The only son of Alfons and Susanna Frenier, immigrants from Roeselare, Belgium, Julius Alphonse “Doc” Frenier died peacefully in his log home in Anchorage, Alaska, on October 18.
Born in Maumee on December 11, 1927, he loved the outdoors, Alaska, his family and his country. He was educated at St. Joseph School and Maumee High School (Hall of Fame, 2003) and earned a football scholarship to Miami (Ohio) University. He graduated in 1950 and began teaching at McKinley Occupational School in Dayton. Soon after school began, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1950. He was later selected for Officer Candidate School (OCS) and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. His military career spanned 30 years, during which he served in combat in both the Korean War and Vietnam conflict, as well as at duty posts in Okinawa, Japan and the U.S. He attended many military schools, including the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Mr. Frenier’s tour in Alaska began in Fairbanks (Fort Wainwright), where he was the deputy commander of the 171st Infantry Brigade and then commander of the Sixth Battalion, Ninth Infantry. He attended the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., and then returned to Alaska, where he was assigned at ALCOM on Elmendorf Air Force Base until his retirement. Doc earned numerous military awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star, both with oak leaf clusters. He was the Honor Graduate of his Ranger School class and also earned the coveted Combat Infantry Badge. He earned his Master Parachute Badge and proudly wore his gold wings, having made 123 parachute jumps. His military duties led him to locations throughout the world, from South America to the Arctic ice cap. Often he was in harm’s way and later he said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to have served my country and glad that I made it all the way through in one piece.”
After college, he married Helen Shirley Long, of Carrollton, Ohio. They were a family with four young children when Shirley died suddenly in 1965. Doc continued with his military duties as he maintained a home for the children. Before long, he met and married an Army widow, Hannah Widder, who had two children of her own. Together they created a happy home and added another child to the family. Now there were seven wonderful children who grew into seven wonderful men and women. After retirement from the U.S. Army, Doc returned to the classroom, where he enjoyed a second career teaching and influencing young people. A technology teacher at Robert Service High School in Anchorage for 10 years, he was head of the vocational department there and also a drafting instructor at the University of Alaska. He was the technology curriculum consultant for the Anchorage School District until 1997.
All the children graduated from Anchorage high schools and Doc was proud of each of them and gladly bragged about their college degrees and meaningful professions. He had been raised with strong values and he passed those on to his children. He said he was grateful for all he had — “provided by the Grace of God.” Doc was an avid fisherman and waterfowl hunter and spent many opening days of duck season at the Duck Shack on Susitna Flats. He traveled to Canada, Washington state, North Dakota, Texas and Louisiana, following the migration of ducks and geese, to hunt with his Labrador retrievers and his sons and grandsons. Back home, he enjoyed working in his shop and teaching his children and grandchildren life lessons as well as fine craftsmanship.
Mr. Frenier is survived by his widow, Hannah Frenier; their seven children, Lt. Col. (Ret.) David (Sandra) Frenier, of Anchorage, Douglas (Deborah Jean) Frenier, of Norfolk, Va., Dr. Susan Frenier (Garry) O’Neal, of Argyle, Texas, John (Julie) Widder, of Singapore, Mary Widder (“Mike”) Symonds, of Malaga, Wash., Sharon Frenier (Bryan) Everson, of Lubbock, Texas, and Suzzanna Frenier (John) Nofsinger, of Anchorage; 21 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Marie Beck and Flavia Grove; first wife, Shirley Frenier; and grandson, Daniel Frenier.
A Mass of Christian burial at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Roman Catholic Church and burial in Fort Richardson National Cemetery will take place in summer 2018, when his family and friends can return to Alaska. The family suggests memorial gifts to The Last Frontier Honor Flight, P.O. Box 530095, Big Lake, AK 99652; Providence Hospice, 4001 Dale St., Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99508; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
“No man has ever had a greater life than I have had — two great wives, seven wonderful children and a long life to have enjoyed them.” – J. A. Frenier.
Betty Bee McSurley, age 88, of Whitehouse, passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth Scott Community on Monday, October 30. Affectionately known as “Nin,” she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. A friend to everyone, her warm personality and gracious heart will be missed dearly.
Born in Elkhorn City, Ky., to Butler and Daisy Potter on December 19, 1928, the seventh of 10 children, she married Johnie McSurley on November 17, 1945 in Pikeville, Ky., and graduated from Elkhorn City High School in 1947. In 1952, Betty and Johnie moved to Ohio, first to the town of Haskins, then Waterville and ultimately settled in Whitehouse, where they raised their family. Mrs. McSurley worked for Glass Fibers (Johns Manville) for some time prior to working in the family business, McSurley TV & Appliance in Waterville, founded in 1953.
She was known for her unshakeable faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her devotion to family and her willingness to help others. Her outgoing personality, thorough knowledge of the Bible and storytelling ability allowed her to positively influence people of all ages. During the 1960s, she was an active member of Waterville Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school and Bible school to children and adults. Mrs. McSurley served as president of the Good News Club, often hosting groups of as many as 50 people in her home, as well as in local churches of different denominations. She also volunteered to work with juvenile offenders, Sunshine Boys from the Boys Detention Center near Grand Rapids Ohio.
Mrs. McSurley and her husband were founding members of Providence Fellowship Church in Grand Rapids. She served as president of the Women’s AGLOW fellowship of Toledo and for many years produced and hosted the radio program “AGLOW With The Spirit” on WJYM weekly. She was leader of the 4-H Club (The Stylesetters), an Anthony Wayne Band Booster and served as president of the Anthony Wayne PTA. She loved to crochet and created numerous quilts and blankets as gifts for her family and friends. She enjoyed puzzles, especially crosswords, and was skilled at the game of Scrabble. In the garden, White Half-Runner green beans were her perennial favorite, and in the kitchen her specialties were chicken and dumplings and soup beans and cornbread.
