Joe Lengel Jr., 57, died suddenly on Monday, November 19, 2012, of a gunshot wound in front of his business, Intensity CrossFit Gym.
Joe was an exceptional athlete, an artist of extraordinary ability and an uncommon minister whose spiritual guidance helped so many people over the years. Over his lifetime, he achieved success in whatever field he chose, but no matter what the venue, Joe remained a humble man.
Joe was born on December 22, 1954, in Toledo. He graduated from Bedford High School, where he was a state championship wrestler.
In the mid-1980s, Joe began his career as a house painter but with his creative abilities, he eventually moved into decorative painting and faux finish. He was a self-taught master wood grainer and marblizer and gained notoriety for renovating homes, old and new.
A near catastrophic event earlier in Joe's life prompted him to pursue a theological degree. He began as a youth minister and, eventually, became head pastor at Waterville Community Church, where he remained until 2010.
Joe had always maintained an interest in physical fitness, and beginning in 2006 he became one of the first participants in CrossFit, a popular fitness program. In 2010 he bought his own CrossFit gym in South Toledo. Joe competed in the Master [55-59] CrossFit Tournament in both 2011 and this year and finished sixth in the world both years.
Joe was an amazing husband, father, brother and son to his family. He was adored by his eight grandchildren and loved to play with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Norma Lengel and grandson, Kelan.
Surviving Joe are his wife, Diana; sons, Aaron (Kendra) and Matt; daughter, Mary Beth; companion of 32 years, Karen; sisters, Debbie (Alex) Lengel, Carol (Ben) Oestrich, Bonnie Dalgo and Shirley (Gary) Keller; grandchildren, Aiden, Kolbrin, Kamden, Atley, Avelyn and Koralyn, Layla and Reis
Visitation will be held at Waterville Community Church, 8217 Dutch Road, Waterville, on Saturday, November 24, between 1 p.m.-6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the church Sunday, November 25 at 3 p.m. with a meal to follow.
A non-profit charitable fund has been established in Joe's name to carry on the legacy of his passion and commitment to the Crossfit community. It will be used to promote Crossfit in the lives of disadvantaged youth everywhere. Perhaps we can save others from this kind of horrific tragedy.
Donations can be made out to "The Joe Lengel Memorial Fund" and sent to P.O. Box 13364, Toledo, OH 43613.
Arrangements by Blanchard-Strabler Funeral Home. Online condolences blanchardstrabler.com