Frederic E. Hirsimaki

1924 - 2021

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It is with heavy hearts that the family of Fredric Edwin Hirsimaki of Findlay, announce his passing Tuesday morning, the 5th of January. Fred’s transition was peacefully natural by the Grace of God. He was the father of Karen A. (Hirsimaki) Filter (Richard J.) of CO, and grandfather to Gregory Calder of FL, Erica T. (Ennis) Hearder, Rebecca A (Filter) Marshall, and Jessica M. (Filter), all of CO. He was great grandfather to Courtney E. Loew, of CO, Sydnee, Ian, Simone and Sebastien Calder, of FL, and Logan J. Weaver, of CO. Fred was also uncle to 26 nieces and nephews. He was born to and preceded in death by his mother Emilia (Hankakoski) and father Jaakkob Nicolai Hirsimaki of Conneaut, OH. immigrants from Finland. Fred was second to last of 11 children. All his siblings preceded him in death. His siblings were Aaro Hirshey, Sylvi Hirsimaki, Eli Hirsimaki, Charles Hirshey, Raymond Hirsimaki, George Hershy, Martin Hirsimaki, Helen (Hirsimaki) Churchill, and Ted Hirsimaki. Fred married Colleen “Connie" VanMeter of Hancock Co in 1948 and they were happily married for 53 years prior to Connie’s untimely death on January 9th, 2002. In Oct of 2003, Fred remarried at age 79 to Doris Irene Rehs of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. They were married until May 28th, 2018, when Doris also preceded him in death. He is survived by Doris' children: Rebecca Rachel (Rehs) Estock (Rick), Renee (Rehs) Santin (Jim), Mark Rehs (Diane), Greg Rehs, Shawn Rehs and Lynn (? Unknown), all of Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Fred knew and enjoyed, especially, Rebecca and Mark who visited most often. He continued to reside at Taylor Place where they had moved in April, 2018. Following a few summers working on ore boats on Lake Erie between school years and after, Fred enlisted in the Army to participate in WWII in the elite 327th Harbor Craft Division. Fred served as a tugboat captain that hauled supplies up the Hooghli River in India to deliver them to the “back door” of active combat on the western side of the Alps. He had many fascinating stories about using the mules from the locks to hunt anaconda in the jungle when he and his crew had days off. (Pictures do exist.) Or when a huge cargo ship hit his tug and rolled it completely over with him in it! He was very proud to have served and be a veteran! Fredric’s greatest passion was sports, ALL sports, in which he excelled in all of them from an early age; landing a position on the All State Basketball team as a senior at Rowe High in Conneaut, his hometown. He had received a football scholarship to Georgia State, prior to WWII, where he played football, basketball and baseball for 2 years. In his sophomore year he was drafted as pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates reserve team, but unfortunately that ended due to a severe shoulder injury. Fred moved to Findlay to attend Findlay College where his brother and mentor, Charles, was coaching and this brought about his meeting Connie. Together they embraced life in Findlay, marrying in '48 and becoming parents in '49, they attended First Evangelical United Brethren Church (now St. Mark’s Methodist) at Lima Ave and South Main Street. Both he and Connie were active in the church and Fred served as Deacon several times. He attended church regularly until he was 91 when he could no longer drive. Karen would take them when she was in town to help with his affairs and medical needs. Another contribution to Findlay was Fred’s volunteer coaching of Pony League ball teams for approximately 15 years. He was very dedicated to mentoring Findlay youth too, hopefully, foster their interest in sports. He was very proud of his teams each year and applauded their efforts. Fred initially worked at Cooper Tire Company following his marriage, then he moved on to San a Pure Dairy for 5 years, then he became a state Patrol mobile weighman where he continued to work for 30 years, until retirement at 65 years old. Lifting 18, 80lb scales out, then into his van, again, whenever he stopped a semi helped him stay fit for his athletic endeavors that he had resumed at age 55 in World Masters Track & Field and The Senior Olympics. He trained, religiously, and attended track meets all over the country, including Colorado, where he and Connie would vacation and visit Karen and Rick and their three granddaughters! Over the years until age 86, Fred won hundreds of medals (mostly gold), trophies, plaques, and was awarded 11 inductions to Halls Of Fame. The Halls of Fame ranged from Hancock County to State Seniors Hall, and various National Halls, with one being The National Bowling Hall of Fame; because he was an avid bowler, too. Fred was on a golf league team until he was 90, too. His most proud moments were when he was chosen to be one of the runners to carry the 1996 Olympic torch through Findlay and when he beat the World Record in the World Master’s Decathlon at Mayfield, Oh, when he was 82; clearly setting the bar high at 6008 points and obliterating the 4982 previous record points. He held that record until 6 years ago. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Findlay, where visitation will be held 2 hours (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) prior to the service. Pastors Dan Metzger and Gary Bair officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay. Arrangements are being handled by COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. In lieu of flowers you can donate to the St. Mark’s Methodist Building Fund at 800 S. Main, Findlay, OH. Online condolences may be expressed at www.coldrencrates.com.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    St. Marks United Methodist Church [Map]
    800 South Main St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Tuesday, January 12th 2021 12:00 to 2:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, January 12th 2021 - 2:00 PM

  • Service Location:

    St. Mark's United Methodist Church [Map]
    800 S Main St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Contributions:

    St. Marks United Methodist Church Building Fund

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  • Instructions:

    Full military rites by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.



