Berkeley R. Vassar

Dec 2, 1928 - Aug 27, 2014

Berkeley R. Vassar, 85, of Castalia, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 27, 2014, in Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

He was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Springfield, Mass., and was a 1946 graduate of Lima High School. 

He began his automotive career at New Departure Hyatt, and after 12 years, he joined Ford Motor Co. as a supervisor, retiring in 1988 after 40 years of employment. He was a six-year veteran of the U. S. Army, serving as a tank commander in the Korean War. 

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sandusky, and was an avid Margaretta sports fan.

Berk is survived by his daughter, Ann (Tal) Strean of Castalia; three sons, David (Carla) Vassar of Avon, Ohio, James Vassar of Tiffin, Ohio, and Mark (Robyn) Vassar of Atlanta; 10 grandchildren, Erika, Adam, Ashly, Erin, Michael, Emilie, Lauren, Harrison and twins Tenley and Preston; one sister, Janis (Lee Havner) Harris; one brother, Dean (Ann) Vassar, both of Maryland; and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn, in 2007, to whom he was married for 56 years; his parents, Paul and Edythe Vassar; and one brother, Buddy.

Friends may call 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, in Ransom Funeral Home, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia, and from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, until time of services at 10:30 a.m. in Trinity Lutheran Church, 502 Bardshar Road, Sandusky. The Rev. Philip Gardner will officiate. Burial will be in Castalia Cemetery, with the American Legion conducting military services.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870. 

Condolences may be shared with the family at ransomfuneralhome.com.