Michael J. “Mo” Ohler

October 24, 1946 ‒ June 28, 2020

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Michael J. “Mo” Ohler, age 73, of Mount Gilead, died on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at home surrounded by his loving family following a courageous six year battle with multiple myeloma.

On October 24, 1946, Mike was born in Kenton, Ohio, a son of the late Ross and Doris (Brooks) Ohler.  Mike grew up in Morrow County, and graduated from Cardington High School in the class of 1965.

Shortly following graduation Mike married his high school sweetheart, Mary Ann Detwiler, in August of 1964.  They shared almost 26 years together and lovingly raised two children: Michael and Melissa.  She preceded him in death in May 27, 1990.

One fateful day at an Easter egg hunt, Mike struck up a conversation with Rosetta Ward, and they quickly fell for one another.  After a long courtship, they were married on September 20, 1996.  They cherished their thirty years together, and she was by his side every step of the way through his battles with cancer.

For thirty plus years, Mike worked for the HPM Corporation in Mount Gilead, starting as a welder and working his way up to being a supervisor.  After the closing of HPM, Mike used his gift of gab and found his second calling as a car salesman for McDaniels Automotive in Marion, and at Byers Toyota in Delaware.  Mike wasn’t bashful about selling, and many often joked that he “could sell ice to the Eskimos.”  He truly loved “the high of a sale.”

Mike recently enjoyed attending the Vessel Community Church, and he had been a member of the Mount Gilead Masonic Lodge #206.

An avid fisherman, Mike loved to go fishing every chance he could.  He enjoyed fishing at Knox Lake, Lake Erie, and the Kokosing River, and loved when Rosetta and his grandson, Jake, would join him.  Over the years, Mike also enjoyed hunting whatever was in season, anywhere and everywhere.  He even enjoyed trapping, and would often try and teach his grandchildren about the art of trapping.

Having a green thumb, Mike always looked forward to planting season every year, when he would plant as many flowers, vegetables, and trees as he could.

Mike was a man who believed in the value of hard work.  He instilled his own work ethic in his children and grandchildren, and had the highest expectations whenever a job needed done.  He was a sharp dressed man, who believed in looking and acting the part.  He was very outgoing, and “had never met a stranger.”  He also had a huge heart, and deeply loved his family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Rosetta Ohler; two children: Michael (Debby) Ohler, and Melissa (Jeff) McAvoy, all of Mount Gilead; two granddaughters: Kaylee Ohler, and Ashley (Justin) Carver; one great-grandson coming soon, Reign Carver; four step-children: Jason (Nicki) Gregg, Jeremy (Lisa) Gregg, Josh (Brandy) Gregg, and Jennifer (Matt) Rich; ten step-grandchildren: Logan, Farrah, Tyler, Parker, McKenzie, and Maci Gregg, Jacob and Aubrey Thomas, and Emily and Audrey Rich; four brothers: Ross Ohler, Phil (Sue) Ohler, George (Lisa) Ohler, and Rusty (Debbie) Ohler; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his first wife and parents, Mike was preceded in death by two siblings: Barney and Katy Ohler.

Per Mike’s wishes, services will be observed at his graveside at 11 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Glendale Cemetery in Cardington.  Following his services a fellowship meal will be held at Vessel Community Church, 5301 5301 US 42 S, Mount Gilead.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio State University James Cancer Center, Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, (https://www.giveto.osu.edu/makeagift/OnlineGivingDonation.aspx?Source_Code=DEV_AG-MED_CHRI-JamesWeb-ON-S&Fund=306144), or to Avita Home Health and Hospice, (https://avitahomehealth.org/donate/#online).

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Hintz and his staff, the OSU James Cancer Center, Avita Home Health and Hospice, Pastor Galen McLeod from Vessel Community Church, Chrissie Nist, and all of the many friends who helped Mike however they could.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to serve Mike’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Oh, Rosetta, what a fight “your man” put up. He did not want to leave you, but God had other plans for Mike. As far as I’m concerned, you are the reason he beat all the medical issues he had all these years. You were his angel on earth. Take care of yourself now. You need rest I’m certain yourself.

  • Rosetta and family we extend our sympathy to each if you at this difficult time. You did an amazing act of love the way you cared for and nursed Mike when he need it the most. Mike fought the good fight and now he is receiving the rewards of his heavenly Father. He is at peace with no more suffering and pain that we was going through. I am honored to have helped in a small, if there is anything I can do, please reach out to me. Cherish the many wonderful memories of your time together. God Bless. Dave & Nan

  • Rosetta and family,

    Sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer be with you during your time of sorrow. May Mike rest in peace in heaven. He fought one heck of a battle. Mike will surely be missed.

  • Dear Ohler Family,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Over the years whenever we talked with Mike, he was always so nice and had a smile on his face. He was a very proud Dad of all his kids, especially Mike and Melissa; once when we were out looking at his dealership he told us, “they will always be my beautiful babies.” Hold on to those memories and may you always feel the comfort of God’s love.

