IN MEMORIAM: BHS CLASS '58 CLASSMATE

Melvin Clarence Rachel ( 1939 -2003)

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( 1939- 2003)

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.”

- Laurence Binyon

MANSFIELD, OHIO -- Melvin Clarence Rachel Jr., 64, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003, after a long illness. Mr. Rachel was born January 14, 1939, in Wolf, West Virginia, living in the Mansfield area most of his life. He retired from Conrail and was a member of Mansfield Baptist Temple. He lived in Ohio, but West Virginia was where his heart was! Mr. Rachel loved fixing up old cars and had numerous muscle cars, trucks and Harley Motorcycles. He loved sports, his favorite being football and basketball. NASCAR was a favorite and #3 Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver.

Mr. Rachel was a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of Eastern Star with his wife. He was a wonderful and loving husband and friend. Mr. Rachel was a kind-hearted man who loved the lord, his church, and held in high regard his loyalty to his family and friends.

Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Willa Rachel of Mansfield; five sons anddaughters-in-law, Lindall and Lisa Rachel of Galion, Scott and AmyRachel of Ohio, Jeff and Lori Cochran of Mansfield, Todd and Theresa Cochran of Mansfield and Kent and Amy Rachel of Crestline; two daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Chris Buchanan of Columbus and Beverly and Luke Thomas of Mansfield; 17 grandchildren, Shannon, Brook, Shawn and Daniel Rachel, Adam, Brittainey, and Logan Dallas, Cody, Kayla, Chris and Danielle Cochran, Taryn, Devin, and Dylan Ohl and Brandon Buchanan,Tyler and Morgan Thomas; two brothers, Gordon Rachel of Mansfield and Jack Rachel of Bay Town, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews and good friends, including two best friends, David Sizemore and Ronnie Cox. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin C. and Louise Rachel Sr.; a sister, Daisy Howell; and a granddaughter, Nikki Rachel.

( Photograph from BHS Class '58 - 39th reunion on June 28, 1997.)

Death Notice furnished by: Elbert "Dizzy" Harris, BHS Class '56.

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