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Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:55
Bockbrader-Milton-obitMilton Bockbrader, age 99, was called home peacefully to join his Lord in his Eternal Home on Sunday evening, March 10, 2013, 7:50 p.m. at Briar Hill Health Campus, North Baltimore.
Milton was born on February 19, 1914, in Wood County near New Rochester, to August and Mary (Westerhaus) Bockbrader and was the last surviving member in a family of six girls and two boys. He grew up on a farm in Portage Township in Wood County, and went to school in Woodville and then North Baltimore.
In 1939 on his 25th birthday, he married Opal Mae Turley, and they had three children, all of whom survive him: Leroy (Elaine), Fostoria, Loretta (Tom) Thornton, Medina and Lorene Raney, McComb. Also left to cherish the memory of their beloved grandfather are five grandchildren: Jeff, Kevin and Sherri Thornton, Debbie Hicks and Jennifer Schafer; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister-in-law: Frances Bockbrader, Bowling Green.
He was active in farming for over 50 years - both grain and livestock. Throughout the years he also periodically worked off the farm at the Bloomdale Tomato Plant and Pelton's Popcorn Farm in Bloomdale. He also did carpentry work, drove school bus, and finished his "off-the-farm career" in 1974 as custodian at Elmwood High School.
On October 5, 1975, his wife Opal died; and in 1979 he married Mary E. Copley, and moved off the farm for the first time in his life. They lived in Fostoria until her death in March 2005, at which time Milton moved to Blakely (now Briar Hill) Health Campus, North Baltimore, OH.
Throughout his lifetime, Milt has been an active member of the Lutheran faith, having been a member of Hope Lutheran Church in Fostoria since 1943, where he also enjoyed membership in Hope 60 until his move to North Baltimore. During the years he had served as Sunday School Treasurer, Trustee, and Deacon. He and Opal were also active for many years in Perry Progressive Farm Bureau Council, with 11 other couples. His hobbies have included word search puzzles, latch hook, plastic canvas art, and playing cards.
Visitation for Milton will be at MANN-HARE-HOENING FUNERAL HOME, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, on Friday, March 15, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 151 W. Center St., Fostoria, on Saturday at 11 a.m, with Rev. Dr. Larry Knigga, presiding, where visitation will also be from 10 to 11 a.m prior to the service.
Burial will follow at Knollcrest Cemetery, Arcadia.
Anyone wishing to remember Milt may make memorials to Hope Lutheran Church.
The Bockbrader family wishes to express special thanks to Tom Vitt for his many and much-enjoyed visits with Dad; to all the staff at Briar Hill Health Campus for their excellent care and wonderful compassion this past eight years; and to Odyssey Hospice for their expertise and kind sensitivity to ALL of us the last few days of Dad's earthly life.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:31

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