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Lawrence C. Aelker

November 30, 1935 — November 24, 2019

Lawrence C. Aelker age 83, died early Sunday morning, November 24, 2019 at the Defiance In-patient Hospice Center.

His Legacy… He was born November 30, 1935 to Lawrence and Ethel (Seimet) Aelker.  Larry graduated from Holgate High School in 1953.  He was employed with Philips Sylvania GTE in Ottawa for 37 years, retiring in 1990.  On May 21, 1960 he married Janet Lee Wortkoetter in Glandorf. He served his country with the Ohio Army National Guard and as a reserve of the Army from October 1962 to October of 1964.   He was the owner of the Holgate Dairy Bar for 18 years until 1997.  Larry drove bus for Holgate Local Schools for 25 years.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria, church council, New Bavaria AMVETS and a charter member of the New Bavaria Fire Department (1965-1990).  In his spare time, Larry enjoyed mowing, golf and fishing.

His Family… Larry is survived by his children:  Jeff (Cindy) Aelker, Leipsic, Kevin (Michelle) Aelker, Napoleon, Chris (Tom) Hattemer, New Bavaria, Steve (Nicole) Aelker, New Bavaria, Phil (Cindy) Aelker, Defiance and Deb Aelker,  New Bavaria; 15  grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren and a sister, Thelma (Bob) Williams, Lima.  He was preceded in death by Janet on August 21, 2018.

His Farewell Services… Friends will be received in the Zachrich Funeral Home, 114 William Street, Holgate on Tuesday from 2-4  and 5-8 pm.  There will be a Fireman’s Last Call Service at 7:00 pm.  Everyone will be welcomed into Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am with Father Nick Cunningham officiating.  There will be military honors following the funeral mass.  Contributions made in Larry’s name can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, CHP Defiance Hospice or a charity of your choice.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Zachrich Funeral Home and Cremation Services

114 Williams Street, Holgate, OH 43527

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Funeral Mass

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

, New Bavaria, OH 43548

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