Guenther Haller passed away at his residence in Piqua on Monday, April 12, 2021 at the age of 87. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Ingeburg, as well as son-in-law Rick Lyle and granddaughter Bethany Lyle. Guenther was born in Essen, Germany in December of 1933. Growing up before, during and after World War II in Germany presented many challenges but at a very early age, Guenther began an apprenticeship in the steel industry that led to a career spanning 5 decades. He and Inge married in 1954 and emigrated to Canada in 1957 and later to the United States in 1977. Guenther ultimately became a world-renowned expert in the field of open die forging earning countless patents, awards and industry accolades. He and Inge travelled the world for both business and pleasure, including spending the first 6 years of retirement living full time on the road in their RV. The song “I’ve been everywhere man” even left out a few of the places he had seen during his incredible life. He loved music and books and his many hobbies included woodworking, gardening, painting, bowling, square dancing and motorcycling (he and Inge toured much of North America and Europe on their Honda Goldwing).
Guenther is survived by his 3 children, Ute Veling & husband Tony of Melbourne, Australia, Susan Lyle of Brookshire Texas and John Haller & wife Tracy of Troy Ohio. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Abby Tenney & husband John of Massillon, Ohio, Laurie Brumbaugh & husband Aaron of New Madison, Ohio, Sydney Eaton & husband Robert of Columbus Texas, Josiah Haller of Cincinnati Ohio, Zoe Veling of Melbourne Australia, Duncan Lyle & wife Steffi of Shawnee Oklahoma, and Lucy Veling of Melbourne Australia as well as several great grandchildren and many additional surviving relatives that continue to reside in Germany.
Guenther’s final act of love was to bequeath his body to the University of Cincinnati Medical School for research. A memorial service for family and friends will be held at a later date when his ashes are interred at Riverside Cemetery in Troy. Arrangements entrusted to Fisher-Cheney Funeral Home, Troy. Condolences may be left for the family at www.fisher-cheneyfuneralhome.com.
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