Junior Earl Defibaugh 91, of Bellefontaine, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Earl was born June 22, 1927, in Union City, Ind., a son of Russell Earl and Jesse Phillips Defibaugh. Earl moved to Logan County in 1949 where he owned and operated two hardware stores, Bellefontaine Hardware and Rushsylvania Hardware, and later owned the local bottled gas company in Rushsylvania.
Earl also built several homes in and around the Bellefontaine area.
However, his real calling was with the railroad industry as he retired as an engineer after a long and distinguished career. After his railroad career, as a volunteer Earl drove the engines of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway through the hills between Nelsonville and Logan, Ohio, for another 30 years.
He coached several of his sons’ baseball teams and cherished time spent with his kids and grandkids, especially if that included teaching them how to fish. He was a devoted husband and loved nature and nature preservation. From a spiritual perspective he attended and visited with the staff of Hillcrest Baptist Church, and tied life’s encounters to Biblical scripture.
He was also a U.S. Corps veteran of World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn (Kelly) Defibaugh; children, Deborah June (William) Birt, Dennis James Defibaugh, Russell Wayne (Corinne) Defibaugh, Marqua Lou Myers, Lee Earl (Pamela) Defibaugh, Andy G. (Kathy) Defibaugh, Timothy (Lisa) Harshfield, Bryan Earl (Brenda) Defibaugh, Paul J. (Megan) Defibaugh, Michael D. (Amanda) Defibaugh and Tom W. (Chasity) Defibaugh; one brother, Harold “Curly” (Martha) Defibaugh; and numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three children, Jeff Defibaugh, Christy Defibaugh and David Defibaugh.
Pastor Daniel McCarty officiates a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Jennings Farley & Seeley Funeral Home and Crematory, 5591 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, where visitations is from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10. Burial is in Highland Memorial Cemetery.
Earl’s family would also like to express a special thanks to the staff of Interim Health Care & Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Interim Health Care & Hospice, 3745 Shawnee Road, Suite 108, Lima, OH 45806.
Express condolences at www.jenningsfarley.com.