Leroy N. “Lee” Schlabach, 76, of Apple Creek, died Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Leroy, known by most as Lee, was born in Fredericksburg, Ohio, on November 30, 1943 to the late Norman Schlabach and Esther Schlabach (Yoder) and married the love of his life Ada Schlabach (Mast) on August 6, 1966. She survives.
He graduated from Waynedale High School in 1962. His passion for people was evident in the work he did throughout the years. He retired from Pioneer Trails in 2012 after driving charter coach for over 25 years and drove his own transport van until his passing. His time driving brought him deep joy and many friends over the years; he never met a stranger. His passengers always looked forward to his rides, and he took great pleasure in showing them the amazing and interesting sites in this wonderful country.
He had a servant’s heart and deep love for Christ and his country, serving in 1W service at Akron General Hospital during the Vietnam era. He was a lifetime member of the Conservative Mennonite Conference and a charter member of Mennonite Christian Assembly in Fredericksburg.
Whether it was spending time with his Core Group at church, camping with his wife or cheering on his grandkids, he cherished the fond memories made with his family and friends and had a keen awareness for those around him.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: son Lamar (Geneva) Schlabach and two daughters, Pam Schlabach-Williams and Tonya (Dave) Schlabach; eight grandchildren: Daniel Schlabach, Maggie (Austin) Bernreuter, Joshua Schlabach, Hans Schlabach, Chloe Williams, Brady Schlabach, Kennedy Schlabach, Gabby Schlabach; four brothers: Dave (Clara) Schlabach, Allen (Marge) Schlabach, Jim (Marlene) Schlabach and Steve (RuthAnn) Schlabach and two sisters: Freda (Roger) Helmuth and Ruth (Phillip) Drawbond.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob Schlabach.
Services will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 11 AM at Mennonite Christian Assembly in Fredericksburg with Pastor Jeremy Miller officiating. Private graveside services will be held prior in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Monday between 6-8 PM at Mennonite Christian Assembly.
Masks will be required by all attending as well as appropriate social distancing for both events.
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