The McSurleys gained some local notoriety in the early ’60s when they were passengers on the first international flight out of Toledo on a British Overseas Airway Carrier (BOAC) jumbo jet, an account of which appeared in an edition of The Toledo Blade newspaper. Betty is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Richard Potter, one of the first pioneers to settle in The Breaks Canyon area. He owned all the lands that are currently in the Breaks Interstate Park at the border of Kentucky and Virginia. This breathtakingly beautiful interstate park, a 5-mile gorge plunging to 1,650 feet, is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the South.” The area was a gift from Potter to the American people and is managed by the Park Services of Kentucky and Virginia. As a direct descendent of Richard Potter, Mrs. McSurley has a memorial bench at the park in her name.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Butler and Daisy; all of her nine siblings, Elmer, Delbert, Bart, Ruby, Hazel, Vernice, Earl Walter, Reva Jeanette and Bobby Ray; as well as her baby daughter, Sandra Faye. Mrs. McSurley is survived by her husband of 73 years, John; their five children, John (Betty Lou), Debbie (Neil), Robin (Beth), Rachel and Patrick; grandchildren, Fred, Stephanie, Jacob, Ryan, Oliver, Aaron, Joshua, Jana, Melissa, Terry, Scott and Amy; and great-grandchildren, Lilli, Nova, Coen, Finleigh, Blythe, Alexis, Avery, Jackson, Blake, Hope, Nicholas, Mackenzie and Ty.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the fine caring staff at the Elizabeth Scott Community and to Pastor Matt and the volunteers of Community of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitehouse. Visitation and services took place on November 2 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse. Burial was in New Belleville Ridge Cemetery near Perrysburg. Memorial contributions are encouraged to Cleveland Clinic Heart & Vascular Institute. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Raymond “Doug” Everhart
Raymond D. “Doug” Everhart, age 52, of Maumee, died unexpectedly in his home on Wednesday, October 31.
Born in Springfield on April 27, 1965, to Raymond and Betty (Cultice) Everhart, he was a 1983 graduate of Shawnee High School, where he was fondly known as “Huey.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in business with a focus in accounting from Adrian College in Michigan. With a lifelong love for the game of soccer, Coach Doug began coaching youth soccer in 1991 and coached more than 100 teams, reaching over 1,500 wins as a club level coach. He also coached with both boys and girls teams at Maumee High School for 19 years, accumulating more than 200 wins. He was president of the Maumee Express Soccer Club and a past board member of the Northwest Ohio Youth Soccer League and Ohio North. In 2006, he was inducted into the Ohio North Soccer Hall of Fame and the National Youth Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008. Doug has had several players move on to play professional level soccer in MLS and the English Premier League. He has coached thousands of players throughout his career and always instilled the “Never Give Up” attitude in his players.
Surviving are his parents; sister, Belinda (Steve) Whitaker; nephews, Garth and Bryce Whitaker; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clyde and Lena (Strader) Everhart and J. Russell and Eleanor (Hague) Cultice.
The funeral service took place on November 8 in the Littleton & Rue Funeral Home in Springfield, followed by burial in Rose Hill Burial Park. An additional memorial service will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2 at the NWOYSL Soccer Center, 1620 Market Place Dr., Suite C in Maumee. The family suggests memorial contributions to the NWOYSL (nwoysl.org).
John W. Schultz, age 71, of Springfield Township, passed away on Thursday, November 2
Born in Toledo on December 12, 1945 to Edward and Helen Schultz, he attended St. Charles Grade School and Libbey High School and graduated from Bowsher High School in 1965. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1967 and worked at Schemenauer Manufacturing until 1972. He then worked at Genteck Toledo Technologies, retiring in 2007 as an electrician. Mr. Schultz joined the Springfield Township Volunteer Fire Department in September 1973 and retired from there as district fire chief of Springfield Township No. 1 in December 2012. He played softball in the fire department league until his early 50s, bowled in a men’s league and during golf season, golfed one to three times a week. He enjoyed camping at Shady Shores Campground at Nettle Lake, making many friends, along with his special furry kids, Toby and Teddie. He also was a member of Adams Township American Legion Post 553.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Christine; sons, William (Jana) and Christopher Schultz; grandchildren, Dana, Aidan and Anna Schultz; siblings, Edward (Margie) Schultz, Jr., Larry Schultz and Sharon (Cass) Bader; one aunt; and a number of cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and both sets of grandparents.
Family and friends were received and a firefighters service took place on November 5 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where funeral services were conducted on November 6, followed by interment in Springfield Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio Living Home and Health Hospice of Greater Toledo, 1730 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo, OH 43614; or the Springfield Township Local 3544 Harry E. Patton Scholarship Fund.
Dorothy G. “Pat” Evans, age 94, of Perrysburg, passed away on Monday, November 6.
Born on September 24, 1923 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk County, England to Thomas and Gladys (Roberts) Kirkham, she was a member of the Royal Air Force. She worked at Whirlpool and later became a homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed knitting, reading and cooking and was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan, but most of all, her greatest joy in life was her family.
Mrs. Evans is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Larry) Steyer-Roth; grandchildren, Jennifer (Brad) Ingram and Pamela (Mike) Burcewicz; great-grandchildren, Emma, Gabrielle and Donovan; and cat, Maggie. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Don; parents; and siblings, Stanley, Thomas and Doris.
Family and friends will be received from noon until the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 9 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wood County Humane Society, 801 Van Camp Rd., Bowling Green, OH 43402.