Condolences For Frederic E. Hirsimaki

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To : Karen and Family
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Mark and Diane Rehs
Fred will truly be missed. He left a very positive mark in many people’s lives. He was friendly and always had a joke for you or something that would make you laugh. He was my mother Doris’s world. Their frequent trips to Mier and their bowling leagues they competed in made them an inseparable couple.
I think they helped the local Bob Evens stay in business.
Our sympathies and prayers go out to the Hirsimski family.
Be comforted that Fred lead a full life.



To : The Hirsimaki Family
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : James and Renee Santin
Our deepest sympathies to Fred’s family. Fred was a kind, funny and very positive man. It was our privilege to know him. He made my mother very happy. They eloped to Myrtle Beach, a place they both loved. We were fortunate to have vacationed with him and my mom in Myrtle Beach for a few years. It was a known fact he was an excellent golfer. But he was very good and quite competitive at putter golf, he would beat us all soundly! His touched many lives with his quiet grace, and optimism. Know God has welcomed him home with open arms.

Love’s more comfortable the second time you fall
Like a friendly home the second time you call.
Who can say what led us to this miracle we've found?’




To : Hirsimaki family and Karen
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Christine Freds favorite as he always said
Fred was the only grandfather I knew on my mom’s side, but, boy, was he ever the best! He made my Nana so happy and she lived to take care of him, even in her own final days. I will always look back fondly on all of the holidays (Thanksgivings and Christmases) Fred spent at our house with my Nana (he sure could eat!!! And loved his pies!) After college, I struggled for a bit and was able to get back on my feet because of Papa Fred and his love and generosity to me, just as if I were one of his own. I will be eternally grateful for him. I know my mom and dad (Renee and Jim) enjoyed visiting Nana and Fred every weekend for the past few years before Doris’ passing in 2018. My dad so enjoyed golfing with Fred! They loved getting to go out to lunch and it brought my mom and our family so much joy to see them enjoying life in their golden years! God bless Fred and family! He will be missed!



To : The Hirsimaki Family
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Shawn Rehs
Please accept my sincere heartfelt condolences. I have many fond memories of Fred. I enjoyed his stories, his humor, and his gentle demeanor. Even in his 80’s he still beat me in golf every time we played but he was very humble and he turned our golf games into lessons for me. Fred made my Mom very happy and put a glow in her smile for which I will be eternally grateful. It was an absolute privilege and honor to have him as a part of our family.



To : Karen
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Faye Coppes Lane
Karen, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a terrific athlete and I loved to watch him bowl. Condolences to you and your family. Hopefully I will see you sometime after this virus is over.

Faye



To : Karen
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Barb Cupp-Kodor
So sorry to see that your dad passed. He was such a nice man and a great neighbor to my parents. Peace and prayers be with all. Take care.
Barb Cupp-Kodor



To : The family of Fred Hirsimaki
Date :Thursday, January 7th 2021
From : Greg Rehs
My condolences go out to the Hirsimaki family. Fred was a very decent man. I enjoyed visiting with him and my mother. He always had a smile and had a story to tell me every time my son and I would visit.





To : Karen
Date :Friday, January 8th 2021
From : Phil Myers
I always enjoyrd reading about your father's athletic highlights and taking you for rides in my father's 66 Chevy pickup at the teen center. He was a good man and my condolences to you and family. Phil Myers, Class of 66



To : Karen and Family
Date :Friday, January 8th 2021
From : Bob and Liz Ebert
We are thinking of you and wanted to extend our heartfelt sympathy. Your father will be greatly missed but he left a lasting impact on so many lives, leaving wonderful memories to cherish. He was quite remarkable and lived life fully. And now he has finished the race that was set before him.



To : To The Hirsimaki Family
Date :Saturday, January 9th 2021
From : Todd Freeman
Your family has my deepest condolences on Fred's passing. Your family is in my prayers.



To : Karen Hirsimaki and Family
Date :Saturday, January 9th 2021
From : Phil Bolen
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Such a loving daughter to travel that distance back-and-forth from Colorado to Ohio just to take care of her dad.



To : Karen Hirsimaki and Family
Date :Saturday, January 9th 2021
From : Phil Bolen
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. Such a loving daughter to travel that distance back-and-forth from Colorado to Ohio just to take care of her dad.



To : Hirsimaki Family
Date :Monday, January 11th 2021
From : Ron Ammons
Fred certainly amassed an impressive array of accomplishments. In my opinion, his greatest accomplishment was that he was just a great human being, one of the very best!



To : The Hirsimaki Family
Date :Monday, January 11th 2021
From : Chuck Younger
I knew Fred thru Connie who i worker with for many years. Fred was an exceptional individual. He was a joy to be around. His numerous accomplishments were mind boggling. He was a great competitor.



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