Larry L. Leffel, 70

Larry L. Leffel, 70, of New Knoxville, died at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his residence.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1942, the son of Walter and Violet (Truesdale) Leffel.

He married Sharon Henkener on Aug. 26, 1960, and she survives at the residence.

He is also survived by his three children, Craig (Esther) Leffel of New Knoxville, Keith (Susan) Leffel of New Knoxville and Amy (Gregg) Weadock of New Knoxville; by his grandchildren, Zachary Leffel, Lucas Leffel, Rachel Leffel, Logan Leffel, Morgan Leffel, Alicia Weadock and Erica Weadock.

He is survived by three brothers, Morris (Juanita) Leffel of Wapakoneta, Joe Leffel of St. Marys, Thomas (Ann) Leffel of New Knoxville; by six sisters, Quetora Stout of Findlay, Carolyn (Roger) Bambauer of New Knoxville, Marilyn (James) Lauth of St. Marys, Linda (Ned) Niemeyer of New Knoxville, Sharon Kruse of New Knoxville and Joyce Meyer Raterman of Botkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by an infant daughter, Christine Leffel; a sister, Lila Leffel; by brothers-in-law Kenneth Stout, Robert Lauth, Steven Kruse, Don Meyer and James Raterman.

Larry was a 1960 graduate of New Knoxville High School. He was a farmer and had served as a Washington Township Trustee for 25 years.

Larry raised Hampshire hogs for many years. He and his wife, Sharon, were active in the Ohio Hampshire Association and over the years their family has made many friends through showing hogs at the county, state and national shows. In 1999, Larry and Sharon were inducted in the Ohio State Fair “Swine Hall of Fame.”

He was a lifelong New Knoxville Ranger fan and also a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a member of the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, where he had served as a deacon and trustee.

Funeral rites will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, the Rev. David Williams, officiant.

Burial will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday in the Ministry Center of the First United Church of Christ, where memorial gifts may be given to either the Youth Fund of the Church; Auglaize County Fair Swine Department or the New Knoxville Athletic Boosters.

Condolences may be sent to Larry’s family via

Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, 200 W. Spring St., New Knoxville, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.