BATDORF Jack "Jake" Jack "Jake" Batdorf, age 74, of Liberty Center, Ohio, accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, and entered life eternal, on Friday, February 24, 2012. Jake was born to Ross and Margaret (Planten) Batdorf on December 13, 1937 in Swanton, Ohio. On April 8, 1961, he married his beloved wife, Mary Mock. Jake was a U.S. Army veteran. He served as a Toledo Police Officer for 25 years, working mainly on the Selective Enforcement Unit, which focused mainly on holdups, burglaries, and robberies. He also worked at Owens Illinois Duraglass Center for 11 years. Jake was a member of F.O.P. Lodge #40, Toledo Police Retirees, and American Legion Police Post. Jake is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Mary; daughter, Bonnie (Guy) Oberhofer-Batdorf; son, Michael; grandchildren, Michael, Jeremy (Meagan), Elicia, Kristin (Kyle), and Susan; great-grandchildren, Michael, Logan, Trinity, A.J., Teagan, and Addalynn. Out of respect for Jake's last wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions in memory of Jake may be made to Waterville Community Church-Youth Ministry, 8217 Dutch Rd., Waterville, OH 43566. Arrangements by Weigel Funeral Home. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at weigelfuneralhomes.com When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right here in your heart.
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Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 26, 2012