Melvin Hren

August 16, 1949 - July 20, 2018
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Melvin John Hren, 68, of New Philadelphia died late Friday evening, July 20, 2018, in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a lengthy illness.

Born in Twin City Hospital at Dennison on August 16, 1949, Melvin was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Swaim Hren.

Following his graduation from Claymont High School,…

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Melvin John Hren, 68, of New Philadelphia died late Friday evening, July 20, 2018, in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a lengthy illness.

Born in Twin City Hospital at Dennison on August 16, 1949, Melvin was a son of the late Joseph and Mary Swaim Hren.

Following his graduation from Claymont High School, Melvin earned his Education Degree from Kent State University and taught elementary and Title 1 for Indian Valley Schools for 35 years. He loved helping others, especially children and was involved as a 4-H advisor to the Griffin Club for 19 years.

Melvin was a member of the First United Church of Christ at New Philadelphia, the Masonic Lodge #177 and the Order of the Eastern Star. For many years he sold and repaired Rainbow Sweepers, enjoyed hunting, fishing and taught hunting safety courses. Through his various community efforts and involvements, he was honored with a Hometown Hero Award.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jodi (Stemple) Hren whom he married on July 19, 1971; their children, Amy, John (Naomi), and Vic (Michelle); seven grandchildren, Xenia, Mie, Allyster, Bennett, Graham, Kelly, and Kim; his mother-in-law, June Stemple; a sister-in-law, Valerie; and a niece and nephew, Heather and Matt.

He will also be deeply missed by many “adopted” children and grandchildren whom he befriended through the years and came to think of as his own.

In addition to his parents, Melvin was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Herbert Stemple.

The family will greet guests on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia where a Masonic service will be held at 7:45 PM. A celebration of Melvin’s life will be led by Pastors Jeff Gerber and Jill Lovett on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM in the funeral home’s chapel.

For the past 15 years, Melvin has courageously battled Thynoma Cancer and through his treatments of this rare disease has helped others. Memorial contributions in Melvin’s name may be directed to the American Cancer Society, 525 North Broad Street, Canfield, OH 44406.


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Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 3:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time: 10:30 am

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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American Cancer Society

525 N. Broad Street
Canfield, Ohio 44406

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Born: August 16, 1949
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On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Judy Morgan posted on 7/27/18

Dear Jodi and family, We are so sorry for your loss. We want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Joan (Frank) Johnson and Judy (Frank) Morgan


Gomer Lewis posted on 7/25/18

I am so sorry Amy, I didn't know! I hope you, and your family, are doing OK, or at least getting by. I hope you can soon think of him with a smile on your face, instead of tears in your eyes! Please call if you need to talk. Positive thoughts for you, and your family. Hugs!!!


Cameron Gill posted on 7/25/18

Thank you for all that you have done. You taught me so much. I will miss you.


Gabrail Cancer Center posted on 7/25/18

We were so sorry to hear about Mel's passing. He had a big heart and was loving and concerned about everyone. We'll miss his sunny personality and smiling face. You and your family are in our prayers.


Becka Hicks posted on 7/25/18

Mel was such a fun co-worker at Port Washington. He could always make me laugh and was loved by the kids too. My prayers are with your family.


Nancy Fierbaugh posted on 7/24/18

I worked with Mel for many years. He was always happy and fun to be around. He loved the kids at school and they loved him back. May God continue to be with Jodi and the family .


Travis Nay posted on 7/23/18

He was my 5th grade teacher at Indian Valley South around 1982-1983, my condolences to the family in this tryin time


pj blackwell posted on 7/23/18

Loved this man, I will miss his so much PJ


Linda Tedrow posted on 7/23/18

Jody and Family and Mrs. Stemple, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Death of a loved one leaves emptiness; however the good memories last a lifetime for those we hold most precious.


Angela Fansler posted on 7/23/18

I am so sorry for your lost. Prayers and love to you all. So many memories of Mr. Hren throughout my childhood.


