Obituaries: 08-29-19

Robert Beach, Jr.

Robert Royal Beach, Jr., age 79, of Toledo, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, surrounded by his family. 

Born in Toledo on August 26, 1939 to Robert and Helen (Rill) Beach, Sr., he graduated from DeVilbiss High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He retired as a machine operator for Champion Spark Plug after 26 years. Mr. Beach loved watching his grandchildren play sports, the Cleveland Indians and Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes. He also enjoyed bowling in his younger years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Sharon; son, Bryan (Susie) Beach; daughter, Robin (Scott) Struffolino; and grandchildren, Kaylie and Kevin Beach, Robert Ryan and Tyler Struffolino. 

Visitation was on August 22 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where the funeral service took place on August 23, followed by interment in Roth Memorial Cemetery in Monclova. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

George Nickey

George A. Nickey, age 81, of Maumee, passed away on Tuesday, August 20.

Born on November 15, 1937 to Edward and Ina (Rahm) Nickey, he graduated from Libbey High School and The University of Toledo, served in the U.S. Navy and retired from Owens-Illinois, where he received 23 patents for machines and production equipment. Mr. Nickey was a founding member of the AAU Sportsmen Club in Long Rapids, Mich., and a charter member of the Fishing Farce, as well as a member of the Maumee-Bowling Green Elks, Turtles, Eagles, American Legion and VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter, Shelly (Mark) Heider; sons, Greg (Tammy) Nickey and Mike (Christy) Nickey; grandchildren, Katie (B.J.) Balla, Justin (Cassandra) Nickey, Jon (Candace) Heider, Nathan (fiancée Jani) Nickey, Amy (Sean) Heider, Mike Heider and Graham Nickey; great-grandchildren, Charli and Henry Nickey and Will, Jonah and Hayley Balla; sister, Penny Nutten; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Edward and sister Edith.

The family invites family and friends to gather for a celebration of George’s life on Saturday, September 7 from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Maumee/BG Elks Lodge in Maumee. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donating to the Scouting program that was such an important part of his life, Erie Shores Council, Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 8728, Toledo, OH 43623 (

Willard Baggett

Willard Hugh Baggett, age 89, passed away recently at Northwest Ohio Hospice in Perrysburg.

Born in Maumee, he was a 1949 graduate of Maumee High School and a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany. He worked over the years as a manager of many stores for Kroger, from which he retired. He loved to cook and also had his own restaurant when he lived in Arizona, as well as a baseball card shop in Maumee next to the Maumee Indoor Theater. 

Mr. Baggett is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marian; stepson, Tom Ryan; stepdaughter, Kathy Ryan; granddaughters, Daniele (Jonathan) Shelton, Michele (Jason) Armstrong, Hallis and Langley; grandsons, Tom and Tim Benson; great-grandson, Ayden; sisters, Doris Pinz and Eva (Bud) Pratt; many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Molly. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lela Baggett; siblings, Newell, Myrtle Klinger, Fulton, Kenneth and Bobby; in-laws, Florence and Bernard Yost; and stepson, Jack Ryan.

Services will be private.

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