Larry 'Moe' Brubaker


NAPOLEON -- Larry "Moe" Brubaker, 75, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at his residence.

He was born July 9, 1938, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Richard L. Brubaker and Dorothy (Jackson) Slee. Richard died in 1948, and his mother married Walter "James" Slee.

On October 21, 1962, he married Judith Conners, and she preceded him in death on June 24, 2002. Moe was a 1957 graduate of Napoleon High School. He has been the sports editor for the Northwest Signal from 1956 to present and served on OHSAA computer football poll voting since 1972. Throughout his career in sports publication and community involvement he had achieved many awards and distinctions, some of which include: 1981 Napoleon Citizen of the Year, 1999 OHSAA Integrity, Ethics and Sportsmanship Award, numerous service awards from the northwest Ohio basketball and football coaches' associations, the parade marshal for the 2001 Henry County Fair Tomato Festival, president and campaign chairman for Henry County United Way, and a weekly volunteer at the Henry County Hospital. He was also a member of the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Hall of Fame, inaugural class of the NHS Athletic Hall of Fame, served on the board of directors of the Northwest State Community College Foundation, and was a former member of the Optimist Club.

Moe was a faithful member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon.

He is survived by his children, Tad (Wendy) Brubaker of Plainfield, Ill., Tandy (Randy) Schwaiger of Napoleon, Tyler Brubaker (Natalie) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Taggart (Jessica) Brubaker of Napoleon; grandchildren, Derek, Hannah, Hayley, Chad (Megan), Spencer, Cameron, Cassidy and Chloe; great-granddaughter, Emma; brothers, Richard (Cathy) Brubaker of Napoleon, Kenneth Brubaker of Napoleon, James "Shark" Slee of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister-in-law, Susan (David) Dill; and brother-in-law, Paul Limpach.

He was also preceded in death by brothers, Steven Brubaker and William Brubaker; and sister, Linda Limpach.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 2-9 p.m. at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, where a scripture service will be held at 8:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Brubaker Scholarship Fund which benefits Northwest State Community College Early Education Program, in honor of the late Judy Brubaker. Online condolences may be made at

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