Melody Alexander posted on 7/22/18

Mel was not only an incredible inspiration to me as a Teacher at Indian Valley Port Washington Elementary but also as an adult. He taught me to fight no matter how hard the battle is. Continue to give back, and smile while doing so. God Bless All Of you as his family, and all of us as his former students and Friends. Mel is one of the reasons I fell in Love with the field of Developmental Disabilities and continue to run an Agency today. Thank you Mr. Hren for all your hard work and dedication! Until we met agin God Speed.


Susan Immel posted on 7/22/18

Jodi and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Mel was such an inspiration in his fight against cancer. He will be missed by many. You have my deepest sympathy and prayers.


Kelly powell posted on 7/22/18

Amy, so sorry for the loss of you father. Prayers to you and your family.


Amanda posted on 7/22/18

You will always be remembered by your students. Thank you for the years you gave to all of us.


Jason Cappel posted on 7/22/18

I’m sorry for your loss. I had Mel as a teacher, however, did not really know him until I was fortunate enough to work with him. He was a great guy and was a great friend to a lot of kids. He will be missed.


Michelle Fraelich posted on 7/22/18

Mr. Wren was my 5th grade teacher at Port. He was one of my favorite teachers for sure from my days at Port Washington Elementary. My deepest sympathies go out to his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Jen Pfeiffer posted on 7/22/18

Peace and love to his family...he was one of my favorite teachers.


Joyce and Dan Stephan posted on 7/22/18

You have our deepest sympathy. Mel was such a fixture in our church and he will be missed. God bless your family.


Miki (Gilmore) Conklin posted on 7/21/18

I'm so sorry for your loss Amy! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God be with you and grant you peace in the years to come!


Paige posted on 7/21/18

Jodi, so sorry for your loss! He was a great man!


Fred and Dawn Kinsey posted on 7/21/18

Jodi, June, and family, we are so sorry. Melvin was such a caring person and will be missed by all of us. With love, Fred and Dawn Kinsey


Daniel Serban posted on 7/21/18

Thanks for all your help with my daughters while they were in your 4-h club. You taught them a lot and were well respected by them. You will be missed by me and my family.


Erin K Lawver posted on 7/21/18

Mr. Hren was my fifth grade teacher and was a good teacher. He will always be remembered... So sorry for your loss. Erin Lawver


Jaynie Norman posted on 7/21/18

I’m sorry to hear about Melvin’s passing. Prayers for your family as you celebrate his life that he shared with so many.


Kristin Bailey posted on 7/21/18

I remember Mr.Wren from when I went to port washington elementary. He introduced me to deer jerky. Which my favorite memory is when he'd bring in a bag for us kids to sample. He was such a great and funny character. I will always remember him. He will be missed greatly. <3


Donna Patterson posted on 7/21/18

So sorry to hear. Prayers for all the Family and Friends. Melvin was such a big help, through the years with the 4-H program and will really be missed. I loved reminiscing with him every year at Fair time about the members. God bless.


Mary Derrick Stull posted on 7/21/18

Mrs Hren Mrs Stemple my thoughts and prayers go out to your family. I had the privilege to first meet Mr Hren in Mrs Stemple class. He taught us at times. Before he got his own class. He cared for his students. He was always helping kids who needed it. He never moved on until he knew all his kids understood what he was teaching us. A very special angel was called home. I'm proud to say I had him as a teacher and a friend. God Bless


Wanda Krocker posted on 7/21/18

Sorry for your loss! I loved working with Mel at Port Washington!


Margaret Schie posted on 7/21/18

To the Hren Family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Your wonderful memories will always be with you. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Michelle's Grandmother. Margaret Schie


Bonnie and Bill Frohnapfel posted on 7/21/18

Our Condolence goes to the Family! Worked at Indian Valley and had lots of laughs! He taught our son his hunting course! He was a special person and the Lord has a great man in his house! Prayers for all of the family! Bill and Bonnie Frohnapfel


Sondra Jones posted on 7/21/18

So sorry for your loss he will be missed by so many people. Thoughts and prayers to you Jodi and family.