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Paul E. Trihaft

Trihaft-Paul obit

Paul E. Trihaft, 75, of LaRue, died at 8:02 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Heartland of Marion.

He was born in Marion on July 17, 1937, to the late William H. and Velma F. Clunk Trihaft.

On Nov. 27,  1960, he married Rachel E. Sappington at the Meeker United Methodist Church and she survives, along with daughters. Gwyn (Steve) McKinniss and Susan (Doug) Wenig; a son, David (Kim) Trihaft; seven grandchildren, Thomas and Benjamin McKinniss, Sara (Chad) Grote, Kevin Wenig and William, Andrew and Bethany Trihaft; sister, Elizabeth (Chester) Kurtz of Bellefontaine; brother-in-law, Clyde Sappington of Marion; sister-in-law, Lucille (George) Copus of Marion; and nieces and nephews.

A 1955 graduate of LaRue High School, he was a grain and livestock farmer all his life. He also served in the United States Army Reserves for eight years.

Active in his community, he was a lifetime member of the LaRue United Methodist Church where he served on numerous committees and was a member of the Chancel Choir. He also sang with a quartet for many years that was known as the Methotones.

He was past president of both the Marion Landmark Board and Marion County Farm Bureau, and served as director and treasurer of the Marion County Agricultural Society for many years. He also was a member of the Wildcat Pikers Farm Bureau Council for 40 years.

He served as a trustee of the Marion Rural Electric Cooperative from 1977 to 2011. He was president of the local board and helped with the merger of the Kenton and Marion cooperatives which is now Mid Ohio Energy. He also served on the board of Ohio Rural Electric and was its chairman for two years.

The Rev. Edward W. Fugate conducts a funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the LaRue United Methodist Church. Burial is in the Fairview Cemetery. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, LaRue.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of the LaRue United Methodist Church and the Marion Family YMCA Parkinson Disease Program.

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