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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

Justin Richard Wolford

Justin Richard Wolford, 39, of Bronson, Michigan, passed away at 10:38 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 2019, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, following an automobile accident that occurred while he was going home to Michigan from Ohio on Christmas Eve.

Justin Richard Wolford

He was born January 13, 1980, in, Lima, the son of Steven R. Wolford and Sandy (Mason) Bechtol. A 1998 graduate of Pansophia Academy in Coldwater, Michigan, Justin went on to attend The Ohio State University, where he majored in biology. He was a butcher for many years before becoming an electrician with Advanced Farm Supply.

Justin was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing; passions that he was passing along to his girls. A modern Renaissance man, Justin was an accomplished home chef and winemaker, and could often be found blacksmithing and playing his guitar.

A loyal, selfless man with a big heart, Justin would do anything to help those he loved. He was a great father, son, and brother whose biggest, proudest accomplishment was being daddy to his girls.

He is survived by his precious daughters, Miranda and Morgan Wolford, both at home; his mother, Sandy (Tim) Bechtol of Van Wert; his father, Steven Wolford of Colon, Michigan; one sister, Ashley (Chris) Farris of Van Wert; a brother, Evan Wolford of Colon; one stepbrother, Justin Hancock of Apopka, Florida; his grandmothers, Elizabeth Wolford and Naomi “Jane” Mason, both of Van Wert; an aunt, Kim Mason of Van Wert; two uncles, Randy (Sharon) Mason and Harry Stephenson, both of Middle Point; a niece, Kaylee Hobbs; three nephews, Keagan, Kasen, and Kendrix Farris, all of Van Wert; and his best friend, Tad Yesh of Bronson.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Duane Wolford and Richard Mason; as well as two aunts, Deb Thatcher and Christine Stephenson.

A celebration of Justin’s life will be held at noon Saturday, January 4, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Stuart Wyatt officiating. 

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Justin’s memory be made to his daughters’ college funds, care of Steven Wolford.

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POSTED: 12/30/19 at 12:38 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries