Ben A. Romich Jr.

Ben A. Romich Jr., 93, of Creston, died Oct. 1, 2013, after enjoying an active life. Ben was born May 4, 1920, in Creston to Katherine (Ault) and Ben Romich Sr. He graduated from Creston High School in 1938 and lived in Creston his entire life.

Ben married Marian Koontz on Dec. 29, 1942. The couple celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary before her death in 2011. They enjoyed camping when their children were young and traveled extensively together in their later years, including a trip to the U.K.

For his working life, Ben was a farmer in partnership with Gene McKelvey, his late brother-in-law. He also served the community as a village councilman and volunteer fireman. He was an active member of the Creston Presbyterian Church, the Creston Historical Society and supported other organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Wayne County Historical Society, the Junior Fair program and Goodwill Industries.

Ben had a lifelong interest in things mechanical and had an exceptional ability to make and repair a wide range of things in his shop. His skills made him a valuable resource to the local community and he touched many lives in this way. He was an avid collector of early gasoline engines and built many steam and Stirling cycle engine models.

Ben is survived by his sister Shirley McKelvey, of Creston; four children, Barry, of Wooster, Tom, of New York City, Lynn (Art) Hershberger, of Wooster and Philip (Beth) Romich, of Wadsworth; and grandchildren Jennie, Katie, Andrew, Todd, Joshua and Hannah.

Memorials may be made to Creston Presbyterian Church, 13070 Cleveland Road, Creston, OH 44217 or to an organization of your choice in Ben’s name.

Murray Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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