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Our Pro-Life Heroes

John Jones

Pastor John served the Marion Grace (Brethren) Church as Senior Pastor from 1992 until June 2017 when he and his wife Shari answered the call to be missionaries to France.  A staunch supporter of life, Pastor John was instrumental in the formation of Marion Citizens for Life in 2009.  His energy and leadership over the years have been vital in this body’s mission.

Pastor John has also been an instructor for Relationships Under Construction and a strong supporter of Voice of Hope.  He served the Marion community as coordinator of prayer for County Commissioners meetings, provided leadership for Hope in Marion, served several years as a mentor at North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center for Youth, and participated in many other multi-denominational efforts in the Marion Area.


Rev. George and Irene Sprague

George and Irene served the Marion community for the cause of life from the 1980’s to the time of their passing in 2009 (Irene) and 2011 (George).  Together they served in the Salvation Army for years.  They founded Life is from God Ministries, a pro-life mission here in Marion, and were early members of Marion Citizens for Life.  A poet and writer, Irene often contributed pro-life letters to the Marion Star.

The Spragues were always bold in their stand for life issues.  They are true heroes for the cause of life here in the Marion area.


Marilyn Dowler

This 4’5” dynamo packs more energy in this tiny frame than a pack of wild horses.  And she spends most of it on being an advocate and champion for those who do not have a voice.  She has a big heart for children born and unborn and the elderly.  Marilyn has spent many years being involved in pro-life activities such as Marion Citizens for Life.  She was one of the original committee members.  She has been active in Teens for Life and many trips to Washington D.C. for the March for Life.  She also loves to minister to the elderly by taking her musical talents to nursing homes.  She has been active in Operation Shoe Box collection and distribution.



Thomas Allen Trimner
October 25, 1945 – December 11, 2012

Tom Trimner was our dear friend and will be greatly missed.  He was a protector and defender of the unborn.  He spent many of his days praying for the protection of unborn and an end to abortion.  He earnestly prayed in front of abortion clinics faithfully several times a year despite his medical conditions.  He enjoyed educating himself on pro- life issues and gladly would engage others in conversation to better inform them as well.

Tom was born in Bellevue, Ohio in 1945.  He was a patriot of our great country and served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 thru 1966 with an Honorable Discharge.  He then worked as a corrections officer for the Ohio Department of Corrections until his retirement.  He was previously a certified Hostage Negotiator for O.D. R. C Tom was a proud member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Respect Life Committee and Marion Citizens for Life.  He was a volunteer for Big Brothers and Nashville Song Writer Association where he was a song writer, singer, ventriloquist and entertainer.

Tom was devout in his Christian Catholic faith and loved serving the Lord in many ways.  We are grateful for the privilege to have served with Tom to give voice to those who do not have one.


LiebsDon & Martha Lieb

We would like to recognize Don & Martha Lieb for their dedicated service for the Right to Life movement from the moment of conception till death. Don and Martha attended the first meeting that Fr. Kevin Lutz set up in Marion, Ohio for all denominations in 1983. They became dedicated volunteers to the newly formed Marion County Right to Life that worked thru Ohio Right to Life. Martha became Treasurer and held that position for many years. Don was President of the organization for a Term. They worked side by side with the other members in all the activities of the group.
In later years, Marion St. Mary’s formed their own Respect Life group and Don & Martha also worked with that group as well as reamaining with Marion County Right to Life. They were active until their health had gotten worse and they moved to Cincinnati to be closer to their family. Martha passed away May 13, 2008 and Don passed away March 11, 2012. Marion County Right to Life disbanded because of low membership due to the older members either moving away or passing away. The group remaining joined The Marion Citizens for Life which is a very active organization in the Marion Area.

2 Responses to “Our Pro-Life Heroes”

  1. Life Lover says:

    Anyone who stands up for the ones who cannot are heroes in my book. Thank you for everything you do. I pray for all of you heroes.

    • RTL99 says:

      You said it “Life Lover”. Everyone who fights for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves are true heroes. Keep up God’s work!

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