Leslie “Les” C. Dearth, Jr.

June 05, 1932 ‒ December 18, 2008

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Leslie C. Dearth, Jr., 76, of Markey Street, passed away Thursday morning December 18, 2008 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

Les was born on June 5, 1932 in Barberton, Ohio, to Leslie C. Dearth, Sr. and Althea Mary Dearth Flaugher and graduated from Tuscaloosa High School in Alabama.

Les served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1952 to 1954.

Following the War, he was employed by General Motors working 34 years as a Die Maker.

A member of the Presbyterian Church of Bellville, Les served as past elder as well as trustee. He was a member of the Bellville American Legion Post #535, OSU Alumni Club and Charter Member of the Bellville Lion’s Club.

Active within the community, Les was also involved with the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center. He even volunteered for AARP assisting the elderly with their taxes.

In his spare time, Les enjoyed golfing, bridge, and cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes. Known as the family’s handyman, he was always willing and ready to tackle and fix any project. Most importantly, Les enjoyed and was proud of his large family.

Surviving is his wife of 56 years Ruth Ann (Worley) Dearth; children Janet Dearth and Frank Beach of Bellville, Laura and Jon Schoff of Philadelphia, PA, Linda and Charley Charlton of Columbus, Kara and John Thompson of Bellville, Creigh Dearth of Lexington, and Kevin Jay and Laura Dearth of Bellville; 11 grandchildren Aaron and Amy Dearth, Matthew, Daniel and Hannah Schoff, Alex, Cammi, Sarina, DaShawn Charlton and Nekia, and John and Eva Thompson; and two step-brothers John and Bill Dearth of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The Dearth family will receive friends on Monday, December 22, 2008 from 12-3pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Homes where the funeral service will begin at 3pm. Burial with Military Honors performed by the American Legion Irvin Hiskey Post #535 will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in memory of Les are welcomed for the Presbyterian Church of Bellville and the Bellville Neighborhood Outreach Center. Please send all donations to 118 Markey Street, Bellville, Ohio 44813.