Created on Friday, 20 June 2014 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Ernest A. “Ernie” LeVan, 96, of West Mansfield, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at The Homestead at Logan Acres Community.
He operated the City Service Station/Citgo for more than 30 years in West Mansfield and took pride in the fact that a gas station still remains in operation today at the same location.
A 1936 graduate of West Mansfield High School, he was a proud veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army Ohio 37th Division from Feb. 8, 1941, until Aug. 5, 1945.
He spent three and one half years in the South Pacific and recalled vividly the day he was discharged was the day the first atomic bomb was dropped.
He was a charter member of the West Mansfield American Legion and the West Mansfield Conservation Club, a member of the New Salem Lutheran Church, and a former member of the West Mansfield Fire Department.
His hobbies included gardening, square dancing and calling square dances, and working with his Wheel Horse garden tractors.
He was born Nov. 28, 1917, near Zane Caverns to the late William F. and Bernice Steadman LeVan. He also was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Andrea Lehman; four sisters, Bertha Craig, Ida Liggitt, Lorena McMahon and Gertrude Wise; and three brothers, Richard, Fred and Bernard LeVan.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Helen Nicol LeVan, to whom he was married Oct. 31, 1948, at St. John’s Lutheran Church; a daughter, Linda (Richard) Lehman of Pandora; two sons, David (Cheryl) LeVan of West Mansfield; and Ronald (Judy) LeVan of Colorado Springs; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Calling is from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 23, at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, with the funeral service to follow at 7 p.m. Monday with Jack Knox officiating.
Burial with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post 603 will take place in mid-July at Greenlawn Cemetery upon the arrival of family from overseas.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 603 in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.