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Verlin W. Hirschfeld, 93, of New Bremen, died at 10:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at the Convalarium at Indian Run in Dublin.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1918, on a small farm west of New Bremen that was shared by his parents, Edward G. and Emma A. (Oberwitte) Hirschfeld and his grandparents, and they preceded him in death.
On July 5, 1942, he married Enola Luedeke, and she survives in Dublin.
He is also survived by his children, Gary (Kathy) Hirschfeld of Findlay, Craig (Sheila) Hirschfeld of New Bremen and Christine Hirschfeld Kelser of Dublin; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Viola Headapohl; a sister in infancy.
Mr. Hirschfeld was a member of the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen and had served on the church consistory. He had served on the New Bremen School Board, on the New Bremen Village Council, on the JTDM Hospital Foundation Board and on the Arrowhead Golf Club Board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 241 of New Bremen. He was a 1936 graduate of New Bremen High School.
He served with the 5th Air Force in the Pacific Theater during World War II, where he was among the first group of U.S. military to land in Japan the day of the Allied occupation.
Being born and raised in New Bremen, he was proud of his community. No matter where he traveled, people he met along the way would enjoy hearing stories about the community that he was passionate about. After his graduation from high school, he opened and operated the Crown Cleaners, a dry cleaning business in New Bremen. After his time in the service, he worked at the Arcade Department Store in New Bremen and also operated the H and F Floor covering business in New Bremen.
On Sept. 21, 1978, he retired from Crown Equipment Corp. in New Bremen, where he was an executive vice president.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, with the Rev. Becky Erb Strang officiating.
Burial will follow in the German Protestant Cemetery, New Bremen.
Calling hours will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be directed to the church memorial fund or to the New Bremen Foundation.