Fred Thayer

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May 18, 1929 - July 8, 2013

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Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 6-8 p.m., Moreland Funeral Home


Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:30 a.m., visitation 10-10:30 a.m., Church of the Messiah U.M.


Fred J. Thayer, age 84, of Hlliard,, formerly of Westerville, OH. Passed away peacefully July 8, 2013 at home. Born May 18, 1929 in Sandusky, OH. Retired professor, Otterbein College Department of Theatre and Dance after 33 years. Graduate of Bowling Green State Unversity with a BA degree and Masters degree. Proud Honorary Alumni of Otterbein College. High School teacher in Imlay City, MI and Blissfield, MI then taught at the Universty of Toledo. He spent many summers at Huron Playhouse and Otterbein Summer Theatre. Korean War veteran, U.S. Marine Corps. Member Church of the Messiah United Methodist and Blendon Lodge #339 F & AM. Survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna Jean (Wright); children, Linda Thayer of Joshua Tree, CA, Gregg Thayer of Boulder, CO and Steve (Tracy) Thayer of Hilliard; grandchildren, Maggie, Jessie, Alexandria, Janie, Zachary and Gabrielle; sister Carol (Bob) Yelensky of Willard, OH. Preceded in death by his parents, James and Charlotte Thayer, and sister Lois. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, Thursday 6-8 p.m.. Memorial service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. until time of the service at Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville, Rev. Ryan Grace, officiatng. Private interment Otterbein Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Fred ”Pop” Thayer Endowment Fund c/o Otterbein University.


Jill Levy - Jul 10, 2013

I had the honor to work with “Pop” the summer of 1972 at Otterbein Summer Theatre where I was apprenticing. Pop taught me as much about myself as he did about stage construction and painting techniques; for which I will always be very grateful. Through his guidance, patience and sense of fair play, I started then to grow into the person I have become today. He was a wonderful human being and an outstanding teacher.

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