Dennis “Denny” Hamernik, age 71, passed away peacefully at home on March 27.
Born in Toledo to the late Richard and Irene (Zolciak) Hamernik on April 22, 1948, he attended St. Joseph School in Maumee and Maumee High School, graduating in 1966, and then attended classes at Owens Community College. He was known as “Crazy Legs Hamernik” through high school, where he excelled in football, basketball and track. He received many accolades and set several school records with his athletic accomplishments. He was on the 1965 basketball team that won a district championship in the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament. For many years, he coached youth football and baseball through the CYO program.
Mr. Hamernik was a loyal and dedicated Kroger employee for more than 40 years, until his retirement in 2010. He also owned and operated Hamernik’s Inc. Snow Plowing & Salting, along with his wife, for 43 years and ran it with his heart and soul. His first year in the snow business was the Blizzard of 1978 and over the years his hard work paid off and the company grew substantially. His motto was “always give great service” and he certainly did. Denny was a mentor to many with his natural talents and charisma.
Extremely generous with his time and finances, his friends knew they could call on him 24/7 and he would show up to help with his usual humor and tools. He sponsored many youth sport teams, dance teams, medical missions, his community, our military troops, church groups and blood drives. His friends and family always knew that he would drop everything if they needed a helping hand.
Denny loved spending time at his shop working on plow trucks and fixing up cars with his buddies. He enjoyed his yearly vacations to Florida and camping trips to Traverse City, Mich. Every July 3, he would invite everyone to his shop for food, children’s entertainment and socializing while watching the fireworks. He was always a big supporter of his grandchildren, attending nearly every dance recital and sporting event with nothing but positive praise.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his wife of 53 years, Linda (Williams); his loving children, Brian (Terri) Hamernik and Lisa (Brian) Lewis; and grandchildren, Michael Hamernik, Emily Lewis, Taylor Lewis and Natalie Lewis; as well as extended family and friends. Denny’s greatest joy in life was his family and he couldn’t have been prouder of his children and grandchildren.
The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude to those who made this transition less painful. The Maumee Police Division and Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home have both been remarkable.
A private service was conducted on April 1. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of life, which will take place from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19 at Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Sharing of memories will be at 7:00 p.m. The family strongly requests that masks be worn and social distancing observed. In lieu of flowers, they request memorial donations to the Panther Pride Foundation-Kazmaier Stadium Renewal Fund, Maumee High School, 1147 Saco St., Maumee, OH 43537.
Richard Cronan “RC” Johnston III, age 42, of Maumee, passed away on Wednesday, June 24.
Born in Sylvania on August 10, 1977 to Richard Cronan, Jr. and Judith Ann (Martel) Elton, he graduated from Maumee High School, where he was an honor student. He played sports, with baseball as his passion – he was a proud Maumee Panther. Rich attended Bowling Green State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. Recently, he was a member of the Maumee Eagles. An avid fan of the Los Angeles Rams and Boston Red Sox, he attended many of their games. A very good golfer, he loved to play the game, and also enjoyed a good cigar while listening to jazz music. Most importantly, Rich was an amazing husband, father, son and brother. He was happiest around his family, and his twin son and daughter were the lights of his life.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kim; son, Macallan; daughter, Ashlyn; mother, Judith (Thomas) Elton; father, Richard (Sharon “Tia”) Johnston; father-in-law, Alan (Patricia) Lynch; mother-in-law, Sharon (Jack) Lund; brothers, Joshua (Katie) and Nathan (Rebecca) Johnston; grandfather, Richard Johnston; grandmother- in-law, Ruth Lynch; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Rich was preceded in death by his grandparents, Richard and Elizabeth Martel and Patricia Johnston; cousin, Conner Ganues; and uncles, Michael and Robert Martel.
A gathering for family and friends will take place from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Social distancing and face masks are recommended. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are being accepted for a scholarship fund for his children, Macallan and Ashlyn, and may be made through any KeyBank location, attention Kimberly Johnston. A trust fund will be established.