Reuben J. Kandel, age 92, of Berlin, Ohio passed away Friday, February 16, 2018 at Pomerene Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio following a period of declining health.
Celebration of life services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Martins Creek Mennonite Church with Pastor Jay Conn officiating. A private family burial will take place in Berlin Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are being handled by Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, Ohio. Those wishing to share a memory or make online condolences may do so by visiting www.alexanderfhinc.com.
Reuben was born July 29, 1925 to John E. and Eva (Miller) Kandel. After the passing of his mother, Eva, he was raised by his father and step mother, Verba (Gerber) Kandel. He attended Boyd's School in Berlin, Ohio.
On May 11, 1945 he married Esther I. Sommers and she preceded him in death on June 14, 2016.
Reuben was a member of Martins Creek Mennonite Church. He enjoyed many years of memberships in the Ohio Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Association, Tuscarawas Valley Steam Association, Doughty Valley Steam Association, and the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. Over the years Reuben was a collector of many Items: coins, and steam/plumbing related tools. In his later years he enjoyed restoring hand pumps and loved to share his museum. Reuben was a very generous and giving man. He was generous with his wit and wisdom as well as in tangible ways. His calling card was that of a gentleman and he often left people with a "token" of his friendship.
He is survived by five children, Darryl (Eileen) Kandel of Derry, New Hampshire, Wanda Clark of Berlin, Wendyl (Marie) Kandel of Berlin, Beverly (Jr) Troyer of Benton and Evadyne "Dynie" Troyer of Mansfield; grandchildren Kevin (Sheana) Kandel, Shanon Wright, Kimberly (Matthew) Gracianette, Craig (Christina) Clark, Jeremy Clark, Seth (Trish) Clark, Sue Ann Kandel, Clinton Kandel, Benjamin (Carrie) Troyer, Nathan (Lacie) Troyer, Jason Troyer and Jonathan (Nicole) Troyer; and great grandchildren Desiree Kandel, Eleanor McDonough, Kenny Clark, Erin Clark, Mason Clark, Peyton Clark, Caleb Troyer, Henry Troyer, Jackson Troyer, Marshall Troyer, Ohlen Troyer, Noah Troyer, Katherine Troyer and William Troyer. He is also survived by a sister-in-law, Marilyn Kandel of Berlin and a brother-in-law, Jay Miller of Wayne County Ohio.
Reuben was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Homer, David and Marion; a sister, Velma Miller; and a great-grandson, Grady Clark.