Avery Clyde Sooy, 93, of Penfield, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2012, after a brief Illness. Avery was born June 30, 1919, in Penfield, to Homer and Ella (Gannett) Sooy. He was a lifelong resident of Penfield.
He graduated from Penfield High School in 1937, and later married Helen (Neidhardt) Sooy, his wife of 71 years. A retired dairy farmer, he worked the family homestead until the late 1970s. Avery was a former Penfield Township trustee, a member of Farm Bureau, Order of Eastern Star, Wellington Masonic Lodge, and Spencer United Methodist Church. A familiar figure at local fairs and livestock auctions, Avery enjoyed buying, selling and trading dairy cattle and horses. He loved traveling with his wife, family gatherings, music, and gardening. Avery was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play various high school and college sports. He was an avid fan of the Keystone Wildcats softball team and the Cleveland Indians.
Surviving are his loving wife Helen; two daughters, Linda (Jerry) Jackson of Penfield Paula (Jeff) Terlecky of Vienna, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Kim Weigl of North Ridgeville, Gaylene Weigl of Olmsted Falls, Beth Johnson of Mercer Island, Washington, Don Jackson of Penfield, Ray (Colleen) Jackson of DeGraff, Justin (Corrine) Jackson of Spencer, Bonnie Belle (Harry) Karam of Downington, Pennsylvania, Curtis (Gabrielle) Breyley of Medina, Jared (Kristen) Terlecky of Vienna, Seth Terlecky of Vienna; 14 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughters, Ruthann Weigl and Bonnie Breyley; sisters, Dorothy Workman and Esther Brown; and brothers, Frank and Harold.
Funeral service will be held Friday, December 7, 2012, 11 A.M., at the Spencer United Methodist Church, 201 E. Main St., Spencer. Reverend Dr. Tim Morrison will officiate. Burial will follow at Spencer Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 5 until 8 P.M., at the Parker & Son Funeral Home, 202 E. Main St., Spencer (330-648-2180).
Memorial contributions may be made to Spencer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 125, Spencer, OH 44275 or to the charity of choice.