Vance E. Heisler (1926 – 2016)

vance-heislerVance E. Heisler, 90 years, of Ney, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at his home, with his family at his side. Vance was born March 28, 1926 in Farmer, Ohio, the son of the late Steward F. and Clara M. (Beerbower) Heisler. He was a 1944 graduate of Farmer High School. Vance served during World War II as a private first class in the United States Army. He married Arlene A. Jackson on August 29, 1958 in Bryan, Ohio.

An entrepreneur, Vance was a farmer and businessman by trade, always with his eye on a project. He raised cattle and farmed, as well as being involved in several major real estate projects. Most notably, he was a partner in the Deerfield development on the west side of Bryan. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and the Farmer American Legion Post #137, where he made donuts each month. He was also a member of the Farm Bureau, County Cousins and the Farmer Township Cemetery Board and served 36 years as a committee member of the Defiance County ASCS (Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service), including several years as chairman. Vance loved to watch sports, but his biggest passion was farming, building projects and most importantly, his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are his four children, Steve (Cher) Heisler of Woodville, Ohio, Dave (Christine) Heisler of Hilliard, Ohio, Roger (Keith Grigsby) Heisler of Columbus, Ohio, and Martha (Trey) Parrish of Rock Hill, South Carolina; six grandchildren, Zach (Tracey Hopkins) Heisler, Liz Heisler, Quinn Heisler, Ethan Heisler, Toby Parrish and Lukas Parrish. He was preceded in death by his wife, Arlene, two sisters, Joanne Uran and Virginia Brown and brother, Vernard Heisler.

Visitation for Vance E. Heisler will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, Lynn Street Chapel, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan. Funeral services for Vance will be held at 12:00 p.m. Monday, November 21, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1018 Cicero Road, Edgerton, Ohio, with Pastor Kurt Letcher officiating. Interment will follow in Farmer Cemetery, with Military Graveside Rites accorded by the Farmer American Legion Post #137. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider memorial donations be given to Farmer American Legion Post #137, 9944 State Route 249, Farmer, Ohio 43520 or to Zion Lutheran Church, 1018 Cicero Road, Edgerton, Ohio 43517.

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