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Michael J Dechant

August 30, 1955 ~ October 13, 2020 (age 65)


HURON – Michael J DeChant, 65, passed away Tuesday evening, October 13, 2020, surrounded by his family.  He was born to Marcella and Kenneth DeChant in Sandusky, August 30, 1955, the 7th of 12 children.  Michael grew up on the family farm in Huron and graduated from Huron High School in 1974.   Michael graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in horticulture.  He married Mary Jo Reed of Castalia in 1990. 

Michael was an integral part of the DeChant Family Farm for many years and loved farming.  He began his career in food distribution in 1980 at Chefs’ Pantry in Sandusky and was employed by Superior Beverage Group, Solon OH until his disability. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister , Diane and infant sister, Marita Jeanne; and brothers-in-law, David Hayes and Tom Maidlow.  Michael is survived by Mary Jo DeChant of Huron; three children, Aaron (Dixie) of Anchorage, AK, Jackie (Anthony) Baratta, and Daniel of Huron; 7 grandchildren, Evelyn, Veronica, Charles, Magnolia, Rosemary, Amalia and Frankie;  9 siblings and their spouses, Joanne (Ed) Clark of Monroeville, Barb (Don) Wachowiak of Toledo, Vicki Hayes of Huron, Ken (Deb) DeChant of Milan, Peggy Maidlow of Bowling Green, Lisa (David) Dahmen and Mary Alice Tracht of Sandusky, Marcia (Bill) Mees of Caseyville, IL, and Andrea (Richard) Jensen of Norwalk. 

Friends may call Saturday, Oct 17th from 9:30 a.m. until time of mass 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main Street, Huron, officiated by Father Jeff McBeth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Vincent de Paul Society, or St.Peter Church, 430 Main St, Huron, OH 44839.

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October 17, 2020

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church (Huron)

Memorial Mass
October 17, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church (Huron)


St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Peter Catholic Church, Huron OH 44839

St. Peter Catholic Church
430 Main Street, Huron OH 44839

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