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Donald Hoops

September 26, 1935 ~ November 28, 2019 (age 84)

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Donald Hoops age 84, of Holgate, died Thursday morning, November 28, 2019 at Vancrest of Holgate.

His Legacy… Donald was born September 26, 1935 to Martin and Esther (Yungmann) Hoops in Deshler.  He graduated from Deshler High School.  On April 20, 1958, he married Nancy Gerken at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Defiance.  Don was a gas and fuel oil truck driver employed by Slattery Oil Company and other petroleum dealers for 43 ½ years.  Don was a former member of the Holgate Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, harvest festival committee, and Firemen’s Dependency Board member.  He was a substitute school bus driver and also drove for Hamler Chevrolet.  Don also enjoyed fishing, golf, and dart ball.  He was a member of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Defiance and was a church officer for many years.

His Family… Don is survived by his wife Nancy of 61 years; and daughters: LuAnn (Nikk) Hogrefe, Liberty Center, Vicki (David) Russell, Findlay and Mary (Chris) Merillat, Wauseon; 3 grandchildren: Kaitlann Shell, Seth Russell and Eli Russell; and sisters Lois (Walter) Rosebrock and Irma Jean Hoops.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

His Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Family Funeral Home, Holgate on Sunday from 3-7:00 pm with a fireman’s service at 6:30 pm.  The celebration of Donald’s life will be Monday, December 2, 2019 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Defiance with Reverend William Stottlemyer officiating.  Everyone will be welcomed into the church at 10:00 am with the funeral service at 11:00 am.  Burial will follow in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald’s memory can be made to St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Putnam County Hospice, or a charity of your choice. 

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December 1, 2019

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services
114 William Street
Holgate, OH 43527

Celebration of Life
December 2, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Stephen Lutheran Church
30304 New Bavaria Road
Defiance, OH 43512

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