Eichler, Loraine "Shorty"

Written by David Green.

Loraine Dale “Shorty” Eichler, 83, of Fayette, Ohio, died Dec. 14, 2011, at Heartland of Wauseon.

He was born June 25, 1928, in Medina Township, Mich., to the late Lawrence and Roosa (Luella) Eichler.

Shorty lived the majority of his life in the Morenci, Mich., area and his most recent years in Fayette, Ohio.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He also served for several years as a member of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department. He formerly attended the Medina Federated Church.

He is survived by a son, Larry (and Anne) Eichler of Erie, Pa.; two daughters, April (and Richard) Maas of Jacksonville, Fla., and Amy Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Robert (and Marilyn) Eichler of Morenci; grandchildren Corey (and Ashley) of Fairbanks, Alaska, Derrick and Emily of Erie, Jimmy of Jacksonville, Wesley (and Alison) of Laramie, Wyo., Amy Ruth of St. Clair, Mich., Tiffany (and Aaron) of Jackson, Ohio, Teresa (and Jonathan) of Louisville, Ky., and Jeffrey of Jackson; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including a special niece Janice Keefer; several great-nieces and nephews including a special niece Lisa Keefer; several great-great nieces and nephews; and his first wife, Sharon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Kenneth “Dutch,” Donald, Clarence “Hap,” Wayne and John; and five sisters, Helen Mae, Evelyn, Adah, Florance and Reba.

Memorial services are planned 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Pastor Darren Lemmon officiating. Private interment will take place in the Canandaigua Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may consider memorial donations to the family.

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