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Elmer N. Vorst

Born: Tue., May 20, 1924
Died: Wed., Feb. 25, 2015


Visitation

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Mar. 01, 2015
9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Mon., Mar. 02, 2015
Location: Heitmeyer Funeral Home


Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Mon., Mar. 02, 2015
Location: St. Anthony Catholic Church


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Elmer Norbert Vorst

   Columbus Grove – Elmer Norbert Vorst, 90, of Columbus Grove died 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Hilty Home in Pandora.  

   He was the eldest son of Ben and Anna (Hovest) Vorst and was born May 20,1924 in Kalida.  He married Audrey Wenzinger on February 5, 1947 and she preceded him in death on October 14, 2003.  They were married 56 years.

  Survivors include his children: Judy (Barry) Bastian, Hilton Head, SC, Barbara (Doug) Sodders, Lima, Carol (Randy) Hemker, Louisville, KY, Tim (Wendy) Vorst , Asheville, NC, and Pat (Julia) Vorst, Columbus Grove.  He raised Tom (Jeanne) Wenzinger from the age of 2.   Also surviving are 19 grandchildren: Barry Bastian, Jeremy and Kent Jerwers, Jenna Dulle, Kara Grime, Matt Jackson, Nathan and Bo Sodders, Ryan, Lauren, and Lexi Hemker, Caitlin Banks, Eric Vorst, Mackenzie and Aaron Vorst, Renee Zimmerly, Liz Jannuzzi, Katie Stechschulte, and Ben Wenzinger; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Carl (Ruth) Vorst, Kalida, and Tom Vorst, Frostproof, FL; a sister: Elaine Schroeder, Columbus Grove; and a sister-in-law: Mildred Vorst, Kalida.

   He was preceded in death by 2 daughters: Susan Vorst and Joyce Jerwers; a son-in-law: Don Jerwers; a granddaughter: Alisa Bastian; a brother: Harold Vorst; a sister: Sarah (Alfred) Meyer; and a brother-in-law: Dave Schroeder.

   Elmer was a lifelong farmer.  He was a member of NFO,  St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove, and Knights of Columbus, Columbus Grove.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, playing cards, bowling, drinking coffee with his Subway buddies, and an avid and creative inventor of gadgets around the home and farm.  He managed trucking and beet harvesting businesses and was the former owner of Club 65, Columbus Grove.     

   A Mass of Christian Burial will begin 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Columbus Grove with Fr. Tom Extejt officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday 2 to 8 p.m. and Monday 9 a.m. till time of service at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Columbus Grove where a scripture service will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday. 

   Memorial contributions may be made to Putnam County Hospice, Putnam County CAP, or St. Anthony’s Endowment Fund.  

   Condolences may be expressed at www.heitmeyerfhatgrove.com.

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Keith Osterhage
   Posted Thu February 26, 2015
My prayers and sympathies to all members of the Elmer Vorst family from here in Washington, D.C. Elmer was a cousin and life-long friend of my mom (I am the oldest of Paul and Dorothy Osterhage's children) and he gave my mom a job when she very much needed one. I know he was always a good and kind man to all who knew him. May he enjoy the bliss and glory of the life above. Keith Osterhage

Joe & Ruth Gerdeman
   Posted Thu February 26, 2015
To all of the Elmer Vorst Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers. We have fond memories of visiting with Elmer at the nursing homes when we listened to the Country Gentlemen play. Elmer was always interesting to talk to. He will be sadly missed by many.
Love, Joe & Ruth

Sharon Quick
   Posted Fri February 27, 2015

GARDEN PATH was sent by The Hall Family.

Barry and Family,There's so much that should be said at this time, but no words seem adequate. We hope you know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time and in the days to come. With Our Deepest Sympathy George,Patty,and Sharon (Hall)


Keith Osterhage
   Posted Sat February 28, 2015
From Washington, DC, my prayers and sympathies to the Vorst Family. As the oldest of Paul and Dorothy Osterhage, Elmer Vorst was known as friend and cousin--especially to my mom, and a good and kind man. He now knows the joy and bliss of the life above.

Paulette Osterhage
   Posted Sat February 28, 2015
Elmer will be missed by so many who loved him. My mom, Dorothy, was very fond of Elmer and spoke highly of him. She had great memories from Club 65 and she worked there in the 70's. I know he was a great hard working man and will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathies go out to the family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Paulette Osterhage

Tom and Pam jerwers
   Posted Sat February 28, 2015
Thinking of all of you !
Tom and Pam Jerwers and family.

Bill Hayes
   Posted Thu March 05, 2015
Tim, my condolences on the death of your Father. Appears he had a very full life. Look forward to seeing you back at work.

Sincerely, Bill Hayes

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