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Ermal Walter Messer

Ermal Walter Messer, 81, of Etna, passed away March 3, 2013, at Tuscany Gardens in Pataskala. He was born in Wayne County, WV, on August 24, 1931, to the late Lonnie and Vadie (Hall) Messer. Walt was a 32nd degree mason and member of the Pataskala F& AM #404, member of the Reynoldsburg Freewill Baptist Church and a life time NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a Cincinnati Reds enthusiast. Walt also worked on cars and was an all-around handyman. He retired from the Liebert Corporation after 27 years of service.

He is survived by his loving family: wife, Frances; children, Rose Mary Davis and Gary Lee (Maria) Messer; two granddaughters, Loretta Rachel Messer and Debbie Marie Messer; two great-grandsons, Kaleb Christian Messer and Chandler Rian Shull; four brothers, Troy, Ernest (Mary Lee), Jess (Wanda), and Eugene (Cathy) Messer; three sisters, Ruth Williamson, Lillian Zeke, and Mary Smyers; mother-in-law, Mary Meade; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walt was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Bradley Davis and three brothers, Claude, Forrest, and Dewey Messer.

A funeral service, celebrating Walt’s life, was held March 6, 2013, in the chapel of the Kirkersville home of Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, with Pastor Jerry Sargent officiating.

A short service will be held on Friday, March 8, 2013 from noon to one at The Church of Christ, Walnut Grove in Crum, WV, with Pastors Jessie Spaulding and Robert Perry officiating. Burial will follow at the Meade Family Cemetery in Crum, WV.

Memorial contributions may be made in Walt’s memory to Tridia Hospice 2215 Citygate Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 or Tuscany Gardens ATTN: Kate Blake 7400 Hazelton-Etna Road, Pataskala, OH 43062

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Hoskinson Funeral and Cremation Service, Kirkersville, is honored to care for the Messer Family.

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