Leon Richard “Red” Weikle

Leon Richard “Red” Weikle was called home to be with the Lord on June 4, 2017 being reunited with his true love, Lois Weikle.

He was born on May 8, 1930 to Gerald and Bernice (Pence) Weikle in Sarton, West Virginia.

Red and Lois, his loving wife of 65 years, made their way to Ohio, settling in Bellville to start their life and family. Leon loved spending time with his daughters and grandchildren playing outdoor games.

Red was known by the Bellville community as a “walker,” as he used to walk five miles a day around Bellville. He enjoyed bowling, tending to his gardens and fruit trees, and hunting; with his beagles as his hunting companions.

Family reunions were something he looked forward to, “going down home” as he called it, visiting with his family, and hunting. Red spent some time working in a local Apple Orchard and was a retiree of 43 years at White Westinghouse in Mansfield, Ohio.

Leon’s quiet, confident, steady ways inspired those he was around. Adding a great sense of humor he made it easy for everyone to talk with him. He will be greatly missed by many.

Leon is survived by two daughters; Linda Frederick and Vanessa (Dave) Ruhl, of Bellville; four grandchildren, Augusta Frederick, of Bellville, Brandon (Stephanie) Ruhl, of Galion, Amanda (Jason) Smith, of Texas, and Britany (Dustin) Gatton, of Mansfield; eight great-grandchildren Aaron and Allison Frederick, Madison and Maci Ruhl, Isabella and Landon Smith, and Broghan amd Emerie Gatton; one great great-grandson William Remaley.

Also surviving Leon are his brother Bennie (Janie) Weikle, of Fredericktown; three sisters Barb (late Gene) Morrison, of Galion, Leveta (Weikle) (late Carol) Parker, of Bellville, and Arlene (Weikle) Ward, of Marion; sister-in-law Linda Weikle, of Fredericktown; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

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Leon was preceded in death by his wife Lois (Parker) Weikle, his parents Gerald and Bernice (Pence) Weikle, brothers Carlis, Arnold, and Palmer Weikle; and sister Annalee (Weikle) Slaughter.

We will all see you again soon. We love you Papa, tell Mama “hi.”

The Weikle family will receive friends Friday, June 9, 2017 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will begin at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to the Jefferson Township Rescue Squad or the Alzheimer’s Association may be made through the funeral home.

Online condolences to his family may be made by visiting SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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