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Harry G. Stefanyk

September 12, 2015

Harry George Stefanyk, age 93, of Marysville, Ohio formerly of Delaware and Lakeville, Ohio, died peacefully Saturday, September 12, 2015 at Memorial Gables in Marysville. He retired in 1987 as assistant vice-president of Akron Brass Company of Wooster, Ohio after 32 years. Following graduation from high school, he served almost four years in the Royal Canadian Air Force as bandsman where he was stationed at McCloud, Calgary and Toronto. Upon discharge from the RCAF, he attended the School of Hygiene in Toronto and served six years with the Sanitary Engineering Division with the Leeds and Grenville Health Unit in Brockville, Ontario. In 1952, he began his career with Akron Manufacturing Ltd. (Canada) in the irrigation division and later assumed duties as sales manager with the firefighting division. After being promoted as the company’s general manager, he was transferred to Wooster, Ohio. While living in Lakeville, Ohio near Wooster, on his family’s “Four Ponds Farm,” he was active with his son’s and daughter’s FFA and 4-H activities and annually raised a hearty vegetable garden. Upon moving to Delaware during retirement with his wife, Wilda, he led an active lifestyle and assisted the staff at his daughter’s family establishment, Underwood Funeral Home. He also attended many events with the Delaware Senior Citizens. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville and a former member of St. James Episcopal Church in Wooster. He passionately played his euphonium, even for his own personal enjoyment in his nineties, and loved listening to classical music and marches. He was deeply involved with the activities of his grandchildren throughout their growing years and attended many of their musical and athletic events. He will be remembered for his ethnic cooking and as a sprightly conversationalist with a heavy Ukrainian inflection, an attentive spirit and a hearty laugh. He was born August 9, 1922 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada to the late Nickolay and Zonia Tanasichuk Stefanyk. He was predeceased in 2003 by his wife of 52 years, Wilda P. Tennant Stefanyk; in 1981 by his son, Lance M. Stefanyk; four brothers, William “Bill,” John, Mike and Murtt Stefanyk; and four sisters, Irene and Annie Stefanyk, Pearl Koral and Mary Mulek. He is survived by his daughter, Holly (Scott) Underwood of Marysville; three grandchildren, Grant M. Underwood of New Haven, CT, Grace Marie (Caleb Sowers) Underwood of Delaware and Mallory Kathleen (Raleigh) Ingram of Marysville; a great-granddaughter, Amelia Perry Le Ingram; and many loving nieces and nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Underwood Funeral Home where the family will receive friends beginning at 3 p.m. Burial will be 12 noon Wednesday at Jeromesville Cemetery in Jeromesville, Ohio beside his wife and son. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marysville High School or Fairbanks High School FFA programs. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com

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