March 25, 1943-Dec. 25, 2011
Dennis Lynn Hirn, 68, of Ridge Township, joyfully celebrated Christmas with his family and unexpectedly passed away, Dec. 25, 2011.
It was fifty years after his betrothal to his wife, Joyce R. (McCleery) Hirn, who survives along with their son, Colby Lynn Hirn, of Van Wert and Columbus.
Dennis was born March 25, 1943, at home in Spencerville to Juliana Louise “Dottie” (Miller) Hirn and Karl Englehart “Bud” Hirn, who died from World War II injuries. At the age of 6, Dennis moved to a rural Venedocia farm after his mother married E. Vaughn Morgan. Both are deceased.
Other survivors are brothers, Janic Lee Hirn (Patricia) of Clarkston, Michigan, and Karl Dean Hirn (Kathleen) of Lima, plus six Hirn nephews and their families; Donald (Judy) of Michigan, Brent (Lauren) of New York, Jeffrey (Stacey) of Florida, Darrin of Kentucky, Brandon and Bryan of Lima, and ten great nieces and nephews. A sister-in-law, Sharon (James) McConnell of Wellington, and brother-in-law Ronald (Joy) McCleery of Van Wert survived him, but he is now deceased. A sister, Judith M. Hirn; and a nephew, Justin Hirn, are also deceased.
Mr. Hirn was in the first graduating class of Lincolnview High School and attended The Ohio State University and Columbus Business University. The Hirns married August 24, 1963. He was employed at Lima J.C. Penney for 10 years and later managed two J.C. Penney stores in Toledo. He served as Women’s Fashion Merchandiser for the Detroit District, coordinating with the New York office, and as a Personnel Interviewer for the Eastern Region. Returning full-time to Van Wert, he joined the Winkle car dealership as sales manager and also general manager, and later Anchor Propane as office manager. In recent years, he worked with S.I. Distributing in sales and transportation plus he assisted with the planting and harvesting on the family farm.
Hirn was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, where he served as administrative board chairman, worship chairman, financial secretary and Sunday school teacher; bowling and softball teams, choir and quartet member; and a lifetime soloist for area churches. He was a Legacy Contributor to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Besides his singing and appreciation for vocal harmony, he was passionate throughout life about his study of vehicles, particularly the Classic Cars; plus traveling to state and national parks, bicycling, and enjoying his pond and the local reservoir with his family and dogs.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service and visitation has been planned for Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m., with the Reverend Greg Wack officiating at Bethel United Methodist Church at 12493 Mendon Road, which is handicapped-accessible.
Visitation will be 1-2 and 3-5 p.m. in the Church Social Room.
Preferred memorials are to Bethel Church or the Van Wert County Foundation either for the Van Wert County Park District Bike-Walking Trail or the Hirn Community Music Fund.