Henry J. "Hank" McCartney, age 92 of Defiance, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, October 28, 2022 at Kingsbury Place in Defiance, Ohio.
He was born on July 8, 1930 to the late Henry and Ruth (Ruppert) McCartney in Hicksville, Ohio. On August 6, 1949 he married Barbara (Merz) McCartney, who preceded him in death on May 22, 2015. They were happily married for 65 wonderful years.
Hank was a member of Defiance VFW #3360, AmVets #1991, Eagles #372, Evansport Fox Club, and "his baby" Moose Lodge #2094. He was a machinist, tool and die maker, and general foreman over production at SK Wayne (Lectrolite). He was a "jack of all trades" and could build anything.For 27 years Hank was the Administrator at Defiance Moose Lodge. Former Mayor Rita Kissner proclaimed June 3, 1995 as Henry and Barbara McCartney Day for their outstanding contributions to the community, both personally and through the Moose Lodge. Also former Mayor Tom Wiseman proclaimed November 2, 1985 as "Henry J. McCartney Day" for his numerous achievements at the Moose Lodge, which included being the first member of the Defiance lodge to receive the Pilgrim Degree. Hank also enjoyed racing stock cars for many years in the Tri-State area. He will be sadly missed by his family and many good friends and colleagues.
Henry is survived by his son, Chuck (Sandy) McCartney of Defiance, his daughter, Charlene (Fred) Hazelton of Pandora, OH, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, and several step-great-grandchildren and step-great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, sisters, Frances Koch, Minnie Weber, Inyce Ankney, and Rosemary Jervis, and his brothers, Ivan and Alfred Bower.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, Ohio. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at the funeral home, with Celebrant Deb Miller officiating. Entombment will follow the service at Riverview Memory Gardens.
Memorials are suggested to ELARA Caring Hospice, or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.