John Charles Kaelber

May 22, 1947 ‒ August 05, 2014

Ostrander, Ohio

John Charles Kaelber, 67, of Ostrander passed away peacefully Tuesday afternoon August 5, 2014 at his residence.
He was born May 22, 1947 in Marion, Ohio to the late Robert Wesley Kaelber and Bernadette May (Irvin) Kaelber.
John was a 1965 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, a 1969 graduate of Capital University where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and later did his master’s degree work at the Ohio State University. He retired in 2005 from Buckeye Valley Schools after 29 years as a History and Vocational teacher. He also served as head coach of the baseball and basketball teams and assistant coach of the football team during his tenure at Buckeye Valley. John served as head coach of the Ashley American Legion and Columbus Knights baseball teams for many years. He was also a faithful and devoted member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 46 years Lorena Faye (Helton); son Robert (Diem) Kaelber of Upper Arlington; daughter Stacey (Matthew) Finn of Upper Arlington; five grandchildren Brendan, Jack and Erin Finn and John and Lilly Kaelber; brother Tom Kaelber of Ostrander; sisters Pat (Dan) Epley of Westerville and Karen (Frank) Parrott of Ostrander; beloved nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law Richard (Deb) Helton of Maryville, Tennessee and Randy (Connie) Helton of Ashley; sisters-in-law Judy (Buford) Dowell of Sierra Vista, Arizona, Linda (Dean) Bartlett and Pam (Jon) Staley of Ashley.
The family will receive friends on Friday August 8th from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware and where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 5:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday August 9th at 10:00 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware with Rev. Fr. Michael Watson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.
Contributions in John’s memory may be made to HomeReach Hospice, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, OH 43015 or American Heart Association, Ohio Valley Affiliate, P.O. Box 63445, Cincinnati, OH 45263-4445 or St. Mary Catholic Church for building renovations.
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  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. His family is in my thoughts and prayers. John was a good friend and colleague . The BV community will miss him.

  • Faye and family so sorry for your loss. I always looked up to John as someone I’d like to grow up to be like.

  • Faye, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that it is a very difficult time, and I will be thinking of you. Please extend my sympathy to the children as well.

  • Faye so deeply sorry to hear about John’s passing. Love n prayers to you and your family.

  • Dear Tom, Pat, Karen & family,

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He is fondly and lovingly remembered. Love and prayers to your family in this difficult time.

  • I was in Mr. Kaelber’s OWA class and he was such an amazing teacher and friend to all his students. He believed in us so much and made us think we could really do anything. He was such a good person and touched so many lives. Thoughts and prayers going out to his family.

  • John took me under his wing when I started teaching at BV. We shared a lot of stories about the military especially civil war battles. Rest easy 6. My condolences to Faye and the family.

  • He was such a dear and sweet man in the community and was a wonderful role model in High School sending condolences out to his family and want to thank his family for sharing such a caring, honest devoted person who care about others above and beyond what was expected from anyone he remembered you from 20 years after you graduated and everything you had did What a wonderful life he lived full of loving people around him.

  • So saddened by the news,
    Thinking about Fay, the Kaelber famly and the BV family <3
    He influenced my life in many ways… He will be missed <3

  • Dear Faye, Robbie, Stacy and family,
    Our hearts are broken for your loss. We remember so many great times together with the Bartlett clan and even as far back as high school. Faye, I think I put you two together, didn’t I? Love and prayers to your family during this time. God bless you!!

  • John was one of the best teachers I ever had and could ever ask for. He will be sorely missed. I will always be his ‘Girl Friday’.

  • Faye, So sorry to hear of this. Many prayers to your family as you deal with this loss. Again Love and Prayers.

  • Dear Kaelber Family, I was sorry to hear of John’s death. He and I were classmates of 1965. May he rest in peace.

  • So sorry for your loss. Mr. Kaelber was one of my favorite teachers in high school. He will be missed. Peace be with your family.

