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Obituary of Robert DeChant – Avon, OH (1925-2015)

AVON – Robert P. DeChant, age 89, entered into rest on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. He was born on March 25, 1925 in Avon, Ohio and lived there all his life. He graduated from St. Ignatius High School and served in the United States Navy in World War II on the destroyer USS Waldron as a sonarman 3rd class. He was employed as a supervisor by Lorain Telephone Co. in Lorain and retired in 1983 after 39 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s in Avon, a former Grand Knight and Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus, and a past president of the Holy Name Society, where he was honored as Holy Name Man of the Year. He started the PTU at St. Mary’s, served on the Avon School Board of Education for more than 10 years, coached basketball at St. Mary’s and called bingo at St. Mary’s and the Knights of Columbus Hall in Avon. He was also an avid gardener. He is survived by his children, Karen M. (Ben-dec’d) Cameron of Beavercreek, Ohio, Gerald R. of Columbiana, Eugene E. of Avon, Ronald L. (Colleetta) of Avon Lake, Robert J. (Susan). van Zilvermeer, Oh. Theresa M. (Russell) Williams of Boynton Beach, Florida, Margaret “Peggy” M. (Jeff) Corbitt of Bay Village, and Paul J. of Lakewood, 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and sister-in-law Doris DeChant . He was preceded in death by his wife Ramona (nee Riedner) DeChant, parents Louis and Mary A. (nee Alten) DeChant, and granddaughter Jennifer DeChant. and brothers Richard (Marie) DeChant and Donald (Elizabeth) DeChant. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 23, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the MISENCIK FUNERAL HOME, 36363 Detroit Rd Avon, where a closing prayer will be held on Saturday at 9:30 AM, followed by a prayer meeting at 10:00 AM. . Mass at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Avon. Burial St. Mary’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 2640 Stoney Ridge Road, Avon or Avon Oaks NH Activity Fund, 37800 French Creek Road, Avon.

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