OBITUARY

Edward Leo Bulcher

May 14, 1938March 17, 2018
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Edward L. Bulcher, 79 of Rossburg, Ohio passed away on Saturday March 17, 2018 at Shands of UF, Gainesville, Florida. He was born May 14, 1938 in Versailles, Ohio the son of the late Orville F. & Viola M. (Bruening) Bulcher. He served his country in the United States Army. He was a farmer and a farm consultant & was district manager of Growers Chemical Corp. He is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister: Judith Thobe Dircksen. He is survived by his wife: Roseann M. (Schmitt) Bulcher of Rossburg; children & spouses: Lisa & Tom Vondenhuevel of Sidney, Scott & Mandy Bulcher of Rossburg, Michael & Darlene Bulcher of Rossburg, Nancy & Allen Breig of Greenville, Nichole & Marvin Baltes of Versailles, Jay & Patti Bulcher of Versailles, Renee & Dan Seibert of Versailles; 20 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; Sisters: Barbara & Ivo Osterloh of Egypt, Ohio, Marilyn & David Pax of Celina, Ohio; brother in law: Tom Dircksen of Egypt, Ohio; numerous nieces & nephews. A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday March 23, 2018at 10:30 AM at Holy Family Catholic Church, 11239 Ohio 185, Frenchtown, Ohio with Rev. Fr. Jim Simons Celebrant. Burial will follow in Holy Family Church Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 3:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Thursday March 22, 2018 and from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM on Friday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles, Ohio. Veteran’s services will be conducted by the Versailles Veterans Honor Guard.

Services

  • Visitaion Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Visitaion Friday, March 23, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 23, 2018
REMEMBERING

Edward Leo Bulcher

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Delma Rammel

March 23, 2018

Roseann,express my deepest sympathy to you and the family.
Prayers and thoughts are with you
It's been a while, your OLD NEIGHBOR from home.
Delma Speck Rammel.

Les and Pat Wenning

March 23, 2018

Roseannn and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Just wanted you to know that I always considered Ed a friend. It was always interesting to hear his stories about your travels in the South as it related to his work. He seemed to love what he was doing. Know that he will be missed and take care of yourselves. Thinking of you, Les and Pat Wenning, Ft. Recovery, Ohio

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Biography

Edward Leo Bulcher was a natural leader whose winning presence allowed him to take control of various situations with ease. Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Edward always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Ed was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

      Ed was born on May 14, 1938 at home in Versailles, Ohio. His parents were Orville and Viola (Bruening) Bulcher. Ed was raised in Versailles, Ohio. Always able to express himself well, Ed possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Ed was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Ed was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Ed was raised with three siblings, sisters, Barbara, Judith and Marilyn. Ed had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      As a young child, Ed showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Ed enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He was in band and drama. In his spare time he liked hunting, fishing and looking for watermelons in the fields.

      Known to others as a focused, logical, open-minded and somewhat driven individual, Ed was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He graduated from Versailles High School in 1957. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite classes in high school were Math and Biology. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Glenn Zeller. He studied hard and did the farming for his dad.

      When the goal of college was in sight, it became important to Ed. Again, his direct, “down to earth” approach served him well. He was able to absorb complex concepts and had an acute sense of how things worked. He attended Ohio State for 2 years. His favorite course was Genetics. He did not have a favorite professor.

      Friends and acquaintances found Ed an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Ed was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. Later in life, he became friends with Leonard Rethman.

      In 1961 Ed exchanged wedding vows with Roseann Mildred Schmitt at the St. Henry Church in St. Henry, Ohio. Ed was attentive to Rose's feelings, and he charmed Rose and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Ed was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

      Very much like a kid himself, Ed identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Ed was blessed with seven children, four daughters, Lisa Vondenhuevel, Nancy Breig, Nichole Baltes, and Renee Seibert, and three sons, Scott Bulcher, Mike Bulcher, and Jay Bulcher. He was also blessed with 20 great grandchildren; Joe, Charity & Michaela Vondenhuevel, Mattie & Hannah, Chad & Colen Bulcher, Nick Nester, Mattie & Shane Breig, Josh Bulcher, Quincy & Stuart Baltes, Tori, Dane, Payton & Delany Bulcher, and Mason, Wyatt & Mike Siebert; and 4 great grandchildren.

      Ed was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Ed’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Ed was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Ed could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was farmer and a farm consultant & was District Manager for Growers Minerals working from Ohio to Mexico.

      Ed was an Army veteran. Ed was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He was in Special Opps stationed in Germany . He achieved the rank of PFC. He received several awards including an award for his shooting ability. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

      Ed enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuits were hunting, fishing and working in his garden. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Because he liked to take risks, Ed was a perfect match for athletics and exercise. He was enthusiastic and confident about these activities. Ed enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity and also liked to watch old Westerns.

      Ed was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Ed worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his later years, Ed was an active member of the Knights of Columbus in Live Oak, Florida.

      Ed was a generous man who prized that same quality in others. So it’s little wonder that he was so active and giving in his community. Politically, Ed was a Republican.

      Ed held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member of the Catholic church all of his life. During that time, he was active in the Knights of Columbus.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Ed truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included Mexico when he was working.

      Ed was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Ed’s favorites was a Jack Russell dog. They were best friends for 17 years. His family was rounded out by his two white German Shepherds.

      Ed passed away on March 17, 2018 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. His heart didn't want to start again. He is survived by his wife, Roseann Bulcher; children & spouses, Lisa & Tom Vondenhuevel, Scott & Mandy Bulcher, Michael & Darlene Bulcher, Nancy & Allen Breig, Nichole & Marvin Baltes, Jay & Patti Bulcher, and Renee & Dan Seibert; 20 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; sisters, Barbara & Ivo Osterloh and Marilyn & David Pax; brother-in-law, Tom Dircksen. Services were held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, Ohio. Ed was laid to rest in Holy Family Church Cemetery in Frenchtown, Ohio.

      Ed was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Edward had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Edward Leo Bulcher.