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(News article) PEMBERVILLE, Ohio - Dr. Thomas P. Bowlus, an East Toledo family physician for a half-century who was honored for his role in a local retirement community, died July 11 in Bay Park Community Hospital, Oregon, after a stroke. He was 91.

He and his wife, Marilyn, lived most recently along the Portage River in Pemberville. He played bridge, and the weekend before he died, "we had a family get-together, and he beat his sons at croquet," his son Tom said.

Dr. Bowlus was about 80 years old when he retired from Family Medical Center on Starr Avenue in East Toledo, a group practice he joined after an internship at what became Riverside Hospital in North Toledo.

"It was a working-class clientele, and I think that's what he loved," said his son Dr. Jim Bowlus, a physician in Elida, Ohio. "They were hard workers, and his job was to keep them and their families healthy.

"Everybody said he was a humble person who would listen to them and give them time, and I think he also was a good diagnostician," his son Jim said.

Dr. Bowlus'? medical license was not set to expire until July 1, 2015, according to State Medical Board of Ohio records online. He was active in a Toledo retired physicians group, and at the height of his profession was a leader in a range of groups. He was a former president of the American Cancer Society'?s Lucas County unit and its Ohio division. He served for nearly 20 years on the Wood County Board of Health and was on the ethics committee at Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon.

He was credited as a force behind the founding in the 1970s of what is now the Otterbein-Portage Valley retirement community near Pemberville. He was honored for his role in the 1980s by state and national associations.

"Dad keeps getting the credit, but he never would want it that way," son Tom said. "Dad would say he was part of a group of concerned families in the Pemberville, Luckey, and Woodville area and churches that participated in making this a reality."

Dr. Bowlus had a medical office at the retirement community for about 20 years.

He graduated from Pemberville High School. He enlisted in the Army after two years at Bowling Green State University and served as a medic in the South Pacific during World War II.

He finished his undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and received a medical degree from the University of Michigan.

"He wasn't an arrogant man, and he wanted us to not feel that we were better than other people," his daughter Jeanne said. "Now they teach diversity. My dad somehow knew."

He loved games and adventure - canoeing, scuba diving in the Caribbean and Great Lakes, and raising hydroponic produce on family land in Wood County'?s Troy Township.

He and and his first wife, Madeline, married in 1946. She died in 1958.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn, whom he married in October, 1969; sons, Dr. James, Thomas, Jonathan, Lt. Col. David, and Mark Bowlus; daughters, Jeanne Thomas and Susan Bowlus; 13 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today in Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pemberville, where visitation will start at 11 a.m. Arrangements are by the Marsh Funeral Home, Pemberville.

The family suggests tributes to Otterbein-Portage Valley; First United Presbyterian Church, Pemberville, where he was an elder, or a charity of the donor's choice.

Contact Blade Staff Writer Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
Continue to obituary Published in Toledo Blade on July 19, 2014.
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"There was never a kinder provider of medicine than Dr. Bowlus who was our family doctor..." Peter Hess, CA
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Dr. Thomas P.



Thomas P. Bowlus, MD, age 91, of Pemberville, Ohio passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014, at Bay Park Community Hospital, Oregon, Ohio. Tom was born May 11, 1923, in Toledo to Harry and Bertha Bowlus of Pemberville, Ohio, where he grew up. He attended Bowling Green State University for 2 years prior to his military service in World War II, where he served in the South Pacific Theater in the 23rd (Americal) Infantry Division as a medic for combat engineers. On returning from the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University and his medical degree at the University of Michigan. He married his first wife Madeline Bichan in 1946, who died in 1958, leaving behind 4 children. He married Marilyn Leibius in 1969, and together they had 3 children.

Tom was a family physician for 50 years at the Family Medical Center at 2020 Starr Avenue in East Toledo and practiced at St. Charles and Riverside Hospitals. He was a kind and gentle doctor who truly enjoyed caring for his patients and he missed them when he retired. He was active in the Toledo Retired Physicians group.

He was the inspiration for and founder of the non-profit Otterbein-Portage Valley Retirement Center near Pemberville, where he also had a medical office from 1981 to 2001. Here, he also served as president of the board in the early years. Otterbein-Portage Valley began in 1975 as a grassroots effort led by Dr. Tom and involved the support of many local individuals, organizations, and communities to bring it to fruition.

