John O. Reiber, 89, of Huron, died Friday, March 2, 2007, in his home, after a brief illness.
He was born Aug. 28, 1917, in Erie County, and lived the majority of his life in Vermilion Township.
He graduated from Vermilion High School in 1935. After graduation, he sailed on the Great Lakes as a deck hand on the George R. Fink with his brother, George. He also worked on his father’s farm in Vermilion Township and in 1941 worked at TNT plants in Sandusky and New Martinsville, W. Va. While working in West Virginia, he met and married his former wife, Wilma (Duhl) Reiber. He returned to Ohio and worked at Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Akron, before returning to Vermilion Township in 1946 to begin operating his own farm. He was the owner/operator of Eggland Farms and Eggland Farm Market and also farmed 400 acres. During the peak years of his egg production operation, he produced more than four million eggs per year and supplied eggs wholesale to restaurants, convenience stores, supermarkets, hospitals and nursing homes from Sandusky to Westlake. He also provided retail sales at the farm where he pioneered a self serve honor system sales room. During the summer months he operated a roadside market providing fruit and vegetables and his famous sweet corm. After retiring from the egg business and crop farming in 1986, he began Eggland Boat Storage and stored boats in the empty chicken houses. He also hatched and raised pheasants for hunting.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and bowling, bowling in several leagues in Huron and Vermilion, where he also sponsored teams. He was a member of the Vermilion Evangelical and Reformed Church and a former member of the Mitiwanga Evangelical and Reformed Church. He was also a member of the Ohio Farmers Association, Erie County Farm Bureau and had served as a trustee for Shinrock Elevator.
Survivors include two daughters, Sheryl D. Beach of Casper, Wyo., and Darlene K. Barnett of Huron; son, John A. Reiber of Lorain; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces; one nephew; great-nieces; great-nephews; and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry and Katherine Elizabeth (Otto) Reiber; sisters, Katherine Burdue and Edna Reiber; a brother, George Reiber; and grandson, John Henry Reiber III.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday in Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South St., Vermilion, where services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Bill Seith, interim pastor of Vermilion Evangelical and Reformed Church and retired pastor John Hood, will officiate. Burial will follow in Peaks Cemetery, Berlin Township.
Contributions may be made to Vermilion E & R Church Memorial Fund, Ohio and Grand streets, Vermilion, OH 44089; or to New Life Hospice, 5255 North Abbe Road, Elyria, OH 44035-1450.
Condolences may be made at riddlefuneralhome.com.