Paul W. McChesney

December 02, 1932 ‒ August 17, 2014

Edison, Ohio

A man of the deepest faith, Paul W. McChesney, age 81, of Edison, was welcomed into Heaven by the loving, open arms of the Lord on Sunday morning, August 17, 2014, at home on the family farm from a brief illness.

On December 2, 1932, Paul was born in Marion, Ohio, the youngest of two children of the late Clarence and Pauline (Huffman) McChesney. He was raised and worked on the family farm in Claridon, where he also graduated from Claridon High School in the Class of 1950.

When Paul was 16 years old, while attending the Camp Sychar Church Camp in Mount Vernon, he met his wife to be, Marjory Dearth, whose family was from Marion. From that day forward, their love for one another continued to blossom and grow, and they were married on February 14, 1953, at the Greenwood United Methodist Church in Marion, shortly after she graduated high school. During their 61 years of marriage, they have been by each other’s side every step of the way.

Born to be a farmer, Paul followed in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather proudly carrying on their family name and their family farm. In 1960, Paul and Marjory bought a farm in Edison where he and his son’s could work together and care for the dairy farm there. After 18 years of working from dusk until dawn with the dairy cattle, and after his sons all left for college in 1978, Paul sold his cattle and transitioned McChesney Farms Inc. to veal production and grain farming. In the following years the business grew to include grain production, hogs, and an equipment dealership. In 2006 Paul proudly handed them the keys to the operation to his sons fully believing in them. Until the day he entered Heaven, Paul served as McChesney Farms Inc. most trusted advisor. Paul loved the Lord, his family, and the land and animals under his care. Paul, a very humble man, was proud to see the family business continue with his sons and grandsons operating the farm. He had also been a member of the Morrow County Farm Bureau and the Morrow County Dairy Association.

Dedicating his life to the Lord, Paul was a lifelong member of the Marion Salem United Methodist Church. An “obedient, faithful, servant,” Paul never wanted credit for anything he had done. Rather, what was most important to him, was sharing his faith and love for the Lord and leading as many to Him as possible.

Believing in the need and importance of spreading the word and gospel of the Lord, Paul had a passion for missions. This passion led him to invest in a mission project in Brazil, where he helped develop a farm to provide credibility and opportunity for the missionaries working there. He and Marjory loved visiting their farm in Brazil, offering their love, support, and wisdom to help the many seeds being planted for the Lord to grow. He learned of this project while serving as a member of Men for Mission’s International. He also was a member of Gideon’s International, Morrow County Chapter.

Sharing a love for travel, Paul and Marjory enjoyed countless trips to far away places, such as Hawaii, New Zealand, Ecuador, and Haiti. Most of their trips were made for their mission work, with both of them sharing a special love for the work they did in Haiti.

Second only to the Lord was his family. He cherished every moment with his beloved wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved whenever they would come home to “the farm,” which was the family’s favorite meeting place. Further, he proudly honored his vows to his wife, Marjory, being there for her “in sickness and in health,” just like he promised her he would.

Truly, Paul was one of the most “Godly” and “God like” men you could ever know. He was a simple farmer from Morrow County, who lived a life of honor, dignity and integrity, and made the world a much better place.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Marjory McChesney of Edison; five children: Steve (Phyllis) McChesney of Mount Gilead, Bruce (Conni) McChesney, Phil (Sheila) McChesney, both of Cardington, Brenda “Susie” (Dave) Harvey of Crown Point, Indiana, and Melinda “Mindy” (Scott) Lerman of West Nyack, New York; 15 grandchildren: Andrea (Josh) Chase, Dara (Ben) Harriger, Nicholas (Jodi) McChesney, Ryan (Leslie) McChesney, Lyndsay (Andy) Wyeth, Christopher (fiancé Jocelyn Walker) McChesney, Justin (Amy) McChesney, Breanne (Tyler) Wall, Andrew McChesney, Alyssa, Emily and Kyle Harvey, and Luke, Alex and Eva Lerman; 9 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Paul was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Hazel (Joe) Weisseise.

