Berl LaVern Hilborn, 82, longtime Morral resident, passed away early Friday morning, March 28, 2014, surrounded by family after finding out only a week earlier he had cancer.
He was born April 1, 1931, in Crawford County, the son of Chester W. and Viola D. (Cover) Hilborn.
After graduating from Morral High School in 1950, Berl spent a short time at Bowling Green State University before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War.
He married Martha Jean Null Jan. 8, 1955. They were married for more than 45 years before she passed away in 2000.
Many may also remember him and his identical twin brother, Merl, as co-owners of Twin Sunoco on North Main during the 1950s. Berl worked for many years with Wyandot Blacktop and continued to service vehicles of his friends and the Morral community. Berl continued to keep busy by assisting in the seasonal farm chores with the Forry Farms.
Berl was quite active in the community, including service with the Salt Rock Township Fire Department, Ridgedale Lion's Club, Marion Moose Lodge No. 889 and Post 3313 of the VFW, and he volunteered to deliver Mobile Meals. This small paragraph exemplifies the awesome display of the life Berl enjoyed.
Not to be forgotten, he embarked on solving the world problems with the other members of his breakfast club.
Berl will be remembered as one who always had a laugh and a smile, enjoying the simple things in life such as playing cards, dancing, watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.
He very much enjoyed and will be missed by his four children, Lynne Mathews of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Tim (Cheryl) Hilborn of Fredericktown, Ted (Deb) Hilborn of Tiffin and Johnna (Jim) Drozdowski of Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, with triplets expected this summer; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Chris Smith; two sisters, Glendoris Lamb and Geraldine Schertzer; and special twin brother, Merl Hilborn.
Friends may call from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Grand Prairie Baptist Church, 4983 Marion-Upper Sandusky Road, Marion (Brush Ridge).
Services celebrating his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church, with the Rev. Joe Sopher officiating. Burial will follow at Grand Prairie Cemetery, Marion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salt Rock Township Fire Department, 143 S. Green St., Morral, OH 43337.
Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion, OH 43302, (740) 387-9136, is honored
to have been chosen to serve Berl's family.
Private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.