Danny Lee Thatcher, a lifelong farmer and resident of Middle Point, passed away at the age of 80 on April 4, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Danny was born on April 21, 1940 to Floyd and Harriet (Hanby) Thatcher. He graduated from Hoaglin Jackson High School where he met the love of his life, Phyllis Jean Wisener. They were high school sweethearts and married for 61 wonderful years.
Danny is preceded in death by his sister Barbara Thatcher and son Kevin Thatcher.
He is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Melanie (Dennis) Miller, brother Clair (Diane) Thatcher, and brother-in-law Donny (Sharon) Wisener. Danny was a loving grandfather to eight adoring grandchildren, Dustin (Aaron) Miller of Columbus, Kory (Paige) Thatcher of Van Wert, Austin (Ericca) Miller of Middle Point, Kyle (Reagan) Thatcher of Middle Point, Morgan (Benjamin) Warnecke of Delphos, Kaylee (Steven) Rickard of Van Wert, Logan Miller of Minneapolis, Julia (Chandler) Adams of Bowling Green, and one sweet great-grandson, Keegan Todd Thatcher.
Danny was a devoted husband and father. Outside of family, his biggest passion was farming for Thatcher Family Farms. He loved to travel and ride his Goldwing, hitting 48 states throughout his life with his friend, Gary Cooper. He also loved spending time with family, friends, and his trusty canine companion, Spook.
Danny was a patron of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center where he and his wife enjoyed attending concerts. He was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
Danny was a strong, brilliant, and respected man in his community. He leaves behind a legacy of hard work, compassion, and love to all who knew him.
Family and friends are invited to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home to celebrate his life at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 9, 2021 with Pastor Chris Farmer officiating. Interment will follow in Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at the funeral home.
Preferred Memorials are to Middle Point Ballpark Association.
To share in Danny's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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