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Withrich, Alvin C.

Alvin C. Withrich, age 96, of Dalton, died at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare on December 14, 2021. He was born September 14, 1925, in Marshallville, to the late Louis and Anna (Graber) Withrich. He married Alice Mae Shammo on August 21, 1947. They were married for 67 years until her death in 2015.

He is survived by his children Kathy (Bruce) VanDeventer of Santee CA, Al Withrich of Las Vegas NV, Stan Withrich of Knob Noster MO, Walt (Dinna) Withrich of Santa Rosa CA, Val (Dale) Stein of Dalton, Keith (Corrie) Withrich of Dalton, Wendy (Larry) Lengacher of Wooster, and Jackie (Tom) Fry of Dalton, 18 grandchildren and 38 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his son Bradley Withrich and granddaughters Allison Warner and Brittany Rippin.

He is also survived by his sisters Beth Sprunger of Dalton, Eleanor Johnston of Winnetka CA, Martha Herndon of Ft. Pierce FL, and Nancy Davis of Granbury TX.  He is preceded in death by his brother Ralph Withrich and sister Millie Straub.

Alvin’s family moved from Marshallville to Dalton when he was four years old.  He farmed the land and managed a dairy herd along with his brother Ralph until 1997.  After retiring from farming, he worked for a time as a driver for an Amish builder to keep himself busy.  Alvin and Alice enjoyed traveling during their later years, something that wasn’t possible while farming and raising a large family.

Alvin served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II.

Alvin taught his children how to work by example.  He took pride in doing a job right the first time.  His workdays started hours before dawn with the morning milking chores and ended at suppertime, with longer workdays when there were crops to plant or harvest.  Alice’s efforts were geared toward the home.  The exception was when there was hay to make, and she drove the tractor and baler while Alvin carried and stacked each bale on the wagon.  He also taught his children how to laugh.  He delighted in pulling off practical jokes.  April 1st was a favorite day, managing to fool each of his kids as they stumbled into the kitchen for breakfast that day.

There will be no memorial service.  Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at

Donations in his memory may be made to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster OH 44691.  Think of Alvin when you do something for a neighbor, wash your car, enjoy a good meal, care for your loved ones, have a positive outlook, or make straight rows mowing your lawn.

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