Obituaries: 04-28-22

Douglas William LaRue

Douglas William LaRue, 61, of Waterville, passed away on Friday, April 8, at Otterbein Perrysburg.

Born in Toledo, on December 4, 1960 to William and Ava Jean (Haberman) LaRue, he graduated from Anthony Wayne High School in 1979, attending the Penta County Vocational Electronics Program.

He attained sophomore status at The University of Toledo.   Doug worked locally for Torrence Sound Equipment Co., Spartan Chemical Co., and spent some time in the radio industry as a DJ.  He moved to Wayland, Mich., where he worked for Thrift Products Co., Frito Lay Inc., and Steelcase Inc. However, most of his career was spent as a CDL truck driver for various firms in Ohio and Michigan, as well as six years as a civilian contractor in Iraq. Doug then returned to the U.S. and worked for Eastex Crude in Cotulla, Texas for 10 years.

Doug proudly served 10 years in the Ohio Air National Guard from 1985 to 1995.

Doug played both basketball and football in high school, and was active in the theater productions, where he was recognized as Thespian of the Year during his senior year.  He was a strong baritone and loved to sing. He also performed several times with the Waterville Playshop, LaRoe’s Dinner Theater in Grand Rapids, and Friar Tuck’s in Maumee.

Doug loved horses, family vacations at Black Lake, Mich., and R & R trips to Thailand while he was in Iraq. He was a member of Waterville United Methodist Church.   

Doug was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his sisters, Karen (Tom) Wiggins and Robin (Frank) Lipinski, both of Waterville; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be a service to celebrate Doug’s life on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Waterville United Methodist Church, 7115 Waterville-Monclova Rd., Waterville. Visitation will take place from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  Memorials may be given to the church. 

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Frank Allen Armstrong Jr.

Frank Allen Armstrong Jr., age 82, was reunited with Mary, his beloved wife of 63 years, on April 9, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.  

Born on September 19, 1939 in Monmouth, Ill., to Frank Allen and Mary Eola (Pedigo) Armstrong, he was a 1957 graduate of Monmouth High School. 

Frank then went on to a successful career, working first for Meade Paper Corporation and then Westvaco Corporation.

Frank was a force in life. He was nicknamed “Punky” by his sisters, and it wouldn’t take many minutes in his company to understand why. Frank had many hobbies – golfing, jogging, biking, fishing and scuba diving to name a few. He was a talented artist and woodworker, and loved to dance, winning many dance contests with Mary in his arms. His margaritas were legendary; there was always a pitcher of frozen margs in the freezer when guests and friends stopped by.   

Frank blazed through life, loved beyond measure, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynne (Adams) Armstrong, son Robert John Armstrong, parents, and siblings Betty Bogner, Ellen House, Helen Johnson, John Armstrong and Jodi Simpson.  

He is survived by his son, Mark Armstrong, and daughter Sarah Armstrong; grandchildren Jaimi Cabrera and Jessica (Brian) Niksa; and great-grandchildren Evelyn Cabrera, Olivia Cabrera, Mila Niksa and Frankie Niksa.

Family and friends may visit on Friday, May 6 from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, 501 Conant St., Maumee. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home with private interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.  

Please join us at Loma Linda’s after the service and raise a margarita in Frank’s honor.  

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Frank’s name to the charity of your choosing.

John Kleparek Jr.

John Kleparek Jr., age 95, of Maumee, passed away on April 19. 

Born in Toledo on August 3, 1926, to John and Frances (Nowak) Kleparek Sr., he graduated from Woodward High School in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy immediately upon graduation, serving as a Seabee in WWII in the Pacific theater until 1946. 

He played the violin and music was always an important part of his life. Upon his return from the Navy, he worked in a variety of sales positions, including piano sales at Grinnell Bros. and Bleckner Music, before co-owning and operating Kay-Howard Pianos & Organs. He also worked at Tiedtke’s Dept. Store selling major appliances and sold furniture at J.L. Hudson’s and The Lion Store before his retirement in 1988.

He married Mary Eileen Kleparek on June 25, 1949. She passed away on October 16, 1992, after 43 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Helen Taber; and daughter-in-law, Robin Kleparek.  

He is survived by his children and their spouses, John Michael (Patricia) Kleparek of Woodstock, Ga.; Susanne (Gary) Kelley of Temperance, Mich.; Mark (Monica) Kleparek of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and Kevin Kleparek of Maumee; sister Dorothy Kujawa; 10 grandchildren, Candace (Brad) Montgomery, Natalie (Dave) Clark, Mary (Brian) Yoder, Ann (Eric) Simon, Sarah (Rob) Folger, Dan (Liz) Kelley, Bradley (Kara) Kleparek, Alaina (Spencer) Montgomery, Justin Kleparek and Nathin Kleparek; and 21 greatgrandchildren: Rhys, Michelle, Kate, John, Nora, Mark, Lindsay, Ryleigh, Sami, Ben, Frankie, Meredith, Eve, Marie, Celeste, Mia, Layla, Maren, Flynn, Henry and Lillian.

Friends were received at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee on Monday, April 25 and funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 26 followed by entombment at Resurrection Cemetery.  

The family would like to acknowledge and thank the staff of ProMedica Hospice for their care, especially RNs Patti, Lisa S., Lisa B., CNP Molly, aides Drucilla and Kalisha, social worker Ashley, and chaplain Dale Katcher.

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