CONOVER -- Roger Lynn Van Brackel, 70, of Conover and former Napoleon and Defiance area resident, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013, at his residence.
He was born February 28, 1943, in Defiance, Ohio, and was the son of August J. and Martha B. (Bayliss) Van Brackel.
Roger is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margaret "Peg" (Burns) Van Brackel; three children, son, Chris (Mary) Van Brackel of Lexington, Ky., daughters, Danielle (Judy Lambright) Van Brackel of Kettering, Ohio, Tiffany (Robert Jr.) Brumberg, Cincinnati; two grandchildren, Nicole Elizabeth and Christopher August Van Brackel; two brothers, Larry (Sue) Van Brackel of Defiance and Donald (Madonna) Van Brackel of Coldwater, Mich.; brother-in-law, Richard J. (Riva) Burns of Huntington, W.Va.; and sister-in-law, Ruthann Baker of Ayersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a 1961 graduate of Defiance High School, attended Notre Dame and served his country in the Ohio Army National Guard. Roger and his brothers, along with their father, owned A. Van Brackel & Sons Inc. in Defiance for many years. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Troy, and St. Mary's Catholic Church, Defiance. Roger was a member of the Music Operators of America, past vice president and member of the board of directors for the International Background Music Association and lifetime member of the Elks Lodge 147, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Rotary Club and American Legion Post 117, all of Defiance.
Calling hours will be Friday, September 27, 2013, from 3-8 p.m. in the Schaffer Funeral Home, 529 Jefferson Ave., Defiance. Vigil service is at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, September 28, 2013, at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father John Stites as celebrant. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance, with military honors provided by the Defiance VFW Post 3360.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals. Online condolences may be made at www.schafferfh.com.