2008-07-05 / Obituaries

Howard E. LeFevre

A celebration of the life of Howard E. LeFevre, 101, of Granville, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Reese Center, 1209 University Drive, Newark. Private inurnment will be at Maple Grove Cemetery, Granville.

Mr. LeFevre died June 30, 2008, at Licking Memorial Hospital. He was born May 31, 1907, in Ashland, to the late Harry E. and Ellen (Boren) LeFevre.

Mr. LeFevre graduated from The Ohio State University in 1929 with a degree in architectural engineering. One of his first jobs was manager of a trucking company that contracted with A&P Tea Co. in Youngstown. In 1946, he founded B&L Motor Freight, which began in Columbus but moved to Newark the next year. It now is known as Truck One. Mr. LeFevre drove to work at his Everett Avenue office nearly every day until just a few months ago.

As an active member of the Chamber of Commerce, Mr. LeFevre was instrumental in helping set up OSU's first regional campus in 1957. In 1996, The Industrial Institute of Technology, later renamed The Works, opened in the former Scheidler Machine Works building that Mr. LeFevre bought to save from demolition. On May 18, 2008, The Works, with Mr. LeFevre cutting the ribbon, unveiled the new LeFevre Foundation Administration Building, his last planned addition to the museum.

His family includes daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Dick Fryman, of Granville; and their children, David Fryman, of Nashport, Amy (Mike) Grim, of Chillicothe, and Libby (Luis) Aguirre, of Columbus; a son, the late Jack LeFevre, and daughter-in-law, Sue LeFevre, of Newark; and their children, Catharine (Al) Cattabiani, of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Susan (Phillip) Casby, of Newark, and Tom (Kelly) LeFevre, of Newark; great-grandchildren, Jack, Theresa, Josh, Jessica, Jonathan, Kaitlyn, Andrew, David, Elizabeth and Cristian; and sisterin law, Virginia LeFevre, of Peachtree City, Ga. He also is survived by best friend, Charlotte Pressler, of Newark, and special friend of the family, Jan Kirkendall, of Newark.

In addition to his parents and son, he was preceded in death by his wife, Catharine (Bonner) LeFevre; sister, Frances LeFevre; and brother, Robert LeFevre.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Development Fund of the Newark Campus of The Ohio State University, PO Box 4217, Newark, OH 43058-4217, or to a charity of one's choice.

Henderson-Van Atta Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 N. Fifth St., Newark, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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