He was very active in the American Cancer Society, serving as President of the Lucas County Division and the Ohio division. He was a humble, unassuming man of God and served as an elder for many years in the Pemberville Presbyterian Church, and in his last years played on the church dart ball team.

In the 50s he joined the Toledo Submariners, a local scuba diving group, and went on numerous dives in exotic locations. This group of men gradually changed into a tennis group that continued to go yearly for a week to various southern locations. He was a member of the Wood County Board of Health from 1977-1986. He was also on the St. Charles Ethics Committee.

He was an avid Ohio State fan, despite the fact that he graduated from the School Up North. He and his wife Marilyn enjoyed traveling together and went to many foreign locales. He always maintained a large garden and a flock of sheep at his beloved country home. He loved to grow and give away tomato plants to his friends. Tom loved the game of bridge, always seeking to improve his game. In his last years, he organized and led a weekly bridge group at the Pemberville Senior Center. Above all, he treasured the time he spent with his family.

Surviving Tom is his wife, Marilyn; children, James (Betty) Bowlus of Lima, Jeanne (Steven) Thomas of Conway, MA, Thomas (Lynn) Bowlus of Pemberville, Jonathan (Carla) Bowlus of Upper Sandusky, David (Meredith) Bowlus of Ft. Campbell, KY, Mark (Judy) Bowlus of Bowling Green, Susan (Jenna Hanson) Bowlus of Columbus, OH; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Madeline; sisters, Elizabeth Bowlus and Josephine Reed and brothers, Ted and James Bowlus.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 2-7 p.m. in the Bowlus Life Enrichment Center of Otterbein Portage Valley Senior Lifestyle Community, 20311 Pemberville Road, Pemberville, OH. Funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pemberville, OH with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Rev. James Miller and Rev. David Bowlus. Interment will be in Pemberville Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at Bethlehem Lutheran Church immediately following the cemetery committal services. Memorial contributions may be directed to Otterbein - Portage Valley, First United Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice. Marsh Funeral Home, Pemberville, OH is handling the arrangements. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo, may do so at

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Continue to obituary Published in Toledo Blade on July 15, 2014.
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MARSH

Donald R.



Donald R. Marsh, age 86, of Lemoyne, OH passed away on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Unit. He was born on February 5, 1928, in Stony Ridge, OH to Norman and Bessie (Thornton) Marsh. On June 8, 1951, he married Carol Keller in Perrysburg, OH and she survives. Don was a long time employee of the C & O Railroad for 42 years (now CSX). He was an honorably discharged veteran, doing aerial photography for the Army Air Corp serving from 1950 - 1952. A highlight most recently - he went on Honor Flight on June 21, 2013. When his health permitted, Don and Carol enjoyed taking trips on their Gold Wing Motorcycle. He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Friends on Wheels and the Gold Wing Touring Association (they traveled nearly all the states in the U.S.) and was also a member of the Stony Ridge Civic Club.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Carol; children, Tom (Marla) Marsh of Gibsonburg, Pam (Ron) Adcock of Millbury; grandchildren, Amber Marsh, Christopher (Kellie) Duquette, Kelly Duquette; 2 great-grandchildren, Morgan and Connor Duquette; brother, Elwood (Donna) Marsh of Walbridge; sisters, Virginia Gnieser of Ada, Ruth Jacobs of Walbridge, Pat Roth of Walbridge and Chris (Jack) Vroman of Lemoyne. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Glen and Ron.

Family and friends will be received on Friday, July 25, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH, where funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Peter Johnston. Interment will be in Troy Township Cemetery, Luckey, OH. Considerations for memorial contributions are to Friends of the Park or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at:

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Continue to obituary Published in Toledo Blade on July 24, 2014.
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Paul H.



Paul H. Rolf, age 90, of Pemberville, OH passed away on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio. He was born on May 11, 1924, in Pemberville, OH to Frank and Jessie (Bruns) Rolf. On April 21, 1951, he married Wilma Witker in Pemberville, OH and she survives. Paul's employments included Pemberville Elevator, Page Dairy Company, Toledo, Daybrook Hydraulic, Bowling Green and Ford Motor Company, Maumee as a maintenance welder where he retired in 2000.

He served his country proudly while enlisted in the United States Army during WWII in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1946. His memberships included life member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, church councilman, Pemberville American Legion Freedom Post #183, UAW where he was past president for many years and held other various offices. In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren and friends.

