LAKEVILLE — George H. Haudenschild, 80, of rural Lakeville died Monday evening, May 3, 2010, surrounded by his family in the home where he was born, grew up, raised his own family, and lived no where else his entire lifetime, following a five-month illness.
George was born April 19, 1930, in Washington Township, Holmes County, the son of the late Paul E. and Esther L. (Long) Haudenschild. George was a 1948 graduate of Loudonville High School, where he was active in sports, 4-H, FFA, and served on the Ohio State Fair Junior Fair Board. Early in his life, he was a dairy farmer, later raising beef cattle. In 1962, he joined his father and brother in the Haudenschild Insurance Agency, working 40 years before retiring in 2002. Beginning at age 14, George joined the “Buckeye Ramblers,” a round and square dance band, playing the piano, trumpet, guitar and serving as the lead singer and square dance caller. In addition to George’s love of family and community, he was an avid fan of the Buckeyes, the Redbirds, the Browns, the Cavs and the Indians.
George was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Loudonville, where he was a former church council member and Sunday school superintendent. He was a 66-year member and past-master of Hanover Grange, and later Nashville Grange. He was a member and past-president of the Loudonville Lions Club where he received the 1994 Lion of the Year Award, and became a Melvin Jones Fellow. Some of his other memberships include: the Mansfield Area Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors where he was a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Roundtable and 2004 recipient of the Howard Doner Lifetime Achievement Award; the Loudonville-Perrysville Athletic, Music, and Academic Boosters, the Mohican Area Growth Foundation, the Mohican Area Community Fund, and former board member of the Ashland County Red Cross. He was a founding member and past-president of the Holmes County Airport Authority.
From 1968 through 1990, George served as the “voice of the Redbirds” as the announcer at Loudonville football and basketball games. In 1979 he received the Dad of Dads Award from the Loudonville Redbird Football team. Because of his gift with words, he was often called upon to be the Master of Ceremonies and Toastmaster at numerous community events.
George is survived by his wife, Shirley M. (Mullet) Haudenschild, whom he married June 14, 1952, at Zion Lutheran Church, Jelloway; two sons, Jeff L. Haudenschild of Loudonville and Eric A. (Cheryl) Haudenschild of Rocky River; two daughters, Gayle A. (Chuck) Christopher of Loudonville and Linda L. (Michael) McBride of Powell; 11 grandchildren, Jessica (Mario Santilli) Haudenschild, Drew Haudenschild, Dylan Haudenschild, Corey (Brittany) Christopher, Darci (Jason) Chaddock, Erin (Gabe Crumley) Christopher, Kelsey McBride, Patrick McBride, Ashley Haudenschild, Zach Haudenschild and Grace Haudenschild; and four great-grandchildren, Cayden and Cillian Christopher, Quinlan Chaddock and Bella Santilli; and one brother, Ed (Barbara) Haudenschild of Loudonville.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, Loudonville, with the Revs. Scott Henderson and Ron Bessert officiating. Burial will be in Loudonville Cemetery. Friends may call Friday from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. in Byerly-Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stained Glass Window Fund of Zion Lutheran Church, 222 E. Main St., Loudonville, OH 44842; or the Paul and Esther Haudenschild Music Scholarship Fund, c/o the Holmes County Education Foundation, 114 N. Clay St., Millersburg, OH 44654; or Hospice of North Central Ohio, 1050 Dauch Drive, Ashland, OH 44805. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.Byerly-Lindsey.com.