  • Faye & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about John. He was such a sweet and funny man that I have many high school memories of. He always used to tell me (everyday) that he had a buddy back in the day who’s last name was Holly and if I would have married him my name would be Holly Holly…..always made me chuckle! Such a wonderful man, I will keep all of you in my prayers!
    Holly Kuba

  • Sorry to hear of his death i had mr kealber for my teacher for 2 years at buckeye valley. I looked up to him he was one of my favorite teachers. He Shurley will be missed. He taught alot about working hard and shooting for my goals. He was a great man

  • John was one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. He was funny, caring, understanding and so patient with us all. He will be forever missed. His entire family will be in my prayers!

  • Dear Faye, Stacey, Robbie & family,
    So sorry for your loss. John was always such a nice guy! My prayers and thoughts are with you…

  • My prayers go out to the whole Kaelber family. Mr.Kaelber was my 9th grade teacher and boy was he an amazing teacher and person!!! He always knew how to make everyone laugh. He will be TRULY miss.

  • Dear Mrs. Kaelber, sorry for your loss and prayers go out to the rest of your family. My daughter Sheila was a student in his OWA class. He was a wonderful teacher and the BV community will miss him. He was a wonderful person with humor. He will be forever missed…your family are in our prayers…

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Kaelber. He was an amazing teacher I was lucky to have him as a teacher when I was in.9th grade at Buckeye Valley High School. I ran into him a fewtimes and he always remembered who I was R.I.P will forever be missed

  • Faye and Family,

    John and I were colleagues at Buckeye Valley and we shared a lot of talk about racers in Nascar. He was amazed I knew so much and I helped interview the kids for practice. He taught me a lot about caring and teaching. He always came to department meetings and ate cashews that were left from our food labs. He also taught my daughter in 9th grade and she learned so much history that year. I thought about him a lot over the years and I will pray for you and the family.

    Amber Elliott

  • Faye and family, what a Great Man, Teacher, Coach, Mentor and friend! My thoughts and prayers and with all of you.

  • Faye,

    I was saddened to hear about John” s passing.

    I enjoyed listening to John share about his favorite subject the Civil War and how he brought that time in our nation’s history to life. His sense of humor and telling funny stories about his experiences as a teacher were always appreciated as we worked at Buckeye Valley. Further, he had heart for the students that were under his care. He was always finding ways to help his students become successful as students and as people.

    I am out of state and am sorry that I will not be in Delaware on Friday and Saturday to remember John and how his life had a positive influence so many people. My wife and I will keep you in our prayers.

  • He was a great coach and home room teacher . Sorry for your loss he was a wonderful patient educator .

  • Coach Kaelber was a wonderful person with an incredible amount of insight. I will always appreciate and never forget the various knowledge he shared with our basketball program and myself personally. RIP. Prayers for the entire family.

  • Mr. Kaelber was an amazing person. He definatley changed lives of those who met him especially his students. He will be dearly missed by all.

  • Faye & family,

    John was a great HS friend. Tho haven’t been around him in up-teen years, he’ll be missed. God rest his soul.

  • GodBless John and the Kaelber family. John was such a nice guy and so well like and loved by his students/friends/co-workers. First thing Qorey/Kerrinda did was call us and let us know John had passed away. I had so much fun with him when I worked at the high school. John will be greatly missed. Love to all of you.
    Peggy/Mitch Penry/ Qorey Penry/Kerrinda Penry Bywater/Krystal Penry Heggestad

  • I wish I could be there in person to offer these.. I was a very lucky girl. I had the priviledge to have him as a teacher and an uncle!! I always remember his jokes on the OWA students. Like “I bet you will move before I walk around you 3 times” He would leave many a student in the middle of the halls waiting for that 3rd time.. He was always willing to listen to whatever you had to say. And I hate that I have missed so many years not keeping in touch. I love you guys and you are in my thoughts.

  • Faye, Rob & Stacey – We will truly miss John. What a great person he was. I will definitely miss all the good times growing up with all if you! Your in our thoughts. Tracy Budreau & Family

  • He was the best teacher I had, he gave me confidence and taught me many things about life. He was a wonderful person. My condolences goes out to his family, a great man he was and he will be missed.

