Doris Thayer La Van

August 29, 1938 ‒ March 27, 2019

Galion, Ohio

Doris La Van is a born again Christian and now is with her Lord and Savior. Doris Thayer La Van, 80, of Galion passed into the Lord’s presence on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 after complications from a recent car accident.

She was born August 29, 1938 in Hollywood, California and was the daughter of the late Alfred and Marjorie (Flinn) Fischer. Doris met Walter R. La Van on July 20, 1980 and they were married on August 30, 1980 and he survives.

She was a 1956 graduate of Van Nuys High School and had worked for the Monsanto Company. She will be remembered for her unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Her loving devotion to her husband and family is a legacy that will live on. Doris was an integral part of the First Baptist Church of Galion.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Erika Funk of Galion and Laura (Robert) Flynn of Maryville, Illinois; sons John (Sue) Sidwell of Maryville, Illinois, Robert (Molly) Sidwell of Windermere, Florida, Ed (Beth) Sidwell of Fort Mill, South Carolina and Glenn La Van of Mt. Gilead; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and two expected; many close friends; church family and all those who called her “Mom.”

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2019 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 29th with Rev. Timothy Wingert officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Doris La Van, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • Erika and family I’m so sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you and your families.

  • Walt and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Doris was a dear lady whom I loved – she was my Sunday School teacher at First Baptist and watched me grow for many years. I’m so thankful that she had the hope of Jesus Christ and find comfort in knowing we will see her again! My prayers are with you during this time!

  • We are so sorry. Doris was a beautiful lady and wonderful Christian. She loved the Lord with all of her heart. Doris always had a smile on her face and was full of life. She will be missed. Our love and prayers are with each of you.

  • Glenn & Family,

    Our deepest condolences in the loss of your dear one Doris “Mom” Thayer La Van. A beautiful Christian lady who shared her faith, love and kindness with all her family and friends. A reunion in Heaven one day you will have.

    May God bring peace and comfort to you and all your family & friends.

    Love & prayers,
    Shelly, Linda & Dick

  • I was saddened to hear of Doris’s passing. I enjoyed many visits with her while I was taking care of her mother. Such a wonderful precious woman. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. May God wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you.

  • Doris was a wonderful lady. She will be missed. Doris was in our TOPS club and everyone loved her.

  • So sorry to hear this about Doris. I knew her from TOPS and we had many a great time with her. She was the sweetest lady and I know she was devoted to her family. She will be missed.

  • Kathleen and I have many precious memories chatting with Doris and Walter over lunch after church on Sundays. Doris was such a fun and caring person and will be greatly missed. Our sympathies and prayers for Walter and the family. Doris was a fine Christian lady and we can all find comfort to know that she is now comforted in the arms of Jesus, her Lord and savior.

  • We are saddened and brokenhearted to hear of the tragic death of Doris. We will remember her as a kind hearted and joyful friend who loved the Lord, her family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Walt and her family as the mourn but we can rejoice that she is in a much better place.