Marion F. Fitch passed away Thursday October 17, 2013 at home of natural causes. Marion was born on August 10, 1931, in Grand Rapids, Ohio, to Marion L. and Charlotte Ross-Fitch. Marion went on to serve four years in the U.S. Navy and he was assigned to the Naval Installation at Key West, Florida. Upon his discharge from the Navy he joined the Toledo Police Department in 1956 as a patrolman. He was promoted to the rank of Detective and is credited with setting up and coordinating the very successful Crime Stoppers Program.
Marion was highly respected and the recipient of department commendations and many letters of praise and recognition from other law enforcement agencies and the general public. He received special recognition from the US Secret Service for his efforts on behalf of the Toledo Police Department in coordinating the visits to the Toledo area of Presidential candidates Jimmy Carter (1976) and Ronald Reagan (1980) and Vice Presidential candidates Walter Mondale and George H.W. Bush. Prior to his retirement in 1984 from the TPD as a detective Marion received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Toledo.
From the spring of 1984 through the summer of 1992, Marion was an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Defiance College where he taught Criminal Investigations, Criminalistics and Police Community Records. Dr. Donald Knueve, Associate Provost at Defiance College regarded Marion as "someone you could always count on." Marion also taught in the Criminal Justice Programs at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
In the spring of 1987, Marion was appointed Chief of Police for the Village of Walbridge. He held the position for nearly seven years. During that time, he went on to teach at the Toledo Police Academy Peace Officer Basic Training, Corrections Basic Training, and Private Security Training.
Marion was a well-respected and highly regarded man of great integrity and accomplishments. In his spare time, Marion and his wife Judy enjoyed traveling and visited over 122 countries.
Marion is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Judith Kimple-Fitch, his children, Judith (Warren) Gould, Victoria (Hanson) Holmes, Steve (Krishni) Brigham, and Amy (John) Krontz; grandchildren, Jacob (Clare) Spafford, Sarah Gould, Stephanie Spafford, Johnny Krontz, and Kaity Krontz, and his great-grandchildren, Connor Gould-Jacobs, Griffin and Ava Spafford.
The family will receive friends at The Walter Funeral home at 4653 Glendale Avenue, Toledo, on Monday October 21, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. The funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 22nd at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 3620 Heatherdowns Blvd. A wake is immediately to follow. Memorial contributions are suggested to the church in lieu of flowers.
Published in Toledo Blade on Oct. 20, 2013