    Williamson/Strait Family
    Tony, Heather & Sarah-Faith

  • Deepest condolences to you and family. Lajuana and I are keeping in our prayers.

  • Rosetta and family, we are so sorry for your loss of your beloved husband and father. He really put up a courageous fight. He is at peace and we pray that your strong faith will help you through this time. We have booth lost loved ones and it is not easy but hang on to your memories and keep busy with your family. Sending our love and hugs. Dave Denman and Robin Lester

  • Rosetta and family , Thinking about you at this difficult time . Many memories in our younger years . I’m sure you got to see Bob in heaven , no more pain for either of you . Rosetta I know how difficult life is . Lean on your family and friends, it helps . I’m a phone call away if I can help you . The same for you Melissa and Mike .

  • Charlie and I are so sorry to hear about Mike passing away but he is no longer in pain or hurt to go out to you and family friends thinking of you

  • Mike I’m sorry to hear about your dads passing. He will be missed,I had a lot of good times with him at HPM. You are in my thoughts.

  • I don’t know where to begin. The memories I have with you to way way back. You used to say I had big feet and a big nose. We seemed to get in trouble and you never looked away. Lol. I am so happy to be your daughters best friend. I have so many memories with you I know it’s rough for all of you to lose him but the pain for him is gone. And he will never be forgotten. He will leave signs for you trust me. I love you all!

  • emma and i are so sorry for your loss, rosie. i also want to say so sorry for all the kids, grandkids that you both so kindly both brought into this world and the super people all the family are. i know how tough this is for you rosie and the rest of the family. remember on thing that as he fought the super fight to stay here with you all he just got rewarded yesterday when god called him to be with the lord. he is walking hand in hand with jesus today and probably trying to teach jesus how to fish or sell a car. he was a good friend of mine and we will all miss him. he might be surrounded by angels today but he was fortunate to have a angel on earth watching over him for the past 30 years and that is you rosie ohler. y0u and your family are the best, we are thinking and praying for you all during this tough time. BUTCH AND EMMA CHIPPS

  • Dear Rosi Kim and I want to say how sorry we are for the loss of Mo. It was always an adventure working with mo .It was fun to listen to him an butch chat or discuss politics or about business Mo was always lo earning and would share his knowledge with me …GOT YOUR WINGS MO. SEE YOU SOON MY FRIEND

  • Mike has always been a friend of my family the Ralstons. His dad and my dad were true friends. Loved every member of Mike’s family. I had somewhat got his feet wet when we worked together at McDaniel motor company. From there he took control about being a professional salesman and it was on.but the thing i liked about mike is he had a way to make you feel better about life.he could always make you smile.so easy to get along with. He really cared about his friends. Don’t know much more to say but thank you for being my friend.proud to call you my freind. God rest you in peace and i will see you on the other side.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss Mike was a long time friend he well be mist by his lovely wife and family and friends you all have my deepest sympathy and Condolences. Prayers to all.

  • My deepest condolences to the Ohler family. My parents were good friends with Ross and Doris through their lives. We often visited with the family on Knox Lake and I have so many special memories of Mike and his family. I remember Mike as such an outgoing, friendly, funny and optimistic guy. He was definitely a fighter beating a deadly cancer decades ago. The last time I talked with Mike was at my brother’s funeral. He never forgot his friends. I’m so sorry for the family as his loss will leave a big hole in everyone’s heart. Prayers during this difficult time.

  • With heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. May you take comfort in your memories of a life well lived.

  • Rosetta,
    I am so very sorry for this loss for you and your family. Prayers for comfort.

    Linda Goare

  • Mike and family, I am very sad to hear of your dad’s passing but know it was time and he is in a much better place now. I am reflecting on the many good times of our childhood and of the dads that always got us where we needed to go and never missed a game! Most are gone now but we have great memories of them and what they did For us.
    Sincerest sympathies.
    Your friend,

  • Rosie
    Mike was like a big brother to me and we would have great discussions about life and family and about many other topics. He was the man when it came to selling cars. I’ve never seen anyone sell like mike. He was a machine. He loved cutting the ties of the new salespeople that sold their first vehicle. I have so many good memories about mike. I truly loved the guy and will miss him deeply. I am truly sorry for your loss and if you need anything feel free to let me know. His legend will always live on.

  • Rosetta and family, my prayers are with you at this time. Mike fought hard against that stupid disease, someday maybe they will find a curse. I’m so sorry for your loss.


  • Mike sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers to you and the rest of the family

  • Mike and family –
    I am sad at the passing of your father, but also know that his struggle was real and believe he’s in a better place. You take care and be safe my friend.

  • Rosetta and family, my condolences in the loss of your loved one. May God give you His strength and peace as you face the difficult days ahead.

  • Mike I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Your dad was a super guy and will be missed by many.

  • Melissa and family
    I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing. I did not know him but he sounds like he was one heck of a man and father. Know that God knew it was time to take him home. Just like when my dad died you know he is in no more pain. I will be praying for God’s peace and comfort for you as you travel this road.
    Deb McAvoy-Fissell and family.