John W. Van Laar, 90, of Celeryville, died Tuesday evening, August 26, 2014 in his home after an extended illness. John was born May 7, 1924 in Rock Valley, Iowa, the son of the late Gerard and Tena (Kooima) Van Laar. He had lived in Celeryville most of his life and was a 1942 graduate of New Haven High School. After graduation John served in the US Navy during World War II. He was the Wiers Farms maintenance shop manager for over 60 years before retiring in 2007. John was responsible for designing, building and maintaining many of the machines and equipment used to plant, harvest and process the muck crop produce for the farm. He was a turkey and deer hunter, making many trips to Pennsylvania with his friends, but he loved playing golf. He was a member of the Willard Golf Club, where his foursome usually included his friends, Cal Cok, Bob Buurma and Jim Buurma. He also loved the Ohio State Buckeyes football and basketball teams.

John was a member of the Willard Christian Reformed Church where he served 18 years on the Consistory as an Elder and Deacon, and was the Sunday School Superintendent and a teacher for over 25 years.

John is survived by his wife, Marjorie A. Wiers Van Laar, whom he married June 25, 1946; two sons: David (Carol) Van Laar of Wynona, Ill., and John N. (Sonia) Van Laar of Irvine, Calif.; two daughters: Carole Noble of Celeryville and Linnea Kuipers of Spring Lake, Mich.; four grandchildren: Carrie (Scott) Thomason of Sugar Hill, Ga., Chad Robinson of Orient, Brandon (Carly) Van Laar of Watkinsville, Ga., and Wesley (Jenni) Robinson of Leland, N.C.; nine great-grandchildren: Raven, Syi, Maya and Marley Robinson, Jordan, Carter and Camden Thomason, and Aiden and Avery Van Laar; and four sisters-in-law: Eloise Van Laar of Grand Rapids, Mich., Joyce (Jerry) Boerman of Green Valley, Ariz., Tress Wiers and Faith Wiers, both of Celeryville. John was preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother Maatje Cok Van Laar, his sister, Frances Shaarda and his brother, Jacob "Jack' Van Laar.

Services will be held Saturday, August 30 at 11 a.m. in Willard Christian Reformed Church, Celeryville, with Pastor Terence Visser officiating. Private burial with military honors will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, New Haven. Friends may call Friday from 5-8 p.m. in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions be given to the Celeryville Christian School, 4200 Broadway Road, Willard, Ohio 44890 or Willard Christian Reformed Church, 4163 Broadway Road, Willard, Ohio 44890. Walt Lindsey and the Lindsey Funeral Home, Loudonville is honored to be assisting the Van Laar family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Nicholas A. "Nick" Frankart, 29, resident of Mt. Vernon, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Visitation will be held at the Church of the Nazarene, 4414 Townline Road 12, Willard, on Tuesday September 2, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the church on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

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