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Obituaries: 01-10-19

Terry Kuhl

Terry Walter Kuhl, age 80, passed away on Saturday, January 5 in Toledo.

 Born and raised in Toledo, the son of Clarence and Grace Kuhl, he graduated from Jesup W. Scott High School in 1956. A proud Bulldog, he earned 13 varsity letters (four football, four basketball, four baseball and one track). After high school, he signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and played his first summer in Jamestown, N.Y. Sadly, an injury ended his professional baseball career in his rookie year. He then joined the U.S. Army, where he worked as a library assistant and played baseball for Fort Knox. After his service in the Army, he found a new way to continue his passion for athletics by becoming a basketball official. 

Mr. Kuhl refereed basketball at both the high school and collegiate levels for 27 years, including long stints in both the Mid-American Conference and the Big Ten Conference. He was inducted into the Northwest Ohio District Basketball Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2005. He had a tremendous work ethic that he literally poured into his businesses. First, he owned the Tropics on Sylvania Ave. in Toledo and then Terry’s Bar at Wernert’s Corners. Finally, he founded Ohio-Michigan Library Sales, which later became Great Lakes Book Distributors. He worked all three jobs for most of his adult life.

Terry and his wife Susie found their dream home on the water in Indian River, Mich. They created a wonderful place for the grandchildren to spend summer and winter vacations alike. They spent 20 years in Northern Michigan before returning home and settling in Whitehouse, Ohio. His legacy, however, was cemented in his family. He had a great love for his family, and they for him. When he wasn’t working, he was on his favorite swing with the grandkids, teaching them how to fish, lifting his hat merely by blowing on his thumb or taking them on a boat ride. Through seven kids, 15 grandkids and 21 great-grandkids, his love and passions will live on.

So long, Slick. We will meet you up on the roof to watch the sun go down.

Mr. Kuhl is survived by the love of his life, Sue (Thompson) Kuhl; his children, Cary (Jenny) Kuhl, Rick Kuhl, Steve (Laura Lee) Kuhl, Lori Dziczek, Michael (Renay) Kuhl, Jennifer Hansen, and Terry (Melissa) Kuhl II; grandchildren, Nathaniel, Johnny, Treasure, Paradise, Alexis, Meaghan, Timothy, Tyler, Tiffany, Sydney, Morganne, Andrew, Mallory, Gage, Talon and Manny; great-grandchildren, Caden, Macy, Alexander, Elise, Timothy, Vivian, Rian, Emily, Ashton, Danika, Delila, Riley, Sebastian, Justin, Giovanni, Peyton, Michael, Jr., Kailani, Keala, Axel and Manny, Jr.; and sister, Peggy. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert, and sister, Violet.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:a.m. on Saturday, January 12 at Hope United Methodist Church, 10610 Waterville St. in Whitehouse, followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Terry’s honor to Scott High School Athletics, 2400 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo, OH, 43620.

Gene Phlegar

Gene G. Phlegar, age 85, died at home on Thursday, December 27. 

An only child, he was born in McKees Rocks, Pa., on August 20, 1933 to Charles and Irma Phlegar. He attended Penn State University and graduated from the College of Wooster and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He also pursued postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Gene shared 61 years with the love of his life, Nancy (Rusty). They were blessed with five children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Gene began his career in ministry as a Presbyterian pastor but found his true calling as a chaplain, providing spiritual and compassionate support to those in need, both at Hospice of Northwest Ohio and at St Luke’s Hospital in Maumee. He also served as interim pastor for many churches throughout Ohio and Michigan over the years. Music was a prominent part of his life, as he had a natural gift for playing piano and other keyboards. Many will remember hearing him play alone or as a part of a group at weddings, restaurants and other events around the Toledo area. He especially loved jazz and classical music and was a strong supporter of the arts, especially the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. He also quietly supported numerous other local, regional and global charitable causes.

An avid reader, he loved working crossword puzzles – in ink! He relished a good glass of wine and was fond of a well-prepared gourmet meal. After retirement, he and his wife made many memories on trips throughout the U.S., Europe and Australia. 

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Phlegar; children, Beth Phlegar, Kirk (Marnie) Phlegar, Wendy (J.B.) Holmes, Greg (Shannon) Phlegar and Mark (Natalie) Phlegar; grandchildren, Alexandra, Connor, Hayley, Thomas, Eric, Jay (Meghan), Cody (Kathryn) Hunter, Michael and Mercer; and great-grandchildren, Patrick and Samuel.

Friends and family will be received from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 14 at the First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg. In lieu of flowers, the family recommends donations to Kitchen for the Poor in Toledo, Hospice of Northwest Ohio or First Presbyterian Church in Perrysburg.  

John Meadows

John Meadows, age 46, of Holland, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 31.

Born in Toledo on August 20, 1972 to Edward and Linda (Murphy) Meadows, his degrees included Dual Spanish and Theater B.A., M.Ed. Secondary Education, M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Graduate Spanish Certificate, and finally, he was working on a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology. He was currently employed at Anthony Wayne High School as a Spanish teacher and had previously been a Spanish instructor at The University of Toledo and Owens Community College. Also, he had been a Spanish teacher and union president at Fremont Ross High School and taught at Scott High School. He also taught many courses at BGSU and UT through the years.

Mr. Meadows was not only a teacher, but also a licensed counselor, and he was also deeply involved in clinical and mental health counseling. He will be missed, for he loved fiercely and was loved by many. He was a beacon of light for his students; their loss may be the greatest. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Inez and Dewey Meadows and Mildred and Harold Murphy. Left to cherish his memory are his close family members; a host of loving friends whom he considered his family; and all of his school families. 

Friends and family will be received from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15 at Newcomer Southwest Chapel, 4752 Heatherdowns Blvd. in Toledo, where a memorial service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, with gathering from 10:00 a.m. until the service begins. Memorial contributions may be made to Lucas County Pit Crew (www.lucascountypitcrew.com) or to the funeral home to offset funeral expenses.

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