Ross Barry Kloetzly, 88, of Lakeside, passed away peacefully with his family by his side Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.
He was born in Wadsworth on June 13, 1925, a son of the late Clarence and Edith Barry Kloetzly. He also was preceded in death by an infant son, Larry.
On Aug. 17, 1949, he married Jeanette Buckingham and she survives, along with children, Elaine (Paul LaVoy) of Green Valley, Ariz., Christine (Scott) Vermillion of Painesville, Tom (Carol) Kloetzly of Macedonia and Mary Ann (Todd) Henley of Marysville; grandchildren, Rebecca (Chris) Vermillion Haun, Andrea (Patrick) Chasteen, Bradley (Cara) Kloetzly, Kyle Kloetzly and Macauley Kloetzly.
Ross was a veteran of the United States Navy, proudly serving his country during World War II and the Korean War. He was a graduate of Ohio Northern University in Ada, where he received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy. He was a pharmacist for many pharmacies throughout his career, as he owned and operated the Belle Center Pharmacy in Belle Center and also worked at Green’s Drug Store in Port Clinton, retiring in 1991.
He was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lakeside, where he was on the dartball team; part of the Red Bird Mission and member of the Lakeside United Methodist Men’s Club; member of the Belle Center Kiwanis Club; past school board president at Belle Center Local School District; member of the Belle Center United Methodist Church where he served as the Sunday School Superintendent; and a member of the Sandusky Stroke Club.
Ross and Jeanette moved to Lakeside in 1979. He owned and managed the Der Markt Platz grocery store in Lakeside for five years. He was also a volunteer at Magruder Hospital in Port Clinton. His hobbies included playing shuffleboard, walking, watching baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians and the Toledo Mud Hens, and he was an avid reader.
A celebration of his life memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Lakeside United Methodist Church, 450 Central Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440, with Pastor Vern Shepherd officiating. Burial and graveside services are at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Woodlawn Cemetery, 200 College St., Wadsworth 44281.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Red Bird Mission in care of the Lakeside United Methodist Church.
Cards may be sent to 9400 Northshore Blvd., Apt. 315, Lakeside Marblehead, OH 43440.
Arrangements were handled by the Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, Peninsula Chapel, Lakeside-Marblehead, where condolences may be expressed at www.neideckerleveckcrosser.com