mutual Insurance Company as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. He was also involved with Gideons, Rotary, and on the board of directors of the Marsh Foundation.

There will be calling hours 2 - 5 p.m., Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home. Please observe Covid-19 protocols using face coverings and keeping social distances. A private service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday and will be available on-line at . or the church Facebook page. Interment will follow at Van Wert Woodland Cemetery.

Preferred memorials are to Gideons International.

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January 16, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Cowan & Son Funeral Home
616 S. Washington St
Van Wert, OH 45891


Van Wert Camp, Gideons International
PO Box 183, Van Wert OH 45891

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