Lifelong Wapakoneta resident Evon E. Schlenker, 93, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born on Dec. 5, 1919, in Wapakoneta, the daughter of Albert and Freda (Hengstler) Knatz.
On Aug. 5, 1939, she married John H. Schlenker, and he preceded her in death on May 15, 2002.
Evon and her husband John began dairy farming shortly after they were married. A lifelong member of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wapakoneta, she also was a member of the Wapakoneta Woman’s Club and the Soroptimist Club, serving terms as president of both organizations. She was instrumental in planning festivities when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon.
Evon was an avid bridge player and liked to play cards with her friends. She painted and created many other crafts. She loved spending time and traveling with her family.
Survivors include four children, Peggy (Jack) Prater, John (Jean) Schlenker, Philip (Diane) Schlenker and Michael (Joyce) Schlenker, all of Wapakoneta; thirteen grandchildren, Michele Prater, Scott Prater, J.T. Schlenker, Amy (Shawn) Thompson, Robin (Brian) Clay, Tracy Schlenker, David (Amy) Schlenker, Lori (Dan) Schroer, Dawn (Steve) Miller, Heather Nolte, Matthew (Missy) Schlenker, Leanne (Chris) Moninger and Courtney Schlenker; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three siblings, Vernon Knatz, Helen Kessens and Lura Mae Munson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Jeff Davis and Becky Sunday, officiating.
Private family graveside services will be held at a later date in the Greenlawn Cemetery.
Visitation for family and friends will be until 5 p.m. Saturday at the church following the service in Timmermeister Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to St. Paul United Church of Christ or God’s Storehouse.
Condolences may be expressed at BayliffAndEleyFh.com.