Howard Treer (1942 – 2014)

Howard Treer WEBHoward “Jim” Treer, 72, of Montpelier passed away Wednesday at Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice.  A lifelong resident of Montpelier, he was born on February 16, 1942 to Robert and Glema (Sayles) Treer.  Jim attended Montpelier High School.  He married Kay L. Lattanner.

During the Korean War Jim was a mechanic in the US Air Force.  He retired from Hutch’s Towing and Recovery after 32 years.  Jim attended the Montpelier Church of Christ and enjoyed the Montpelier Senior Center.  He loved to travel, especially in Canada.  He will be remembered as a good father and family man.

He is survived by his mother Glema Treer of Lehigh Acres, Florida; one son Brian Treer of Napoleon; two brothers John (Sharon) Treer of Crossville, Tennessee and Randy (Susan) Treer of Westerville, Ohio; three sisters, Karen Poole of Toledo, Ohio, Connie Hale of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Cathy (Chip) Pease of Dover, New Hampshire.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, wife Kay, son Patrick Treer and two brothers, Ken and Keith Treer.

Visitation for Jim will be on Wednesday November 5th from 10am -1pm at the Thompson-Geesey Funeral Home, Empire Chapel 335 Empire Street in Montpelier.  Service will be at 1pm at the funeral home with Pastor John Rumple to officiate.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier with military graveside rites.  Donations may be made to the Williams County Veterans Memorial Fund or to the Montpelier Senior Center.  Online condolences can be left for the family at

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