Ronald E. Disher, age 85, of Waterville, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 1.
A retired teacher after 33 years in Toledo Public Schools, he owned and operated Disher Christmas Tree Farm in Whitehouse for 50 years, was a Scott High School varsity baseball coach and also a farmer and member of the Toledo Zenobia Shrine Brass Band and 32nd-degree Mason and Scottish Rite. Mr. Disher was a member of the Anthony Wayne Hall of Fame, a former member of the Anthony Wayne school board and a former Providence Town-ship trustee. In 1951, he was a member of the first graduating class from Anthony Wayne High School and then attended The Ohio State University, where he was a pitcher on the varsity baseball team that won a Big Ten championship in 1955. He participated in pitching a no-hitter and was a very proud OSU alum and a member of the Ohio State Presidents Club, Varsity O Club and Buckeye Club.
Mr. Disher’s teaching career began at Liberty Center and then transcended to Toledo Public Schools, with the most time spent at Scott High School, where he was a varsity baseball coach. He worked to make a difference in young people’s lives, was active in the OWE (Occupational Work Experience) program as the state president and always strived to teach his students and others the value of a work ethic and growing up to be responsible members of the community.
He enjoyed family gatherings and tending to the farm and his farm animals and pets. At Christmastime he loved his Christmas tree business and providing local area families the joy and experience of coming to the farm and searching the land for the perfect tree. For eight years, he raised reindeer, camels and donkeys that he used as he traveled to various communities displaying a live nativity scene for the public. Anyone who knew Ron knew that he loved to reminisce and tell a good story.
Surviving are his brother, Larry (Barbara) Disher; daughters, Rhonda (Steven) Wise, Alicia Enright and Megan Disher; Cathy Disher (Megan’s mother); ex-spouse, Denise Cook; grandchildren, Hunter Wise, Quinten (Kara) Wise, Tyler (Lisa Buffington) Wise, Joshua (Kelly) Wise and Christien (Megan) Wise; nephews, Mike Disher and Jeff (Kathy) Disher; and special friends, Bill and Leslie Hertzfeld, Ken Leininger and Jeremy Bruns, who provided loving support and care. He was preceded in death by his ex-spouse, E. Lorraine Disher (mother of Rhonda and Alicia); mother, Odell Disher; father T. Victor Disher; and niece, Amy Sue Disher.
Family and friends were received on September 7 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee for visitation and services, followed by interment in Whitehouse Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or Nature’s Nursery.
Kenneth Irving Artz, age 86, of Perrysburg, left this life on Wednesday, September 4.
Born in Perrysburg on December 13, 1932 to Irving and Mary (Cornelius) Artz, he was a 1952 graduate of Perrysburg High School and shortly after was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving two years in Germany with the military police. He married Evelyn Agosti on October 6, 1956 at St. Joseph Catholic Church and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2006 before she passed away in 2007. Mr. Artz worked at L.O.F (Rossford) for 41 years, retiring in 1991, and also was a farmer. During retirement, he was employed part-time at Churchill’s Supermarket in Perrysburg and Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee.
A lifetime member of Local 9 (Glassworkers), Ken was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council (1978) and a member of St. Rose Catholic Church, where he ushered for many years. A sports enthusiast, he loved coaching Little League while his sons played, enjoyed playing basketball and softball and loved his Detroit and Notre Dame teams. Many sports conversations were held with his sons and grandsons. A quiet man and a very devoted Catholic, Ken loved his family and was always there for them.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn; and son, Daniel. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Pamela (David Welch) Knight, of Toledo; son, Michael (Sherri) Artz, of Toledo; daughter-in-law, Connie Artz; grandchildren, Amanda Blachman, Brittany (Jesse) Hamilton and Cory and Chad Musselman; great-grandson, Brixton; siblings, Joyce (Richard) Dauer, Bob (Joan) and Duane (Lynn); many nieces, nephews and friends; and wonderful friend, Marilyn.
Friends and family were received on September 8 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on September 9 in St. Rose Catholic Church, followed by interment in Fort Meigs Cemetery in Perrysburg. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (for Evelyn and Dan), Hospice of Northwest Ohio, ALS Foundation or St. Rose Catholic Church.