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John George Saalfield

1915 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
John George Saalfield Obituary
Saalfield, John George 1915 - 2014 Beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, John George Saalfield passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014 after sharing his life with his family and many friends for 99 years! He was born during a snowstorm in Toledo, Ohio at the family home on River Road (built by his maternal grandfather, George M. Williamson) to John Sliny Saalfield , a prominent lawyer, and Gertrude Sidney Williamson on January 7, 1915. His parents had married on December 12, 1912 in Toledo and also born to this union were his siblings: Mary Louise Saalfield Scanlon (1913), Robert James Saalfield (1919), Betsy Marguerite Saalfield Marker (1923), and Joanne Gertrude Saalfield Haikus (1927), all of whom predeceased him. Affectionately known as "Bud" to his sisters, he was always there for them. Also preceding him in death was the love of his life, Anne Meier Saalfield, whom he married on February 24, 1940 in Wapakoneta, Ohio and with whom he created seventy-one years of cherished memories. John is survived by his two sons, John Robert "Jack" Saalfield and his wife Carol of Jacksonville, Florida and James George "Jim" Saalfield M.D. and his wife Sandy of Dallas, Texas. He leaves behind his grandchildren: Shannon Saalfield Thompson and spouse Jodie, John Dwight Saalfield and spouse Missy, Sarah Saalfield Stallings and spouse Jason, James Robert Saalfield and spouse Trica, Royce Boyd Saalfield and Nancy Saalfield Wansor and spouse Jeff. His great-grandchildren Margaret Philp Thompson, Joseph Clark Thompson IV, Dorothy Denning Thompson, Raymond James Saalfield, John Hunt Saalfield, Valen Saalfield and Vale Saalfield as well as many nieces and nephews will miss "Granddad". And those in Dallas will particularly remember his colorful jackets and bright pants as he arrived from Florida each year for Christmas. John spent his childhood in Toledo and graduated from Edward Drummond Libby High School in 1932 and was named to the Libby Hall of Fame. He served his country as a member of the 107th Cavalry of the Ohio National Guard in the early thirties. John entered Ohio State University and received a degree in engineering in 1936. While there, John first lived in a room located in the famed Ohio State Stadium "The Horseshoe" and it began a love of his alma mater that would last a lifetime. He served OSU's College of Engineering as a longtime member of the Civil Engineering Department's Advisory Committee, as a member and Chairman of the Dean's Committee for Tomorrow, and received the Meritorious Service Award. He was a member of Theta Tau, Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering fraternity, a lifetime member of The American Society of Professional Engineers and an Ohio Registered professional Engineer. John began his professional career with Owens Corning Fiberglas Corporation and had assignments in engineering, manufacturing, sales and corporate management in Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Buffalo, NY; Huntingdon, PA; and Toledo, O. through 1948. At that time he followed his entrepreneurial spirit and founded Service Products Building, Inc., a general contracting company specializing in pre-engineered steel buildings with offices in Toledo and Columbus. In 1967 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of The Lathrop Company and he oversaw such construction projects as hospitals, breweries, colleges and shopping malls up and down the east coast. Eventually The Lathrop Company merged with Turner Construction Company. John was Executive Vice President through 1980 and continued as a consultant until 1992 when he retired at the age of seventy-seven. He was a thirty plus year member of Toledo Rotary and served on numerous other community service organizations. John served on the Board of Directors of The Lucas County State Bank and The Huntington National Bank of Toledo and was also on Boards of several privately owned companies. He was member of The Toledo Club. John was a long time member of Epworth United Methodist Church. John and his wife Anne were avid golfers and were integral parts of the Golf Associations at Inverness Club and Sylvania Country Club in Ohio. John served as a marshal at several of the U.S. Opens held at Inverness over the years. He treasured his picture with Arnold Palmer after a round of golf. He played Augusta National many times with his dear friend Ben Boyd and belonged to Peachtree Club in Atlanta. John enjoyed Pebble Beach (CA) and Pine Valley (NJ) among others as well as numerous golf clubs in Florida where he and Anne divided the year between Toledo and Jupiter, Florida. The best golf anyone ever played was when John and his sons Jack and Jim got together for a competitive round! John and his family are grateful to the compassionate people at the Edgemere and the Plaza where he had lived since 2009 and to the doctors and staff at Medical City Hospital Dallas for their skilled care. John Saalfield was a generous and devoted family man, a respected and successful businessman, and always a loyal friend. He was an incredible example of a long life well lived! A family service will be held on April 5, 2014 at St Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. John will return to his beloved Ohio and to Anne for his burial at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park on April 12, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas 75219; the Ohio State University Scholarship Fund, Columbus, Ohio or the .


Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 4, 2014
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