Maurice "Dutch" William Sechler
COLUMBUS - Maurice "Dutch" William Sechler, 91, of the Claremont Retirement Village, Columbus, died at 4:50 a.m. Saturday.
Dutch was born on May 15, 1921, in Salem and resided at the Depot Street home (nka S. Ellsworth Ave.). He was the son of Gus and Renee (Rodier) Sechler. He was raised in the Salem area, and graduated in 1939 from the Salem High School. On Aug. 11, 1940, he married the love of his life, the former Betty England who was a 1940 graduate from Salem. They made their home on North Broadway in Salem. He started working as an electrician at the former Mullins Mfg. Co. in Salem, March, 1941. On March 23, 1944 he was inducted into the US Navy, and served until Feb. 6, 1946 during World War II. He was an Electrician's Mate Third Class and attended Submarine and Gyro Compass School. He was awarded the Victory Ribbon, American Area, Asiatic-Pacific, and Point System.
He returned to Salem, and continued his life here with Betty. They had moved in Salem to the Goshen Road. He not only worked at Mullins Mfg. Co. in Salem as a superintendent, he also worked at Alliance Wall as a plant manager and Youngstown Metal Products as a plant manager. They were members of the Salem First Christian Church, he was a life member of the VFW Post # 892, a charter member of the AMVETS Post # 45, and a member of the Salem Saxon Club. Dutch and Betty later moved to Norton, Ohio and then on to Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his daughter, Dawn (Husband Herbert) Douce of Powell, Ohio; and a son, Gene Sechler of Norton, Ohio; a sister, Francie Tuel of Salem; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife on Oct. 1, 2001, a daughter, Rosemary Ritenour; and a brother, William Sechler.
Dutch requested that there be no calling hours and a private family viewing prior to the services for the family. Services were held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 at 1:30 p.m., Grandview Cemetery Chapel. A time of visitation was held from noon-1 p.m. at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home in Salem.
The Salem Honor Guard provided full military burial rites at the cemetery. The family has requested that memorial contributions to be made to the Salem High School Alumni Association 330 East State Street, Salem, Ohio 44460 or to the Salem AMVETS Post # 45, 750 South Broadway Avenue, Salem, Ohio 44460. Personal tributes may be made to www.apgreenisenfh.com.