WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Rev. H. Dean McElroy, 84, of West Lafayette, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 12, 2010. He passed away at Lafayette Point Nursing and Rehab Center, West Lafayette.

He was born Thursday, April 8, 1926, in Steubenville, to the late Harry C. McElroy and Margaret (Merryman) McElroy.

Dean served in the Navy during World War II. When returning, he married his wife, Ruth (Lenarz) on Sept. 17, 1952.

Dean received his calling and attended Asbury College where he received his Doctorate in Ministry. He served many churches and touched many lives during his 48 years in the ministry and finally retried in 2003. Dean enjoyed spending time with his family and gardening. He was a member of East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Along with his wife of 57 years, Dean is survived by three daughters, Rebecca Terrell of West Lafayette, Carolyn (Larry) Barr of New Concord and Janie (Mike) Layton of West Lafayette; five grandchildren, Michael (Penny) Williams, Tiffany Layton, Sean (Laura) Bordenkircher, Craig (Kendra) Bordenkircher and Courtney Layton; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Williams and Teagan Bordenkircher; two brothers, James (Marge) McElroy and Darrell (Harriet) McElroy, all of Wintersville; and three sisters-in-law, Norma Miller of New Philadelphia, Barbara Booth of Victoria, Texas, Bernie Slaven of Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by an older brother, Donald McElroy.

Services were July 16, 2010, at the West Lafayette United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sue Chidley officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery, West Lafayette. Military services were conducted by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard, The Addy Funeral Home in Newcomerstown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to: West Lafayette United Methodist Church, 120 W. Union Ave., OH 43845.

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