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Thad Cochensparger was lifetime farmer in Jackson and Auglaize Townships

Thad M. Cochensparger, 89, of LaFayette, died Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 at 2:30 a.m. at Cridersville Healthcare Center. He was born Oct. 7, 1922, in LaFayette to Russell L. and Anna (McKee) Cochensparger. On Aug. 7, 1943, he married Lenore I. Stevenson and she preceded him in death on March 24, 2010.

Mr. Cochensparger was a lifetime farmer on his farm in JacksonTownship and the family farm of generations in Auglaize Township. He also retired after working for many years from Scot Lads Foods, where he worked in building maintenance. He and his wife wintered in Ft. Myers Beach and Pine Island, Florida, after retirement.

He was a former member of the Harrod Congregational Christian Church and was currently attending Southside Christian Church, Lima. He was a U.S. Navy veteran who served as a Seaman 2nd Class on the USS Boston during World War II.

He was a graduate of Harrod High School, a lifetime member of the Lima VFW Post 1275 and a former member of the Lima Elks Lodge, Lima Eagles Lodge and Lima Orioles Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Police Assn.

Survivors are one son, Bill (Nancie) Cochensparger, Lima; one daughter, Ann (Jerry) English, Glenwood Springs, Colo.; one daughter-in-law, Lisa Cochensparger, Harrod; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Cochensparger, and a brother, Dean Cochensparger.

A funeral service is at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada. Pastor Doug Adams will officiate. Burial is in LaFayette Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Lima VFW Post 1275 honor guard.

Friends may can from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 30, at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may go to Cridersville Health Care Activity Fund and/or St. Rita’s Hospice Care of Lima, and/or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com.