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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

John D. Thayer (April 9, 2012)

John D. Thayer, age 82, of Celina, Ohio, and formerly of Greenville, Ohio, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012 at 10:45 AM at Mercer Health in Coldwater, Ohio. He was born on July 17, 1929 in Laura, Ohio, to the late John & Zerelda (Bridenbaugh) Thayer.

He is survived by his children, Jerry Thayer of Celina, Ohio, Anna Marie Thayer of Minster, Ohio, Melody (Chris) Tuthill of Greenville, Kent Thayer of Celina, Ohio, Jeannette (Mike) Best of Greenville, and Jeanne (Ronnie) Best of St. Paris, Ohio; grandchildren, Jason, Elizabeth, Dana, Tyler, Breanna, Chad, Alysha, Shawn, Dustin, and Joshua; great grandchildren, Vinnie, Louie, Camryn, Landyn, Natalie, and Allison; sister, Donna Flora of Union, Ohio; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy M. Thayer whom he married on September 13, 1952 and brother, Darrell Thayer.

John worked at Hobart Brothers in Troy, Ohio and was a member of the United States Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the VFW in Greenville. He loved raising dogs, fishing and was an avid turtle trapper.

There will be a service held on Friday, April 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, Ohio, with Pastor Tom Christen officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenville Township Memorial Gardens, Greenville, Ohio. Family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 2012 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.

There will be a Veterans Graveside Service conducted by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Darke County Cancer Association.

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