Olen C. Ocheltree
May 06, 1920 ‒ March 22, 2010
BELLVILLE: Olen Ocheltree had faith that April showers brought May flowers. But much stronger than his faith in tulips and daffodils, Olen had faith in the promises from the Lord through His holy Word. More sure than the cycles of the seasons, Olen rested in the Lord’s promise of redemption for those who love Him.
Though the grass is greening, Olen was called away from this year’s mowing season. He passed away Monday evening March 22, 2010 in Triumph Hospital in Mansfield. He was 89.
He was born May 6, 1920 in Hyer, West Virginia to Oley and Mamie (Knight) Ocheltree.
A U.S. Army veteran, Olen proudly served three years during World War II in Normandy, Ardennes, and Rhineland.
Upon returning from the service, Olen married his sweetheart, Lilly E. Morrison, and together they moved to Richland County to start a life full of love and family. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.
Olen worked for Westinghouse, but was retired from Ideal Electric. He was a dedicated employee, with 20 years as a large winding technician.
During troubled times at work, Olen also enjoyed a range of farming activities from orchard work and harvesting to mowing and driving the tractor. Though some would call it work, Olen loved it so much that he continued working long after retirement.
Never one to idle, Olen was constantly found with his hands in some project or other. His most beloved past time was mowing the grass, so much that he cleaned out his property woods simply for more acreage to trim and tend. Always looking for an excuse to be outdoors, Olen would even sweep the dust and dirt from the roadside in front of the house.
A member of Lexington Community Church, Olen and Lilly were the oldest couple, and he was the oldest member.
Olen will be remembered by many for his words of wisdom. Though a man of few words, Olen’s words were meaningful, and full of love to those who surrounded him.
He will be missed by his wife Lilly Ocheltree of Bellville, their five children and their spouses Bill and Kim Ocheltree of Bellville, Sharon and Carnell Bailey of Edison, Carleen and Chuck Wilson of Butler, Gary and Sandy Ocheltree of Bellville, and David and Rayann Ocheltree of Bellville; 15 grandchildren Jessica and Steve Faulstich, Joe Ocheltree, Jeremy Bailey and his fiancée Elizabeth Jewell, Kimberly and John Federer, Aaron and Julie Wilson, Chris and Emilee Wilson, Teresa and Eric Pope, Carol and Tim Keene, Jim and Denise Hicks, Lisa and Chuck Szymczak, Paul and Denita Hicks, Ben and Susan Ocheltree, Nick Ocheltree and Becka Lee, Josh Ocheltree and Christy Nixon, and Andrew Ocheltree; and 20 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by siblings Hartzel, Mildred, Deloris, Kenneth, Hugh, Paul, Howard, Ruth, Kathryn, and Spurgeon.
Friends may call Sunday, March 28, 2010 from 4-8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. The funeral service, giving glory to God for the life of Olen Ocheltree, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in Lexington Community Church, 225 S. Mill St., Lexington with Pastors Jim and Josh Streib officiating. Burial, with military honors conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail, will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to the Lexington Community Church may be made through the funeral home.