Local businesswoman honored

WEST MILTON — Rachel Ann (Sarver) Minnich was recently honored by several area organizations for her many years of dedicated community service. Over the Fourth of July weekend, she was honored by the village of West Milton as the Grand Marshal of the annual Fourth of July Parade. At age 91, she was certainly in her element during the parade. She enjoyed the day very much, and felt very honored to be recognized. She was chosen for her many years of community volunteer service and activities to benefit West Milton and Union Township.

Later in July, Rachel Ann was also honored with the Ohio Federation of Republican Women’s “Tribute to Women” award. Held in Worthington, Ohio, this was a day and program to honor conservative women. Minnich was honored with a standing ovation, as well as a plaque of appreciation for her many, many years of service. She is viewed as an inspiring role model to younger women.

As a member of the founding Hale family of Hale-Sarver Funeral Home, Minnich has been active in the West Milton community for over half a century. She is the granddaughter of funeral home founder Roy Hale, and worked in the family business with her parents, Ray and Marion Harlacher, and husband, Carl Sarver.

After Carl’s untimely passing in 1969, she oversaw the operation of the funeral home until her son, Jim, completed his schooling and became a licensed funeral director. She earned her funeral director’s license in 1974. This was a time that saw very few women as licensed funeral directors, much less managing a business.

She later married Dick Minnich, and they also enjoyed many good years together. Today, she is proud to be the matriarch of the family funeral home business, Hale-Sarver Family Funeral Home, owned and operated by her son, Jim Sarver. Her grandson Brian J. Sarver is also a licensed funeral director, and works with his father and grandmother in the family business.