Harold E. Bachelder

September 19, 1934 ‒ January 02, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: In public, Harold Bachelder was quiet and private. But he was “something else when you got to know him.” His introverted personality was characterized by a tender heart and generous spirit who let his actions speak the love in his heart.

Harold passed into the Lord’s care Thursday morning January 2, 2020 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. He was 85.

Born September 19, 1934 in Lexington to Eldon L. and Thelma C. (Bishop) Bachelder, Harold was graduated from Lexington High School in 1952. He served two stints with the U.S. Army, with service in Germany.

For more than 30 years he worked in production at Galion Manufacturing, hardworking and loyal.

A man of deep Christian faith, he was a member of Lexington Church of Christ.

Harold liked television Westerns, fishing, gardening, and a sunny afternoon on the bike trail. He was a Cleveland Browns fan – even in the lean years – but was a bigger fan of his children and grandchildren when they were on the sports field. He will be remembered as an excellent story-teller, who blended sarcasm, wit and humor into a personal delivery style of one-liners that can only be described as his sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Oleva (Hoffner) Bachelder, whom he married March 24, 1962; their son Gerald (Jill) Bachelder of Huber Heights; their daughter Peggy (John) Bush of Salem; grandchildren Samantha (Mike) Ferrarelli, Joni (Jake) Handlon, Erik Bachelder and Rachel Bush; a great grandchild on the way; his sister Judy Hoffner of Lucas, brothers Lester (Joyce) Bachelder of Coshocton and Larry (Kay) Bachelder of Galion; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The Bachelder family will receive guests Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a service celebrating his life will begin at 1 p.m. His son-in-law Pastor John Bush will officiate. Burial will follow in Little Washington Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to Disabled American Veterans may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Bachelder family, share a message of support with them – or watch Harold’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • So sorry to hear of Bach’s passing. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with you, Lee and family. May God’s peace be upon you at this most difficult time.

  • Sorry to hear about Batch leaving us.He was a very kind sole. Prayers for Judy, Lee and family.
    Barb Mullins

  • Please accept my sympathy and prayers at the loss of your father. Joan Lucas Black, a friend of John and Peggy Bush

  • To my friends, John & Peggy Bush and the whole family, especially Mrs. Bachelder, I offer my deepest sympathy & love in a difficult & bittersweet time such as this❣️

  • The Bachelder Family & Friends –
    My condolences to all. My association with Harold dates back to many years ago. I do remember his quiet nature and sorry to say our paths seldom crossed since earlier times. I also had the great pleasure of working with Oleva at Lumbermen’s many years ago. How well I remember those days. So sorry I have a schedule conflict today and will not be able to visit.
    Bob Palm – Lexington