Laurence van der Oord, 81, of Vermilion, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at St. John West Shore Hospital, following a brief illness. He was born October 17, 1925 in Detroit, MI. He was raised in the Lorain and Brownhelm Township areas and graduated from Brownhelm High School in 1943. Laurence received his Bachelor of Science in education at Bowling Green. He had made his home in Vermilion for the last year. Lawrence served in the United States Army Air Corp during World War II. He was employed at the Lorain School System for 34 years as a physical education teacher, before retiring in 1981. He was a member of Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ in Vermilion. He was also a member of the
Vermilion Amvets Post 22. Laurence was active with high school football and basketball, officiating for over 30 years. His hobbies included bowling, sports, crossword puzzles, reading and cards.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Ann van der Oord (nee Northeim); his son, Larry van der Oord, of Avon Lake; his daughters, Linda van der Oord, of Vermilion, Ann van der Oord, of Ft. Myer, FL, and Judy Marks, of Pataskala; seven
grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sisters, Elene Mayer, of Vermilion, Margaret Bates, of Amherst, Alida Leimbach, of Vermilion, and Dorothy Spence of
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Margaret van der Oord (nee Monaghan).
Friends may call Friday, May 4, 2007 from 2 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 1: 30 P.M. in the funeral home. The Rev. Elizabeth Terrell, Pastor of Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, will officiate. Burial will be in Brownhelm Cemetery, Vermilion with Military Honors provided by the Vermilion Veterans Council. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Brownhelm Congregational United Church of Christ, 2144 North Ridge Road, Vermilion, OH 44089. Arrangements are being handled by the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.