Frank X. Lauterbur, age 88, passed away on November 20, 2013, at Parkcliffe Communities. He was born in Cincinnati, OH on August 8, 1925, to Frank and Wilhelmina (Spellacey) Lauterbur. Frank was a 1943 graduate of the University of Detroit High and attended Oberlin College as part of the Marine Corps V-12 program. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during World War II. Frank received a bachelor's degree from Mount Union College and later a master's degree from Kent State University. His coaching career included Kent State, Army, University of Pittsburgh, University
of Iowa, and pro-teams,
Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks. Most notably, the head
football coach and athletic director of The University of Toledo that had three
undefeated seasons and 35 straight victories. His career came full circle when he came back to Toledo as a scout. Coach Lauterbur was inducted into the Varsity "T" Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame in 1990. He
retired in 1993.
Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling the world extensively. He treasured his time with his family and friends, especially his grandsons and was a member of Little Flower Church.
He is survived by his
children, Mary Lauterbur, Fran (Jim) Denny, Carol (John) Philyaw, and Frank Lauterbur, and grandsons, Jeff and Ryan Philyaw. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, who passed away in 2006.
Family and friends may visit at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave., (west of Corey Rd.) on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Prayers will begin at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 a.m.
at Little Flower Catholic Church, 5522 Dorr St., Toledo, OH. Burial will be private in Sidney, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lauterbur Scholarship Fund in memory of Frank Lauterbur, P.O. Box 586, Toledo, OH 43697-0586. The family wishes to thank the Parkcliffe Communities and Promedica Hospice for their care of Frank. Online condolences may be shared with the family at
Walker Funeral Home
5155 West Sylvania Avenue Toledo, OH 43623
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 22, 2013