Paul is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Wilma; daughters, Linda (Steve) Williford of New Albany, OH, Beth (Bill) McCowin of Perrysburg, and Joann (Tom) Rolf-Andersen of Toledo; grandchildren, Corey and Kevin Bettenbrock, Jason and Courtney Andersen and sister, Eleanor Rolf of Pemberville. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hazel Rolf, Viola Rolf and brother, Franklin (Olga) Rolf.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 4-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 4094 State Route 105, Pemberville, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Pemberville, OH with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Rev. Matthew Musteric. Interment will be in Pemberville Cemetery, Pemberville, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at the church immediately following the cemetery committal services. Consideration for memorial contributions are to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Charity of the donor's choice. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at

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Margaret (Marge) Schnoor

FREMONT: Margaret (Marge) Schnoor passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014.

Marge was born on May 25, 1922 to Fred and Stella (Murphy) Walters in Port Clinton, OH. She graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1940. On July 4, 1941she married Henry P. Schnoor Jr. at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Oak Harbor, OH where they made their home. Their son Frederick Lee Schnoor was born in 1946. Marge worked for Corthell Electric until 1966 when Erie Army Depot closed and Henry was transferred to Chambersburg, PA. Marge made many dear friends in Chambersburg, attended Zion United Church of Christ, and worked for Beltone Hearing. Upon retiring, Marge and Henry returned to Ohio, adopted a cat, and settled in Woodville.

Marge was active in gardening, bingo, knitting, traveling on bus trips with friends, and volunteering at Woodville United Methodist Church. In 2007, Marge and Henry moved to Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont. After Henry's death, Marge continued to be busy with the many activities at Elmwood, family outings, and caring for her cat Scamper II. She was an avid reader, Fox News viewer, and NASCAR fan, cheering for Jimmie Johnson. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she enjoyed family games and parties.

Marge is survived by her son: Frederick (Sandra) Schnoor; grandchildren: Frederick L. (Dr. Shelley) Schnoor Jr., Melissa Schnoor, and Victoria (Matt) Wolfe; great- grandchildren: Noah Schnoor, Gabriel Schnoor, Matthew Wolfe, and Vivienne Wolfe; a brother: Gene (Pat) Walters resides in Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters: Betty Sarine and Kathryn Cooper, and brother: James Walters.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 27, 2014 from 3-7 PM at Marsh Funeral Home, 201 W. Main Street, Woodville, OH where funeral services will be conducted on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11AM. Officiating will be Rev. Carol Williams-Young. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor, OH. A bereavement luncheon will be served in the Woodville United Methodist Church fellowship hall immediately following the cemetery committal services.

She greatly loved and appreciated her friends, fellow residents, and staff members at Elmwood Assisted Living. Special thanks to wonderful care of Fremont Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Memorial Hospital.

Considerations for memorial contributions are to: Promedica Memorial Hospice, 430 S. Main Street, Clyde, OH 43410.

Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at www.marshfuneralhomes.com



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"I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR FRED SCHNOOR FOR SHARING HIS MOTHER MARGARET (MARGE) SCHNOOR..."
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Margaret (Marge)



Margaret (Marge) Schnoor passed away peacefully on July 22, 2014. Marge was born on May 25, 1922, to Fred and Stella (Murphy) Walters in Port Clinton, OH. She graduated from Port Clinton High School in 1940.

On July 4, 1941, she married Henry P. Schnoor Jr. at St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church in Oak Harbor, OH, where they made their home. Their son, Frederick Lee Schnoor, was born in 1946. Marge worked for Corthell Electric until 1966, when Erie Army Depot closed and Henry was transferred to Chambersburg, PA. Marge made many dear friends in Chambersburg, attended Zion United Church of Christ, and worked for Beltone Hearing. Upon retiring, Marge and Henry returned to Ohio, adopted a cat, and settled in Woodville. Marge was active in gardening, bingo, knitting, traveling on bus trips with friends, and volunteering at Woodville United Methodist Church. In 2007, Marge and Henry moved to Elmwood Assisted Living of Fremont. After Henry's death, Marge continued to be busy with the many activities at Elmwood, family outings, and caring for her cat, Scamper II. She was an avid reader, Fox News viewer, and NASCAR fan, cheering for Jimmie Johnson. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she enjoyed family games and parties.

