Jerry F. Spoon
Jerry F. Spoon

VAN WERT, Ohio — Jerry F. Spoon, 86, of Van Wert, died at 12:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at CHP Inpatient Hospice Center, Van Wert.

He was born July 27, 1928, in Kirby, Ohio, to the late Marie Elizabeth (Kuntz) and Raymond W. Spoon.

His wife, Helen Maxine (Bolinger), preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 2012. They were married Dec. 27, 1946, at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

Survivors include a daughter: Linda D. (Wayne) Knodel Taylor of Van Wert, three grandchildren: Ryan (Julie) Knodel of Lima, Heidi (Rich) Arney of Van Wert, and Justin “J.J.” Knodel of Asheville, North Carolina, and two great-grandchildren: Alexa Knodel and Alaina Arney.

He was preceded in death by four brothers: Robert J., Raymond V., Carl R. and David R. Spoon, a half-brother: Arthur Albert, and a sister: Virginia Craven.

Jerry co-owned with his brother-in-law, Kenneth Bolinger, the Bon-Ton in Van Wert, then owned and operated with his wife the Goodyear Shoe Store in St. Marys until retiring in 1995 and moving back to Van Wert.
He was a member of St. Marks Lutheran in Van Wert and formerly of Zion Lutheran Church of St. Marys, Ohio, and the American Legion Post 178 of Van Wert. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Van Wert. The Rev. Will Haggis of St. Marks Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert. Military rites at cemetery will be conducted by the combined honor guard of the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts of Van Wert. Calling hours are 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorial is St. Marks Lutheran Church or Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.