His family will greet friends from 3 – 7 p.m. on Friday, August 22nd, at the Marion Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Rd., Caledonia, OH. Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Pastors James Van Meter and Tom Scott officiating. Burial will follow by the church in Salem Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion Salem United Methodist Church (address above), to help with their missions efforts.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Paul’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting


  • Im so very sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time. May God bless you all!

  • Mindy & Family –

    Just read about your Dad’s passing. I am so sorry. May God’s peace that passes all understanding be with you and your family as you go through this time.

    Dan Swagerty

  • As heaven rejoices at Paul’s homecoming, our hearts ache with you at your loss. The world has lost a spiritual giant and we will miss his strength, his wisdom, and his compassion.

  • So sorry to hear of this loss to your family. Paul will be remembered and honored by many in the coming days. Those good memories will help the healing begin. Our prayers for comfort are with you.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May God comfort you during this difficult time.
    So sorry for your loss.

    Chris & Tina Irons

  • I am saddened to read of your loss, but rejoice that Paul has been welcomed into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father. I remember many fun times at the McChesney farm during Men For Missions gatherings. I remember Paul’s vibrant witness and the burning passion he had for others to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He indeed stored, not here on earth, but in heaven, riches untold. May your memories and faith carry you through the coming days and weeks as you adjust to life without your family patriarch.

  • I’m very sorry for your loss. I know he is in a wonderful place. Thoughts and prayers for all of you.

  • Mindy and Family

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you .
    So sorry for your loss.

    Leslie and Danny SusKin

  • God Bless your Dad Mindy! Prayers for your entire family during this difficult time! There is a great party in Heaven tonight! Love Maureen & Tom Kreider

  • Dear Steve, Phyllis, Andrea, Dara & Nick, May you feel the unmistakable hand of God during this difficult time. We were saddened to hear of your sudden loss. Prayers from the Mitchells in San Antonio….

  • Dear Friends and Family,
    We were saddened to hear of the passing of Paul. So many memories of days past with our association with him and your family. So thankful God gives memories, to help us in the days to come, when we lose our loved ones. We pray God will lay His healing hand upon all of you, to help ease the pain of your loss.

    Steve and LuAnn

  • Phil, Sheila and all the McChesney siblings and family, so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, I have heard nothing but Great things About Paul and I pray that during these next coming days that You Feel God’s Grace and Presence with his loving arms around each and everyone of you. May God Bless You All

  • We are so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing. We knew them well through Men For Missions. We visited once or twice at the farm. Always was a joy to be around Paul and Marge. He was the same age as Max is……….at 81 we know heaven can’t be far away. We also are the parents of Jay Edwards in Brazil so we have this connection also. May God comfort your hearts with the knowledge that your dad’s race is won!! “Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

  • Steve, Brenda, Bruce, Phil and Mindy:
    So sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Paul was a Godly man and loved by many. I think of the Bible verse “well done thy good and faithful servant.” His job on earth was done. When God chooses to take a loved one, he leaves in their place beautiful memories. Cherish those memories.
    Maxine Packer

  • Prayers to all of you during this time. I remember being at the farm and seeing him as such a proud yet humble man. May your memories and Faith help you during this time.

    Love and God bless,
    Michele (Palmer) Mizda

  • Our thoughts are with you!
    Our deepest condolences !
    Sorry for your loss!
    Steven and Amber

  • What precious man! Our very deepest sympathies to all the family. We love all the McChesneys!

  • We are sorry to read about Mr McChesney’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Our sympathy to every one of the McChesney family. Paul was a good man, always friendly and kind. May God bless and comfort each of you in the days ahead.

  • Your family has always been special to the Kentucky Klinefelters. Gerald and all 4 children extend deepest sympathy in your loss. What a blessing to him that he was right on that farm when he went from this world to a even better place. God Bless you all at this time and always.

