Tree of Life

Consider a Gift for the Benefit of Trees

When planning a memorial to a loved one, or to honor an anniversary or birthday, consider a gift that would last a lifetime!  The Tree of Life fund is a special trust set-up by the City to provide for plantings of flowers, shrubs and trees in our city parks, cemetery and public areas within the city.

Any gift amount is welcome and appreciated.  Most plantings are done in the Spring and Autumn of each year, under the direction of the Tree Commission.

The Tree of Life program is a wonderful way for citizens to get involved in helping to beautify our City—and to keep our special designation as Tree City USA.


All donations to the Tree of Life fund will be recorded in a memorial book, kept at the City Parks Office.  The book lists the name of the donor and the recipient.

A few examples:

  • “Gift in Loving Memory of Mr. John Smith, by the Jones Family,” or
  • “In Honor of the Birth of Jacob Smith by His Parents.”

The amount of the gift will not be listed.  In addition, an acknowledgement card will be sent to the recipient, or family of the recipient, so they will be made aware of the gift.

“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” —Thomas Fuller, 1654-1734

Tree of Life Donations

Date:Donation Given By:for:
12.21Brian, Doug, Michael, Steven and Joni EmmelIn Memory of Larry L. Emmel
09.21Becky S. GeigerIn Memory of Lois J. Gahris
08.21City of Defiance Shade Tree CommissionIn Memory of Roger Herrett
01.21Street Department, Parks, Cemetery, Water Distribution and Building & LandsIn Memory of Larry Retcher
11.20Quinn and Reid FoustIn Memory of Gerald W. Foust
11.20Quinn and Reid FoustIn Memory of Carolynne Kay Foust
07.20Chris LeutholdIn Memory of Russel B. Leuthold
06.20Roland and Frances Allen; Steve, Dorothy and Jessica SpainIn Memory of Steve Hanel
09.19Charles E Griffith FamilyIn Memory of Lynn Dailey
08.19Joseph & Paulette SchaurerIn Memory of Dorothy Dean Martin
07.19Kim McKeenIn Memory of Wanda Klima
06.19Lynda & William WalletsIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Robert & Laura BogdanskiIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Helen MeyerIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Maggie HunterIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Grace ZayIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Mary KrylingIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Robyn SmallIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19The Bronchetti FamilyIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Julie & Jerry DuncanIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Mary Lynn DamaschkeIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
06.19Laurie BoyerIn Memory of Jody Bixby Doyle
08.17Zane ZeedykIn Memory of Shelly Zeedyk
11.16Patricia LynchIn Memory of Gertrude Harley
02.16Jeff Leonard, John Lehner, David Williams and Ann ScribnerIn Memory of Richard McCann
01.15Terry and Ann MeltonIn Memory of Joan Cereghin
10.12Velandia & Ciccotelli FamiliesIn memory of Vince Polce
Bryan Diecast of Bryan, OhIn Memory of Harley K. Bricker Sr.
12.98Defiance City EmployeesIn Memory of Sara Nicole Manon
09.98Defiance Hospital Board of TrusteesIn Memory of John Pruitt
07.98John and Rita KissnerIn Memory of Catherine E. Hofer
06.98Rick & Barb SommerIn Memory of Dick Linebrink
06.98City of Defiance EmployeesIn Memory of Josephine Kissner
06.98Sally & Leaonard Myers, Jane & Bob Boehn, Ralph & Jean Baringer, Norma & Charlie Barber, Dave & Mary Louise HoeffelIn Memory of Josephine Kissner
05.98Defiance HospitalIn Memory of Bob Woods
05.98Marilyn Lees FryeIn Memory of Victor Hire
04.98Richard Hurst
02.98Marilyn Lees FryeIn Memory of Mary Hire
08.97John and Rita Kissner and familyIn Honor of 90th Birthday of Miss Catherine Hofer
05.97Jeff Leonard family, Dave Maxey family, and Stan Rohrbaugh familyIn Memory of Christopher Spurgeon and Heather Spurgeon
05.97Carol Iler, Project CoordinatorTo Honor Ecology
04.97Mr. and Mrs. Roger HerrettIn Memory of Nell Herrett
04.97Curt, Sue, and Tom MinselIn Memory of John Mason II
02.97Mr. and Mrs. Rick SommerIn Memory of Dr. George Morgan's Father
01.97Barbara Sommer, Heidi Mealer, Marie Peters, & Sue MinselIn of Victor Bacon
11.96Defiance HospitalIn Memory of Jeffery Walter
08.96 Dr. Patric BentleyIn Memory of Emmett Bentley
08.96Defiance City EmployeesIn Memory of Herb Rosebrock
05.96 DJHS Team 7 West students of Carol IlerTo Honor Ecology
05.96 The Friends of Norma Barber In Honor of Retirement from the City
05.96 Jody DoyleIn Memory of Alex Foldvary, Denny Gordon
red fall foliage
photo by Linda Hammersmith

Please Make Checks Payable To:

City of Defiance
Tree of Life Trust Fund

Mail To:

City of Defiance, Parks & Recreation
1441 Quality Drive
Defiance, OH 43512

Contact the Parks Office:

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This fund is administered by the City of Defiance Parks Department, under the direction of the Tree Commission.

All Donations are tax deductible.
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