Dr. Melvin A. Wurm

November 10, 1920 ‒ January 14, 2010

Center Village and Galena, Ohio

Dr. Melvin A. Wurm, age 90 longtime Center Village veterinarian passed away Friday, January 14, 2011 at home with his family.

He was born on November 10, 1920 in Westerville to the late Charles G. and Mable E. (Pflueger) Wurm. A graduate of Harlem High School, he received his veterinarian degree from The Ohio State University.

Melvin was a decorated US Army veteran of WW II serving as a medic with Company D, 112th Medics of the 90th Infantry Division. He participated in the second wave into Omaha Beach during D-Day at Normandy and then in Northern France. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Oak leaf cluster, and 2 Purple Hearts with an Oak leaf cluster.

He enjoyed a lifelong passion for animals, serving the needs of animal owners and farmers in the Center Village area for over 45 years, with beef and dairy cows being his specialty. He and his family also operated the Sohio Gas Station in Center Village.

A member of the Harlem Grange, OSU Alumni Assoc., Ohio Veterinary Medical Assoc., and the Harlem Twp Boys Breakfast Club. Strong willed, kind, and considerate, he was his own man. He treasured time spent with family, hunting, and fishing. But his true passion was gardening, as he had quite a green thumb. Always independent, he will be remembered for his honesty and generosity.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years: Betty (Johnson), step-children whom he considered his own: Marge Lewis of Cape Coral, FL, Dr. Charles (Carol) Ross of Wellington, Dianna (Robert) Jaynes of Westerville, Marcelia (Mark) Pheister of Reynoldsburg, Robert (Julie) Rhodeback of Center Village, 6 Grandchildren, 7 Great-grandchildren, brother: Theodore (Ann) Wurm of Delaware, Sisters: Eloise Collier, Mary Jane Fisher, Betty Ann (Gary) Johnson all of Galena.

Also preceded in death by brothers: Arthur, Ray, and Charles.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be 10:30 Wednesday at Harlem Road United Methodist Church, 5520 Harlem Rd., Galena, OH 43021 with Rev. Bud Luskovac officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury.

Memorial contributions can be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice, 793 W. State St., Columbus, OH 43222.

For condolences visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com