Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER – Lavon A. œRed  Liebhart, 85, of Wooster, Ohio (formerly of both Ashland and Mansfield, Ohio), passed in peace on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his home.
He was born in Mansfield, Ohio on January 9, 1934, son of the late Elza and Ida Liebhart.   He married A. Louise (Kirkpatrick) Liebhart on January 20, 1958, who survives him; they enjoyed over 61 years of marriage.   He had three children, Ken (Wendy) Liebhart, Rob (Emily) Liebhart and Barb Chapin.   He is also survived by many grandchildren, his sister JoAnn (Liebhart) Ensminger and sister-in-law Marie (Kirkpatrick) Percy.  Lavon was a loving husband, father and grandfather, but most of all, had great faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, whom He is now with. To say that he will be missed is an understatement.   All that knew him will feel his loss forever.
Lavon graduated from Madison High School in 1952 and then served with the Air National Guard, being called into active service with United States Air Force.   He retired after 22 years as a Tech Sergeant.   Lavon started his career building houses with his father, after which he chose to enlist in the Air National Guard, and then jumped in on the ground floor of computers, retiring as the IT Director of his company.   He enjoyed 20+ years of retirement, enjoying family, travel, gardening and woodwork.   He volunteered for the American Red Cross from 1998 to 2015 on the disaster relief team, both locally and nationally. He was a man who was intelligent with both his mind and his hands.   Lavon was an active member and deacon of Smithville Brethren Church, where he attended regularly.  
A private burial will happen on Monday, August 12.   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 13 at Smithville Brethren Church, 193 East Main Street in Smithville.  
Lavon was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Rich Chapin and brother-in-law, Ed Percy.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Brethren Church, 193 E. Main St., Smithville

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  1. Sorry to hear of your loss. He always had a smile on his face when I would meet him. He did not speak much but was always listening when I was in the room. I have fond memories when my brother was borrowing his truck to go get lumber for a project at home. I will miss him also even from here.

  2. There are no words that can express my deepest heart felt sympathy, for Louise and her family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  3. So very sorry to hear this. He was a very good guy. He was a pleasure to be around.

  4. Paul and I send our deep Condolences to the Liebhart Family…Louise we knew both of you from the First Church of God several years ago, and want to let you know we remember both of your sweet lives and kindness. Our hearts ache for you and the family and we are Trusting God to give y’all peace and comfort from Our Heavenly Father…where Lavon is walking the streets of Gold. Our Love and Prayers….Paul and Peggy Ludwig

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Lavon. I remember the good Samaratan he was many years ago when John had back surgery and everything was going wrong at the house. He was my hero! You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Rob,
    Jeff and I wanted to let you know we are sorry for your loss. We are keeping you and your family in thought during this sad time. May the wonderful memories you hold of your Dad help you through this difficult phase.

  7. Louise and family
    Sorry to hear about Lavon and you have my sympathy. I will keep you in my prayers. I first met Lavon when we went to the church camp and worked on one of the cabins. I enjoyed our fellowship at church. He was a quiet person. I liked him.
    May God bless you and keep you close to Him .
    In christian love, Ray


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