Elmo Layman

July 10, 1936 - June 30, 2016

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Elmo Terry Layman, formerly of Urbana, Ohio, most recently residing in Arizona, passed away June 30, 2016. Elmo was born July 10, 1936 in Coshocton County, Ohio to Orland and Jessie (Bechtol) Layman. He attended school in Keene, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University receiving both of his Bachelor and Master’s Degree. Elmo spent his 35 year career working in Urbana both teaching and being a school Administrator. Early in his career and for several years he taught evening classes at Clark State, Springfield, Ohio. Elmo also served as the Champaign County Transit Coordinator for five years. He volunteered for several years with the Buckeye Trail Association and other trail organizations in several states. In addition, he assisted in building and maintaining a trail on the Shiffer YMCA land. Elmo volunteered and helped start the Urbana Shade Tree Commission and spent many hours making the program a success. He was affectionately known by many elementary school students as “The Tree Man”. He was a member of the Urbana Methodist Church for 57 years and was a charter member of the Urbana Kiwanis Club. Elmo’s attitude in volunteering was obvious through the many hours he spent caring for the trees in Urbana, helping with church meals, teaching Sunday school class and working on cemetery projects with the Service Club. Elmo also believed in being a blood donor and in his lifetime donated over 129 pints of blood. Elmo was well loved by both family and friends and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Elmo is survived by his wife Wilma (Binkley) Layman of Arizona, daughter, Kimberly (Jim) Rose of Georgetown, Texas and Mechanicsburg, Ohio; son, Timothy (Cindy) Layman of Burton, Texas; granddaughters, Sophia Lauran Layman and Vivian Leigh Layman; great grandson, Payne Franklin Scott; sister, Beverly Brillhart; brothers, Wendell (Joyce) Layman, Orland (Sandra) Layman, Jr, Donald (Carol) Layman in addition to several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, James Brillhart.
A memorial service honoring Elmo’s life will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 3, 2016 in the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main Street, Urbana, Ohio 43078 with Rev. Jim Lillibridge officiating. The family will receive visitors beginning at 11:30 AM prior to the service.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Earl & Jeanne Evans - Sep 6, 2016

Sending our condolences to the Layman family. We were so sorry to be out of town & unable to attend the service/visitation. Elmo was truly a servant to his community. I had the privilege of knowing him through Urbana City Schools and very recently served on the Urbana Community School Board with him. May you find peace in the celebration of his life well lived.

Ron and Karen Brown - Sep 2, 2016

Dear Wilma and family,
We were so saddened to learn of Elmo’s passing earlier this summer.
We have missed seeing both of you at church since you moved to Arizona.
Elmo and you had such a presence in the Urbana school district and
community. We are thankful for all your contributions and will always have good memories of you both.
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are all in our
thoughts and prayers.
Ron and Karen Brown & family

John Kidder - Sep 1, 2016

As an Ag student of his at Urbana (class of 1966) I still remember how helpful he always was with me. Over the years I have thought of him often especially when I do my planting.

Larry Layman - Aug 29, 2016

Wilma,Kim,Tim and families,
Elmo and I were at Ohio State at the same time. He was not only a cousin, but a great friend. Enjoy and cherish the memories of your time together. We were saddened to hear of Elmo’s passing. Will miss him too. Nancy/Larry Layman

Kym & Stephanie - Jul 8, 2016

We are so sorry to hear about Elmo. He was such a wonderful, kind-hearted, and caring person. You are in our thoughts.

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