Obituaries: 08-08-19

Yvonne Smith

Yvonne M. Smith, age 71, of Maumee, passed away on Friday, July 19.

Born in Toledo on May 17, 1948 to Charles and Joann Dusha, she moved to Maumee in 1974 and spent the remainder of her life there. Her greatest joy in life was children. She loved to prepare meals, help with homework, taxi to events and be a trusted ear.

She is survived by her brother, John Dusha; sons, Timothy and James; daughters-in-law, Kimberly and Malinee; grandchildren, Hunter, Andrew, Austin, Thipawan and Katriya; as well as the many extended grandchildren she touched during her life.

A memorial service took place on August 6 at St. Joseph Church in Maumee.

William Schweitzer

William E. Schweitzer, age 89, of Maumee, passed away on Monday, July 29.

Born in Sugarcreek, Ohio, on January 3, 1930 to Curtis and Gladys (Beachy) Schweitzer, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He attended Kent State University and later was employed at AP Parts for many years as a manager and fleet administrator until his retirement in 1989. During retirement, Mr. Schweitzer was a courier at the former MidAm and Sky Banks. He loved playing card games with neighbors and at the Maumee and Perrysburg Senior Centers. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, bowling, fishing, Raceway Park and casinos and was a big fan of the Cleveland Indians and Browns. His memberships included the American Legion, Maumee Senior Center and the LST organization.

Surviving are his daughter, Sharel (Jerry) Romaker; son, Lyn (Beth) Schweitzer; grandchildren, Kent (Lynsie), Brandon and Morgan; and great-grandchildren, Brayden and Makensie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doralyn Schweitzer; and brothers, Houston, Dean and Ronald Schweitzer

Visitation and services took place on August 2 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or the Maumee Senior Center.

Jack Apple

Jack L. Apple, age 92, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, July 31.

Born in Bloomdale, Ohio, on August 3, 1926 to Fred and Marie (Dewese) Apple, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, Marie and Richard Thomas. Mr. Apple was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was employed at the former Rossford Ordinance Depot. He later worked as a meat inspector for the Ohio Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the Maumee Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and the Shriners, where he was a Roadrunner, along with the Maumee Elks and Maumee Eagles. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, a good working bird dog and trap and skeet shooting, in which he was a non-resident champion in Michigan. 

Surviving are his sister, Fran Friedman; nephew, Gregg Brimacombe; niece, Barbara Monroe; and great-niece, Kate Monroe. 

Services were private. The family suggests memorial contributions to a wildlife charity of the donor’s choice.

Dale Klammer

Dale Lee Klammer, age 64, of Perrysburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 1.

Born in Merrill, Wis., on November 24, 1954 to William and Margery (Langhoff) Klammer, he was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Colorado and was a co-owner of Sherson Technologies, which he founded with his wife, Barbara, in 1990. Mr. Klammer served as vice president of operations and chief systems engineer.  He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, where he served as a deacon, and was passionately involved in musical groups and praise bands throughout the Toledo area. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing the trumpet and softball and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He will be remembered for his vigorous love of life and resilience and as a strong and grounding force for his family. 

Surviving are his loving wife, Barbara (Stoll) Klammer; children, Chad Eckes, Kevin Eckes, Katie Erickson, Shaina Klammer and Christopher Klammer; granddaughters, Peyton Eckes and Grace Erickson; and sister, Jan Sievert. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Wayne and Bruce Klammer; and brother in-law, Ken Sievert.  

Friends and family will be received at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9 at First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, where services will begin at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio. 

Thomas Leffler

Thomas F. Leffler, age 78, passed away on Thursday, August 1, at his home surrounded by his wonderful wife, his loving children and faithful companion, Sadie Mae. He had courageously battled congestive heart failure since 2006.

Born in Toledo on October 1, 1935 to Thomas and Minnie Leffler, he was a graduate of DeVilbiss High School and The University of Toledo and in 1959 graduated and received his physical therapy degree from The Ohio State University. His professional career began at Children’s Hospital Rehab in Toledo, where he found immense personal satisfaction in working with children afflicted with polio and other neurological conditions. For more than 60 years as a physical therapist and principal of R&F, Inc., Mr. Leffler worked tirelessly to provide health care services, restoring a quality of life to those with whom he came in contact. He was highly respected by a support staff that shared his common mission in health care. His persona, dedication and work ethic transitioned to his children and stepchildren, who are engaged in successful careers.

Mr. Leffler is survived by his wife, Cynthia Leffler; children, Timothy (Julie) Leffler, Robert (Holly) Leffler, Lisa (John) Leffler-McClain, Kaitlyn Cauley and Joseph (Tyra) Leffler; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and brother, Richard “Doc” (Fae) Leffler. He was preceded in death by his parents and his loving daughter, Kimberly Sue.

Visitation took place on August 4 in the Walker Funeral Home. Memorial contributions are suggested to 1-Heart, 2409 Cherry St., Suite 100, Toledo, OH 43608; or Heatherdowns Veterinary Clinic Good Samaritan Fund, 2454 Cass Rd, Toledo, OH 43614.

Thomas Rex

Thomas C. Rex, age 66, of Toledo, passed away suddenly on June 20 at home.

The son of Claron and Ruth (Steele) Rex, he graduated from Maumee High School, where he was a member of Maumee baseball teams. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health and physical education from Ashland College and the State University of New York in Buffalo. Tom was employed for many years at Hunt Wesson Foods. He was well known in and enjoyed participating in Toledo-area billiards circles and tournaments.

Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his son, Steven (Elizabeth) Lofgren; brother, David (Andrea) Rex; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service took place on July 28 at Ottawa Hills Memorial Park.

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