Marge is survived by her son, Frederick (Sandra) Schnoor; grandchildren, Frederick L. (Dr. Shelley) Schnoor Jr., Melissa Schnoor, and Victoria (Matt) Wolfe; great-grandchildren, Noah Schnoor, Gabriel Schnoor, Matthew Wolfe, and Vivienne Wolfe. A brother, Gene (Pat) Walters, resides in Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Betty Sarine and Kathryn Cooper, and brother, James Walters.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 3-7 p.m. at Marsh Funeral Home, 201 W. Main Street, Woodville, OH where funeral services will be conducted on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. Officiating will be Rev. Carol Williams-Young. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Oak Harbor, OH. A bereavement luncheon will be served in the Woodville United Methodist Church fellowship hall immediately following the cemetery committal services.

She greatly loved and appreciated her friends, fellow residents, and staff members at Elmwood Assisted Living. Special thanks to wonderful care of Fremont Memorial Hospital and Hospice of Memorial Hospital. Considerations for memorial contributions are to Promedica Memorial Hospice, 430 S. Main Street, Clyde, OH 43410. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at

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Megan A.



Megan A. Simkus, age 41 of Woodville, OH passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at The Toledo Hospital, Toledo due to injuries sustained from an automobile accident. She was born on December 2, 1972, in Toledo, OH to Dean and Alicia (Wonn) Krieger. On May 7, 1997, she married Bruce Simkus in Woodville and he survives. Megan was a MRI-X-Ray Technologist for the Toledo Orthopaedic Surgeons, Toledo, OH. She was a member of Solomon Lutheran Church, Woodville, OH. In her spare time she enjoyed running and playing golf.

Megan is survived by her husband, Bruce; sons, Matthew of Cincinnati, Bradley of Woodville; mother, Alicia Krieger of Crossville, TN; brother, Timothy Krieger of New Braunfels, TX; sister, Margo Staton of Englewood, OH, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Dean Krieger, and brother, Matthew Krieger.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the Marsh Funeral Home, Woodville, OH. Those wishing to express encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at

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Continue to obituary Published in Toledo Blade on July 9, 2014.
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Lyle F.



Lyle F. Snyder, age 79, of Perrysburg, OH passed away on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Parkcliffe Community, Toledo, OH. He was born on June 26, 1935, in Stony Ridge, OH to Charles and Hazel (Thornton) Snyder. On May 29, 1954, he married Helen Goodman in Stony Ridge, and she survives. Lyle was Carman for the C&O Railroad and retired in 1990. He was a member of Monclova Road Baptist Church, Monclova, OH. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing.

Lyle is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Helen; children, Debbie (James) Williams of Perrysburg, OH, Richard (Becky) Snyder of Grand Rapids, OH, Randy Snyder of Bowling Green, OH; grandchildren, Jade (Kamia) Snyder, Matthew (Sasha) Williams, Michelle (Tyler) Ruegsegger, Richard Snyder, Miranda (Mark) Mainor, Ryan Snyder; great-grandchildren, Kailey and Madelyn Snyder, Shaylin, Maliah and Alaya Williams, Lexis Mainor and Macy Ruegsegger. He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Macy Williams; brother, Marvin Snyder; infant sisters, Dorothy and Carol Snyder and sister, Norma (Bill) Heermeier.

Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, July 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Monclova Road Baptist Church, 7819 Monclova Road, Monclova, OH with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Pastor Russ Merrin. Interment will be in Fort Meigs Cemetery, Perrysburg, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at church immediately following the cemetery committal services. Consideration for memorial contributions are to Monclova Road Baptist Church. Those wishing to express a word of encouragement, share a memory or photo may do so at

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WARD

Norris "Gene"



Norris "Gene" Ward, 87, of Walbridge, Ohio died peacefully in his sleep at St. Charles Hospital in Oregon, Ohio on July 19, at 8 a.m. Norris was born in Mt. Blanchard, Ohio in 1927, to Farel D. and Nina (Gilliland) Ward. Norris graduated from Mt. Blanchard High School in 1945. Norris attended Bowling Green State University where he majored in education. He taught chemistry and physics at Ruggles-Troy High School in Nova, Ohio for one year, Beaverdam High School in Beaverdam, Ohio for five years, and Lake High School in Millbury, Ohio for thirty-one years. He also coached numerous sports and continued coaching at Lake even after his retirement from teaching. His coaching included football, basketball, cross-country, and track. In addition, he was Lake's first hockey coach and served in this capacity for twenty-seven years. Norris also received the very first Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award for hockey in 1995-1996.

