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Donald L. Kochheiser

Donald L. Kochheiser, 83 of Ohio Veterans Home of Sandusky, departed this life February 12, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Don was born to Dora and Clifford Kochheiser July 25, 1933 in Galion.

He graduated from Galion High School in 1950 then joined the Navy in 1951 to 1953 where he received a Battle Star, during the Korean War for being in enemy waters. After his service, he worked for Galion City Schools helping prepare for the schools new addition. In 1958, Don joined the Galion Police Force, where he was Badge Number One and loved being a Galion Policeman. In 1967, he and his wife, Doris, started a furniture refinishing business, that was well known all over Ohio. They also enjoyed collecting antiques and had an antique shop on West Summit Street in Galion. Don also had a Modular Home Setup Business for many years. He was a woodcrafter by trade, he and his wife Doris had a craft shop called Kochheiser Korners in Galion. Don was best know for his reproduction hobby horses and Paul Revere tin lanterns and was very very proud of his work. NBC Channel 4 of Columbus traveled to Galion and did a story on his adult size rocking horse, his greatest feat!! Don also was very privileged to fly on the Honors Flight to Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kochheiser is survived by two sons and daughters in law, Jerry (Cindy) Kochheiser and Joe (Micki) Kochheiser all of Galion. Two bothers, Howard (Dardnell)Kochheiser of Lucas, Richard (Carol) Kochheiser of Galion, a stepbrother Larry Holloway of Mansfield.
Three grandchildren, Joe (Christy) Halbedel of North Carolina, Ashley Kochheiser of Coschocton, Wes Kochheiser of Galion. Two great grandchildren Savannah Lee and Kaitlyn Marie Halbedel of North Carolina. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was welcomed to his heavenly home by his wife Doris, mother Dora, father Clifford, stepmother Erma, brothers Harry, Lawrence and Max Kochheiser, sister Faith Bilger, stepbrother Virgil Holloway, and all of his numerous loved dogs in his life.

The family would like to thank the Ohio Veterans Home for his wonderful, loving care over the last few years.

Private services will be held at Giffin Chapel, Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, with burial following immediately in the Ohio Veterans Cemetery with full military services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Crawford County Humane Society or the Honors Flight, both things he loved.

Toft Funeral Home and Crematory, Sandusky is handling arrangements for his family.