Jerry F. Spoon, 86

Jerry F. Spoon, 86, of Van Wert, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born on July 27, 1928, in Kirby, to parents Raymond W. and Marie Elizabeth (Kuntz) Spoon.

On Dec. 27, 1946, he married Helen Maxine Bolinger at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2012.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda D. (Wayne) Knodel Taylor of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Ryan (Julie) Knodel of Lima; Heidi (Rich) Arney of Van Wert and Justin "J.J." Knodel of Asheville, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert J., Raymond V., Carl R. and David R. Spoon, a half-brother, Arthur Albert and one sister, Virginia Craven.

He had owned and operated the Bon-Ton in Van Wert, then owned and operated the Goodyear Shoe Store in St. Marys with his wife from 1953 to 1995, when they retired and moved back to Van Wert.

He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church in Van Wert and formerly of Zion Lutheran Church in St. Marys. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Marks Lutheran Church in  Van Wert, the Rev. Will Haggis officiating.

Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Calling hours will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and one hour prior to services Saturday at the Church.

Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by the combined honor guard of the American Legion and VFW Posts of Van Wert.

Memorials may be made to St. Marks Lutheran Church or to the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.