Norris enjoyed golfing, running, bowling, swimming, photography and spending time with his family. Norris attended Lakewood Church of the Brethren in Millbury, Ohio where he sang in the church choir. He also served the church in various positions over the years including teaching Sunday school, Sunday school superintendent, and serving on the church board.

Norris was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Larry Ward of Findlay, Ohio; his grandson, David, and his beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Doris (Hawley). Norris is survived by his daughters, Terrie (James) Deitemyer and Sandra Ward, both residing in Walbridge, Ohio; his brothers, Dell Ward of Bradenton, Florida and Loris Ward of Mt. Blanchard, Ohio; his sisters, Martha Benjamin of Arlington, Ohio, Nellie (Russell) Branan of Arlington, Ohio, and Janet (Louie) Courtney of Mt. Blanchard, Ohio, and his grandchildren, James Deitemyer, Sandra Deitemyer, and Andrew Deitemyer all residing in Walbridge, Ohio.

Family and friends will be received on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Marsh Funeral Home, 110 Main Street, Luckey, OH. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. from Lakewood Church of the Brethren, Millbury, OH with additional visitation from 10 a.m. until time of services. Officiating will be Rev. Byron Hawbecker and Rev. Delbert Kettering. Burial will be in Lake Township Cemetery, Millbury, OH. There will be a bereavement luncheon served at the church immediately following the cemetery committal services. Those giving a memorial contribution may wish to consider Mercy St. Charles Heart Failure Clinic, Lakewood Church of the Brethren or the Gene Ward Scholarship Fund at Lake High School.

It was important to Norris to thank all his doctors and nurses who helped extend his life, especially Samantha of the St. Charles Heart Failure Clinic.

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"To the family of Gene Ward, I remember Mr. Ward from my days playing high school hockey..." Matt Zaleski, OH
(News article) Norris "Gene" Ward, a Lake High School science teacher who coached the hockey team for years after he retired from the classroom, died Saturday in Mercy St. Charles Hospital in Oregon. He was 87.

Mr. Ward of Walbridge was in ill health the last year, his daughter Terrie said, with congestive heart failure and - most recently - kidney and liver failure.

He retired in 1986 from Lake, where for 31 years he taught chemistry and physics. He coached hockey through the 1997-1998 season and stopped only because his cardiologist told him to stop skating with the team, his daughter said.

By then, he was the dean of Toledo-area high school hockey coaches. He was at the helm when the Lake team started in 1971-1972, the second season of organized high school hockey in the Toledo area. He was a former Lake High head football and track coach. When he coached cross country, he ran with the team. He also coached junior high basketball.

"He worked tirelessly as a coach in any sport," said Dave Shaffer, Lake athletic director, who in 1980 was a student in Mr. Ward's chemistry class. "He was a great man, one of our best."

Mr. Ward was in the Lake Hall of Fame and was a 1996 recipient of the Ohio High School Athletic Association'?s Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award.

He tailored his approach to the individual player, his daughter said.

In the classroom, he could joke and be playful as he made the subject interesting, Mr. Shaffer recalled.

He asked his family to bring his chemistry, physics, and math texts to the funeral home, his daughter said. "Sports was fun, but education was important," his daughter said.

He was born May 25, 1927, in Mount Blanchard, Ohio, to Nina and Farel Ward. He was a graduate of Mount Blanchard High School and Bowling Green State University. He began his teaching and coaching career at Ruggles-Troy High School in Nova, Ohio, and at Beaverdam (Ohio) High School.

He and the former Doris Hawley married in March, 1950. She died in October, 2007.

Surviving are his daughters Terrie Deitemyer and Sandra Ward; brothers, Dell and Loris; sisters, Martha Benjamin, Nellie Branan, and Janet Courtney, and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today in Lakewood Church of the Brethren, Millbury, where visitation is to begin at 10 a.m. Arrangements are by the Marsh Funeral Home, Luckey.

The family suggests tributes to the Mercy St. Charles Heart Failure Clinic; Lakewood Church of the Brethren, or the Gene Ward Scholarship Fund at Lake High.

Contact Blade staff writer Mark Zaborney at: mzaborney@theblade.com or 419-724-6182.
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