John Newlove

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John L. Newlove, 98, of Bowling Green, Ohio passed away March 7, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Heritage Corner Health Care Campus.

John was born on March 18, 1915, to the late Joseph and Rosa (Weigscheider) Newlove in Rudolph, Ohio, the fourth of nine children. He graduated in 1933 from Liberty/Westwood High School and attended Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green Normal College) for three years studying Arts and Sciences. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II including the D-Day Invasion, European Campaign, and the Battle of the Bulge. After his military service he returned to Bowling Green. In March 1946, John married Evron Mathile of Portage. She died in 1955. In April 1957, John married Lydia Brehmer of Adrian, Michigan. They resided in Western Lenawee County, Michigan. John worked for BF Goodrich Tire and Rubber Company for 25 years, last serving as a territory manager covering Southern Michigan and Northwest Ohio. In 1970, taking early retirement, he returned with his family to Bowling Green where he formed a business partnership with his brothers. In 1978, John opened his own business, John Newlove Real Estate, Inc., with a goal of developing affordable housing for families as well as for Bowling Green State University students.

He is survived by his wife, Lydia (Brehmer) Newlove, Bowling Green and his five children, Ron (Linda) Newlove; Cathy (Gordon) Wenig; John (Angie) Newlove; Joan Newlove and Philip (Susan) Newlove, all of Bowling Green, Ohio; ten grandchildren, Tim (Anita), Jeff (Shelly), John Paul, Ashley, Chad, Brittnay, Stacie (Brian), Taylor, Tess, and Tia; four great-grandchildren, Allison, Baylor, Carmen and Campbell. John was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Elmer, Richard, Claude, Clyde, Albert and Robert and two sisters, Margaret and Marie.

John had currently been the owner/broker of John Newlove Real Estate, Inc. in Bowling Green. He was a member of the Wood County Board of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, serving on the Land Use Committee, and the National Association of Realtors. He was a member of the Toledo Board of Realtors and a member of the Bowling Green Apartment Association. He was a nine time member of the Ohio Association of Realtors President's Sales Club and Wood County Board of Realtors Hall of Fame Award Winner in 1999 and received the Emeritus Award for over 40 years of service to the Wood County Community.

John had been an active member for 45 years of the American Legion Post #441 in Tontogany, Ohio most recently serving in the Honor Guard and also served as their Finance Officer for 15 years. He was a 64 year Life Member of the VFW Paul Ladd Post #1148 in Bowling Green. He served as Trustee for 20 years and most recently served in the Honor Guard. He was recently a World War II honoree in Washington, D.C. He was a member of The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce since 1980, and was honored in 2010 as Bowling Green Outstanding Male Citizen of the Year. John was also a member of the Chamber of Commerce of North Baltimore. He was an active member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church since 1972, Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Holy Trinity Council #6373 (serving as Secretary and Treasurer) and a 4th Degree Knight in the Toledo Assembly #807 and St. Aloysius School Board. He was a Board Member of The Toledo Area Private Industry Council from 1979-1988, and awarded for his outstanding service in 1992. He was a Life Member of the Wood County Historical Society and a Friend of the Parks. He was a member of the Bowling Green Economic Development Commission and served on the Wood County Economic Development Commission. He was also a member of the Downtown Bowling Green Development Committee and a great supporter of the Bowling Green and North Baltimore Area Schools. He was a program supporter and buyer of the Wood County Junior Fair and Pemberville Free Fair Livestock. He was also involved with Bowling Green State University PBS station. He was a generous donor to the Cocoon Shelter, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Wood County, the Salvation Army, Wood County District Public Library and the Wood County Hospital. He was a member of the American Farmland Trust. He quietly supported local efforts like the Simpson Garden Park Development, St. Aloysius's Parish Endowment Fund and current Church renovation project.

Visitation for John will be held Monday, March 10, 2014, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home & Crematory 1460 West Wooster Street, P. O. Box 648, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, Telephone (419) 352-2171 with a Knights of Columbus Ceremonial Service with Holy Rosary at 7:30 p.m. John's Funeral Service will begin at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, where prayers will be recited at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 150 South Enterprise, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, officiated by Father Mark Davis. Interment will follow with Military Honors in the Oak Grove Cemetery. A funeral luncheon will be held in the Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home Remembrance Banquet Hall.

Memorials may be gifted in John's honor to St. Aloysius Parish Endowment Fund, 150 South Enterprise, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402 or to The Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402, or The Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Foundation, 163 North Main Street, P. O. Box 31, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402.

Online condolences, as well as fond memories, may be shared with the Newlove family at
Funeral Home
Deck Hanneman Funeral Home
1460 W. Wooster Street Bowling Green, OH 43402
(419) 352-2171
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Published in Toledo Blade on Mar. 9, 2014
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