Wayne Eugene Fireoved, age 103, passed away at his rural Mendon home on Sunday, August 30, 2020.
He was born April 10, 1917, in Mendon, to Thomas George and Edna Mae (Thomas) Fireoved.
Wayne and Hazel Margaret (Copeland) Donovan were united in marriage on May 30, 1956, and she preceded him in death March 12, 2013.
Surviving are their children: Larry (Merry Pas) Donovan of Dryden, Michigan, Lori (Nathan) Weaks of Liberty Center and Dennis (Ann) Fireoved of Mendon.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Roger (Karen) Donovan, Lucinda (Art) Nelson, Lindsay (Josh) Brink, Evan Weaks, Ariel (Shaun Gornall) Weaks, Kelsey (Tim Wilson) Springer and Ethan & Austin Fireoved, five great-grandchildren: Jacob Nelson, Steven & Brian Donovan and Braeden & Evelyn Brink, and a sister-in-law, Harriet Fireoved, of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Wayne was preceded in death by two brothers & a sister: Dale (Pauline) Fireoved, Ruth (Harold) Buckloh and Ralph Fireoved, and a step-son, James Ray Donovan.
After graduating from Mendon-Union High School with the class of 1935, Wayne began farming with his father using horse-drawn equipment. He saw many changes as he continued to farm throughout his lifetime. Wayne was proud to have lived in his rural Mendon home for 93 years.
For 43 years, Wayne owned and operated Fireoved Drainage, working on many area farms. During the winter months, he had been employed as a draftsman at Fanning & Howey in Celina and Birkmeier Monuments in Delphos.
Wayne was a member of Mendon United Methodist Church for many years. A very handy man, he could fix anything. Wayne did metalworking, and had a blacksmith shop on his farm.
As a pastime, he enjoyed woodworking. Some of Wayne's projects included an intricate scale replica of his home, and a dollhouse for his daughter, Lori.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 3, at Mendon United Methodist Church, with Pastor Rob Glenn officiating. Burial will follow at Mendon Cemetery.
Calling Hours are from 4:00-8:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 2, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon, and 10:00-11:00 A.M. on Thursday, at the church.
Those attending are required to wear masks, practice social distancing as much as possible, and follow the COVID-19 guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Mendon United Methodist Church.
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