US Army

LaVern E. "Vern" Pax

November 17, 1935 ~ May 7, 2022 (age 86)

Tribute

Husband, father, and grandfather, LaVern “Vern” Pax, age 86, of Pickerington, formerly of St. Marys, Ohio, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 7, 2022. He was born November 17, 1935 in Celina, Ohio to the late Edmund J. and Frances K. (Meyer) Pax, the 11th of 15 children. On May 6, 1961 he married his beloved wife, Shirley Fischbach and shared 61 wonderful years of marriage with her. She survives at the residence. Vern is also survived by his children, Renee’ (Dana) Metz, Gilbert, AZ, Dana (Stephen) Farley, Sunbury, OH, and Eric Pax, Baltimore, OH; grandchildren, Kyle Metz, Joshua Metz, Emma Pax, Eddy Pax, Kayla Farley, and Michael Farley; sisters, Bernadette Disque, Florentine Cafferky, Barbara Geiser, Edwina Meyers, and Rita Klosterman; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Brunswich, Leonard Pax, Charles Pax, Ruth Leugers, Norma Irvin, Madonna Issen, Richard Pax, Vincent Pax, and Juanita Schindler.
He graduated from St. Marys Memorial High School in 1953. After a brief career at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., he served in the U.S. Army where he was selected and proudly served as a member of the US Army Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Following his military service, he was employed as an agent for Nationwide Insurance in St. Marys for 32 years. Following his retirement, he and Shirley moved to Pickerington where he engaged in the storage and landscaping business with his son.
He enjoyed spending his time outdoors and meeting people. Vern’s Christian faith was an essential part of his life. He was an engaged member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was always ready with a quick joke or story, but above all, he was immensely proud of his family. He was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and will be dearly missed.
Friends may visit 5-8 pm Wednesday at the Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home, 550 Hill Rd N (St. Rt. #256), Pickerington, and from 10-11 am Thursday at the funeral home. A Vigil Service will be held 7:45 pm Wednesday. Funeral Mass will be 11:30 am Thursday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 600 Hill Rd N, with Fr. Leo Connolly, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Pataskala.
In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in his memory.


Services

Visitation
Wednesday
May 11, 2022

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home
550 Hill Rd. N
Pickerington, OH 43147

Visitation
Thursday
May 12, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Dwayne R. Spence Funeral Home
550 Hill Rd. N
Pickerington, OH 43147

Service
Thursday
May 12, 2022

11:30 AM to TBD
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
600 Hill Road N.
Pickerington, OH 43147

Cemetery

Holy Cross Cemetery
11539 Natl. Rd. SW
Pataskala, OH 43062

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