MANSFIELD, OHIO: God chose Harvey E. Letts, on October 5, 2009, 3 days after his 95th birthday, to go to his eternal Home.
He was born October 2, 1914, in Richland County, Ohio, the son of Dale and Esther (Spice) Letts. Harvey was a Tech 5th grade in the 160th Engineers Battalion, Company A during World War II. He served in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe earning five Bronze Stars, the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, MM-M1 Rifle and Good Conduct Clasp. Harvey belonged to the VFW Post 3494.
Harvey was an automobile body man working many years for Weidner Pontiac and Ingram Oldsmobile. The pride of his work was taking two wrecked cars, cutting them in half and making one beautiful car when he was finished. He attended the Breakfast Club at the Trimble Road McDonald's for several years and was a true family man who had a heart that helped many people including relatives, neighbors and friends.
Harvey married Hazel (Jaynes) Letts June 4, 1938 and they were married for 59 years. She preceded him in death on July 25, 1997. Together they belonged to the Straub Road First Church of the Nazarene and enjoyed spending time at their cabin at the Nazarene Camp Grounds in Columbus for over 40 years.
Harvey is survived by many nieces and nephews; his caregiver and sister-in-law, Janet Sue Jaynes; nephew, Darrell Jaynes; great niece and nephew, Courtney and Cory Jaynes; nephew, Michael (Jamie) Jaynes; great niece, Mandy and her son, Alegacy; great nieces, Brooke and Brittany Jaynes; step niece and nephews, Aaron, Andrew and Hannah Morton; and nieces, Joan Shade of Galion, Ohio; Reba Ackison of Nelsonville, Ohio and Lois Thompson of Middleport, OH.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Hazel Marie (Jaynes) Letts; an infant son, Harry Letts; his parents; a sister, Pauline Zimmerman; a brother, Edgar Letts; and a niece, Susan L. Jaynes.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield, OH 44902 conducted by Pastor Michael G. Rogers and Pastor Michael Weaver.
Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery where full military services will be conducted by the Richland County Veterans Joint Burial Detail. Friends may call one hour prior to the service, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan L. Jaynes Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Richland County Foundation, 24 West 3rd Street, Mansfield, OH 44902.
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