  • I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. I have fond memories of him from high school at BV. Faye, I know this is a terrible loss for you. I wish you and the rest of the family comfort during this time.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Kaelber was an amazing Teacher and my favorite high School teacher at Buckeye Valley. I was in his 95/96 OWA class. I am very thankful for having him as a teacher and a person I could look up too. I will never forget the things he taught me about every day life choices.

  • The years past quickly and I remember a quote fro an old jeweler there in Delaware, it read ” your heart is like a clock, it only has so many ticks before it stops. RIP John

  • I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. He made a big impact on my life when I had him as a reach r r at Buckeye Valley. My sympathy goes out to the family. While in school I found out that his son and I were born on the same day at Grady. I just thought that was very interesting. I’m glad that I was able to know this very caring, nice man.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. The people of the Ashley UMC are also holding you in prayer. May God grant you peace that passes all understanding. May the presence of Gods love be evident to each of you in the days ahead.

  • Faye , Prayers and thoughts are for you and your family. The last time I saw John we were at Mingo watching our grand children swim. We had the nicest visit. He will be greatly missed. Bless You. Bonnie Miller

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You have beautiful children and grandchildren. God bless.

  • Although I did not have the pleasure to meet Mr. Kaelber, I feel like I did know him through his daughter, Stacey. For the last two years of knowing Stacey, her eyes would just light up when she would tell me about her sweet father. I could just picture a strong, handsome, positive father figure who encouraged his children daily, as well as the community. I wish I had an opportunity to meet him in person. He continues to touch people through his wonderful daughter and my lovely friend (& dynamite tennis partner!), Stacey. I know he will have Stacey’s white horse, Molly, ready for her when she meets him in heaven ;).

  • So sorry for your loss. I have some great memories of Mr Kaelber and they all involve him smiling. Let your good memories carry you through this difficult time. God Bless.

  • Dear Faye and family,
    I hope your wonderful memories help bring you peace during these difficult days. I will always know him as the friendly guy who came faithfully and cheerfully to be by Faye’s side at the end of each day at BV North…..lucky girl 😉
    With much love and prayers.

  • Thoughts an prayers sent to you an your family Faye…I had so much great memories with John that I will keep forever …..I have missed him since he retired no one scared me in that kitchen like he did….I think of him an I always smile….

  • I would like to send my deepest sympathy along with thoughts and prayers for the extended family of Mr.Kaelber,including nieces,nephews,his immediate family,and anyone that I didn’t mention that he was related to. He touched so many lives by the way he taught and carried about in his daily endevors. I’ll miss his jokes and smiles and him talking about going to live and see Gettysburg,as I was one of many OWA students that he taught. He was the best teacher that I had,and made it feel like he wasn’t even teaching you while in the classroom,but that it was like you were in his house and that all of us as students were one big family and we were all just talking about life stuff . I know he will be our guardian angel and help to watch over us all everyday,may he reat in peace as well.

  • To Tom, Faye and family
    So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a great upper classman to us in band and BV high school years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this
    time. Remember the good times and we shall all meet again…

  • Faye, Tom, Pat, and Karen,
    Please accept my sincere sympathy in the loss of your husband/brother, John. I know he will be greatly missed. I remember being in awe of John as a freshman at BV. He, too, was an important part of brother Pat’s high school life. Hold memories dear.
    Kathy and Family

  • Dear Faye and family,
    We were so sad to hear of John’s passing. He was always a good friend; always smiling and full of good cheer and kindness. We will miss him very much. May he rest in peace. The world has lost a good man.

  • Fay, Rob, Stacey, Family:
    I am truly sorry for your loss. I apologize for not being able to extend my condolences in person. Hopefully you can take some solace in knowing that your father/husband enriched the lives of everyone through his bountiful wisdom and kindness.

    “To laugh often and much;
    to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
    to leave the world a better place,
    to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,
    this is to have succeeded.”
    – Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Rest in Peace Coach