  • To the McChesney family:
    My deepest sympathy to your family. Mr. McChesney was a wonderful man, always calm, cool and collected. He was a wonderful reflection of our Lord and Savior. May God comfort you at this time.

  • Thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May you find comfort in the days ahead.

  • Dear McChesney Family,
    As I learned about Paul’s homegoing, my mind went back through the years (I’m Dwight and Stella’s daughter & former Korea missionary), remembering my Dad’s love and joy in his relationship with Paul. I suspect they’re enjoying each other right now. Ev Hunt is with them, too.

    My heart hurts with yours because of your loss and I expect God himself will hold you close and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Carroll (Hunt) Rader

  • To the McChesney Family,

    Such a gentle, loving man. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May God hold your family close as you share memories and celebrate Paul’s life.

    Adam and Rhonda Irey & family

  • Family of Paul McChesney:
    Our thoughts go to you right now as you walk through this difficult time.
    May God be your strength.
    Our prayers that God be your rest and comforter in these days & months ahead.
    May He provide what you need for each moment, giving you the peace that passeth all understanding. Joy for the heritage Paul gave you.
    Our sincere sympathy in your great loss.
    Dale & Marsha Crawford, Lisa & Aaron
    “Fear not; for I am with you…” Isaiah 41:10

  • So sorry to hear of the sudden loss of Paul. May God give you peace and comfort throughout this difficult season. Praise the Lord for memories to carry you through and help the healing begin. God Bless you all.

  • I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Paul- he was always my favorite!
    One of my best memories is that of Thanksgiving at the farm when I was 11- that home seems to always be filled with joy and love.
    I’m really grateful that we spent some time together back in April. I’ll always appreciate his sharp mind and the way he asked after my son after only meeting him briefly as a baby.
    Sending hugs from afar. xoxo

  • Our thoughts and Prayers are with the McChesney Family. Death leaves a hole no one can fill but Love makes memories no one can steal. Relay on the Lord for your strength and comfort.

  • Paul was a man of highest integrity, respected by all of Men for Missions who knew him. Paul leaves a vacancy that will be hard to fill. He will be met in heaven by people from different nations that he and Marge had a significant role in their coming to faith in Christ and worshipping Him.

    Many of us are proud to have had Paul as our friend.

    Warren Hardig

  • As we share hearts with you in your proper grieving, it is in the great hope Jesus brings us, “life beyond the reach of death.”

  • I remember the MFM meetings we attended, and want to send my caring thoughts and prayers for your loss. My Bob went home two years ago. In Christ’s love.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. Fine comfort in knowing he is at peace with the Lord.
    Mike and Brant
    Jordan Bros.

  • My sympathy to all of your family – I just talk to Paul last Wednesday. May the Lord give each of you comfort.

  • To the McChesney Family,

    May God bless each and everyone of you with comfort and joy. Paul’s physical statute was small but his presence would fill a room with his love for his God, his wife and for his family. There is no dought he is already helping build a new farm In heaven. He will forever be with you because of God our Heavenly Father. May peace be with you

  • Marj, So sorry for your loss. It is so hard to lose a spouse, I know because it happened to me twice. You probably don’t remember me, but I remember you. May God give you comfort and peace, even in the loss of so fine a man. It is hard especially to give up a loved one, who has ben so apecial.
    With Christian Love,
    Mary Lloyd Allen

  • Paul — A distinguished classmate and friend — and always a gentleman. It has been my pleasure to have known him. My sincerest condolences to his family.


  • Sorry to here of Pauls passing. He was a good man. Always had a good word to say to you. Glad to have known him all these years.

