John Leffler

May 20, 1916 ‒ December 26, 2006

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: John Leffler, 90, formerly of Orchard Park Road, Mansfield, died Tuesday December 26, 2006 at Florida Hospital in Orlando following a short illness.

He was born May 20, 1916 in Mansfield to Jacob and Katherine (Hager) Leffler and had been a lifelong resident of Richland County. Everyone knew him as “Johnny.”

In the spring of 1928 he moved from Mansfield to the farm on Orchard Park Road with his parents. He stayed on the farm and made his vocation working the land, raising cattle, hogs, sheep, and chickens, but enjoyed the workhorses the best in his early years on the farm.

On July 12, 1941 he married the love of his life, Louise Eli, and they shared 60 years together. After retiring from their farm, Louise and Johnny spent the winters in Florida but always returned to Ohio for the summer. Johnny loved the outdoors and in his younger years enjoyed rabbit hunting, pheasant hunting, and mushroom hunting in the spring (but he would never tell where the really good spots were).

Later in life he found fishing and at the age of 60 started playing golf in which he had 2 holes-in-one.

He was preceded in death by his wife Louise, his parents, two brothers, Phil and Motz and a sister Kate (Flowers).

After Louise passed away in May of 2002, Johnny made his home with his son and daughter-in-law in Orlando, Florida. Johnny is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Ed and Linda Leffler of Orlando, Florida; two grandsons J. Michael Leffler of Glendale, California and Christopher J. Leffler of Orlando, Florida.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am Friday, January 5, 2006 in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. The Rev. Dr. Beverly Hall will officiate. The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church may be made through the funeral home.