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:
8-1-17Zane ZeedykIn Memory of Shelly Zeedyk
11-2016Patricia LynchIn Memory of Gertrude Harley
2-12-16Jeff Leonard, John Lehner, David Williams and Ann ScribnerIn Memory of Richard McCann
01-2015Terry and Ann MeltonIn Memory of Joan Cereghin
10-15-12Velandia & Ciccotelli FamiliesIn memory of Vince Polce
Bryan Diecast of Bryan, OhIn Memory of Harley K. Bricker Sr.
12-10-98Defiance City EmployeesIn Memory of Sara Nicole Manon
9-14-98Defiance Hospital Board of TrusteesIn Memory of John Pruitt
John and Rita KissnerIn Memory of Catherine E. Hofer
6-11-98Rick & Barb SommerIn Memory of Dick Linebrink
6-5-98City of Defiance EmployeesIn Memory of Josephine Kissner
6-2-98Sally & Leaonard Myers, Jane & Bob Boehn, Ralph & Jean Baringer, Norma & Charlie Barber, Dave & Mary Louise HoeffelIn Memory of Josephine Kissner
5-13-98Defiance HospitalIn Memory of Bob Woods
5-5-98Marilyn Lees FryeIn Memory of Victor Hire
4-6-98Richard Hurst
2-9-98Marilyn Lees FryeIn Memory of Mary Hire
8-11-97John and Rita Kissner and familyIn Honor of 90th Birthday of Miss Catherine Hofer
5-23-97Jeff Leonard family, Dave Maxey family, and Stan Rohrbaugh familyIn Memory of Christopher Spurgeon and Heather Spurgeon
5-20-97Carol Iler, Project CoordinatorTo Honor Ecology
4-24-97Mr. and Mrs. Roger HerrettIn Memory of Nell Herrett
4-8-97Curt, Sue, and Tom MinselIn Memory of John Mason II
2-13-97Mr. and Mrs. Rick SommerIn Memory of Dr. George Morgan's Father
1-14-97Barbara Sommer, Heidi Mealer
Marie Peters,Sue Minsel
In Memory of Victor Bacon
11-26-96Defiance HospitalIn Memory of Jeffery Walter
8-12-96 Dr. Patric BentleyIn Memory of Emmett Bentley
8-02-96 Defiance City EmployeesIn Memory of Herb Rosebrock
5-30-96 DJHS Team 7 West students of Carol IlerTo Honor Ecology
5-16-96The Friends of Norma Barber In Honor of Retirement from the City
5-16-96Jody 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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