Harold F. Denzer Jr.

December 22, 1919 ‒ November 09, 2000

Marion, Ohio

Harold F. Denzer Jr., age 80 of Leetonia Circle, died Thursday evening, November 9, 2000, at the DeWolfe House in Marion.

Born on December 22, 1919, in Marion, he was the son of the late Harold F. Sr. and Hannah Bernice (Manahan) Denzer.

He owned and operated the Schaffner Denzer Funeral Home with his father Harold F. Denzer Sr., and then the Denzer Funeral Home from 1944 until 1975. When Jack Hottinger and Gene Farison purchased the firm, he then continued as a funeral director, consultant and organist until the present.

A 1937 Harding High School graduate, he obtained a bachelor of arts degree in 1941 from Ohio Wesleyan University, graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Honorary Fraternity, in 1949 and received his funeral directors and embalmers licenses from the Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors in 1949. In 1963, he received a bachelor of music degree at Capital University where he majored in pipe organ performance from the Conservancy of Music. Additional training in the study of music was taken at Westminster Choir College and the Trinity Lutheran Seminary.

He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1943, and a life member of both Bird-McGinnis Post No. 162, American Legion, Marion, and Marion Chapter No. 22, Disabled American Veterans.

Mr. Denzer served as the organist for the First Presbyterian Church of Marion from 1967 to 1985. He was a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity – Men’s Music Honorary.

He was a charter and life member of HOCTOS, the Heart of Ohio Theater Organ Society. He was a member of COTOS, Chapter of American Theater Organ Society, Columbus; Central Ohio Chapter, American Guild of Organist, Columbus; Marion Musicians’ Association, Local No. 531, American Federation of Musicians, Marion; Presbyterian Association of Musicians; life member of National Federation of Music Clubs; Marion Lecture Recital Club and an accompanist with the Marion Senior Citizens Band.

He was a member of the Ohio and National Funeral Directors Associations; the Ohio Embalmers Association, American Association of Retired Persons; the Marion County Historical Society; Marion Noon Lions Club; the Marion Country Club; and former member of the University Club of Columbus. He belonged to the Palace Cultural Arts Association; accompanied the Senior Citizens Swing Band from 1989 through 1996; accompanied the Marion Serenaders directed by L.G. Jones from 1949 through 1957; and belonged to the Marion Federation of Music Clubs.

He was a member of the following lodges: Marion Lodge No. 70, F.&A.M.; Marion Chapter No. 62, Royal Arch Masons; Marion Council No. 22, Royal & Select Masters; Marion Commandery No. 36, Knights Templar; Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Temple Shrine of Columbus; Marion Shrine Club; Lydia Chapter No. 83, Order of Eastern Star; Marion Shrine No. 15, White Shrine of Jerusalem; Marion Lodge No. 32, B.P.O.E. He was listed in Who’s who in the Midwest, fifteenth edition, 1976-77.

He was a former member of Marion Chamber of Commerce, Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary; the Buckeye State Sheriff’s Association; Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association; Kosciusko Lodge no. 58, I.O.O.F.

He is survived by brother, Roger M. Denzer of Columbus; nephews: Larry Dennison of near Marion, and Alan K. Dennison of Hawaii; and niece, Mrs. Jack (Dottie) O’Niel of Akron. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mrs. Margaret L. Ward.

Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday, November 12, 2000, at the Denzer Farison Hottinger Funeral Home. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 13, 2000, at the Emanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. J. Weston Jones Officiating. Burial will follow in the Marion Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions can be made to the Palace Theater Organ Fund.

Military rites will be conducted at graveside by Marion County United Veterans Council.