Arthur Charles Lersch, 95, of Streetsboro, died March 13, 2014 after a life well lived.
Born Dec. 28, 1918 in Ashland to the late Carrie (Go-Go) Reeb and Arthur Lersch, Mr. Lersch grew up surrounded by farms and family. Following high school graduation, he played in a local dance band, and later did the same in the Army before serving in the Pacific theater during World War II. During the war, he was a radio technician/specialist. He also was assigned to guard Japanese-American soldiers for fear that they would be mistakenly shot by their fellow countrymen. He received an honorable discharge in October 1945 after earning two Bronze Stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Ribbon.
During his working years, in the wee hours of the morning, Mr. Lersch would rise to deliver newspapers so that his children’s college education would be paid. This was after working the third shift at the Twinsburg Chrysler stamping plant where he served as an inspector and quality control technician for 22 years. Once retired from both jobs, he relished in the fact that he could sleep more than three hours at a time. His children remember that every year during Christmas at his sister’s home, he was called upon to make the mashed potatoes. It was a tradition that lasted decades.
Mr. Lersch's favorite pastime was golf. Weather-permitting, he played on average two or three times a week until he was nearly 95. He was joined by numerous friends and family members on many courses throughout northern Ohio. Remarkably, he made two holes in one after age 80. He taught his children, a son-in-law and a grandchild to play as well, but they rarely beat him even during his later years. Additionally, he was a part-time employee at Oak Knolls Golf Course for more than 20 years. Besides being a loving husband, father and grandfather, Mr. Lersch was a good friend to his family and golfing buddies. His even keel and good nature persuaded everyone he came in contact with to like and respect him. He was greatly admired for the calm, simple way that he approached nearly every situation. His strength of character was unsurpassed. He married Jeny Nowakowski in 1952 in Cleveland, and the couple soon moved to Streetsboro to raise their family.
Mr. Lersch is survived by his wife; his three children, Karen and her husband, Harvey Turjan of West Middlesex, Pa.; Lori and her husband, Keith Moeltner of Orefield, Pa. and Arthur (Arch) and his wife, Angela Ricci-Lersch of Merrill, Wis.; and five grandchildren: Christopher, Nicholas, Melanie, Daniel and Isaac, ranging in age from 4 to 29. A memorial service will take place March 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Shorts-Spicer-Crislip Funeral Home, 9781 Page Road, in Streetsboro. Interment, with military honors, will take place at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman March 31 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any local AMVETS (American Veterans) organization. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.sscfuneralhomes.com