  • To Paul’s family: We remember you all fondly on Lay Witness Mission at
    your Church, MFM meetings and visiting with Haiti Choir.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Blessings, Clyde and Marian Bowman

  • We have lost a Godly friend. I (Harry) first met Paul as a teenager at Camp Sychar in Mount Vernon, OH. We both grew up on a dairy farm and worked with our fathers for a many years. We both got married in 1953. In 1960, I decided to go into a different occupation and left the farm. A few years later, when my father decided to retire, he sold his dairy and looked for someone to farm the land. Paul and his sons came to Dad’s rescue. His family is still operating our farm and continue to do any excellent job as Paul did. Each year after the fall harvest, Paul and I would have lunch and discuss the production and the needs of the farm such as tiling. Our conversation would soon shift to foreign missions as we both had been inspired by Dr. Dwight Ferguson, the founder of Men for Missions in the One Missions Society. My wife and I pray that all of Paul’s family will follow his example and put Jesus Christ first in their life. Our sympathy to each of you.

  • Our condolences and prayers for the family. I am proud to call Paul my friend and Spiritual Teacher, he is in the hand of Jesus. Praise The Lord.

  • Mindy,
    Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May he rest in peace.

  • Paul and Marjorie were among my oldest and dearest friends. I am saddened to hear of Paul’s passing but rejoice in his home going. He was a man of sterling character and both my late husband and I loved him dearly. My prayers are with the family. I sincerely wish I could come but am physically unable. God bless all of you.

    • Dear LaVonne:
      Thank you for your knid condolences for Dad. I wanted to let you know that Margie followed Paul into heaven early Monday morning. Her battle with Alzheimers was a long, difficult one which she handled with grace and dignity. We are happy that she is healed and rejoicing with Our Heavenly Father. I know that you would want to be here, but I understand you are unable to travel. I hope that your health is good, and that you are doing well and enjoying your family. I have such fond memories of you and Mom’s stories and laughter. God bless you and keep you, Mindy

  • To Steve & your wife, Phillip & Sheila, and all of the McChesney Family please accept our condolences and sympathies. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless!
    Randall (Randy) Campbell & family

  • Memories of a wise steward of all God provided. His gentle and kind spirit will be greatly missed. May God bless during this time of honoring Paul.

    Cliff &Elizabeth Mosher

  • What a great loss for our cummity. Paul was a man we truly respected because of his great love for God, family and friends. He had a wonderful smile and a big heart. He will be missed by our family.

  • Paul was a wonderful man who is now celebrating the most joyous homecoming with our Lord. He was loved and respected by our family and throughout our community. We will be praying for you today and in the coming days. We love you guys. God bless you.

  • Our community as once again lost a wonderful person, who touched the lives of so many people. I’m praying of each of you, as you prepare for today. May the Grace, Peace and Mercy of God be with each of you.

    God bless you all. <3

  • McChesney family,

    My sincere sympathy and may you know the peace that comes from knowing we have eternal life through our Saviour. What comfort our Faith in Christ Jesus is, Hugs to each and everyone of you.

    Joan Jagger

  • To all of the McChesney,

    I just heard of the passing of Paul at church today, and was shocked to hear of his passing. He will live on in my memory though. My father and Paul first met at Camp Sychar and became friends from that moment. I believe he was friends with Marjory before meeting Paul. He will deeply be missed.

    Richard Peterman

  • Our prayer for the McChesney family is that our Lord will give each of you a peace and comfort knowing Paul is with our heavenly Father. Remember all the good times of the days you had with Paul. Sorry we could not be there with you, as we were in Florida on vacation. God.s blessing to each of you. Dave & Nancy Wiseman

  • To Brenda and her family,

    I am saddened to hear about the death of your father. Your mom and dad were always so welcoming to me and my children when we would come to visit you at the farm. The love of God and family was so evident in all that they did. I rejoice that he is now with Jesus and able to watch you all from Heaven. I pray that your family will find peace and comfort in Jesus during this time of grief. May God bless you all. Melanie Myers

  • We send our sympathies for your great loss and pray God’s peace and comfort for the family.