Obituaries: 09-02-21

Douglas Sheskey

Douglas Edward Sheskey, age 59, died unexpectedly on Friday, August 20 at Toledo Hospital. He passed peacefully with his family by his side.

Born in Toledo on March 12, 1962 to Eugene and Marjorie Sheskey, he graduated in 1980 from Rogers High School, where he was a standout pitcher on the varsity baseball team. In 1982 and 1983, respectively, Doug and his wife Deborah (Bope) welcomed their two sons, Jason and Aaron.

Douglas worked tirelessly on the assembly line at the Toledo Jeep plant for 31 years, retiring in 2016. He was a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan and baseball was a passion he shared with both of his sons. He loved coaching and teaching his sons about the game. There is no doubt, however, that his biggest passion was music and this was something that truly defined his life. In many ways, the Beatles provided the soundtrack to Doug’s life. He found great comfort and expression through many different genres, but nothing compared to his love for classic rock.   

Doug will be remembered as one of the kindest, gentlest souls to walk this earth. He was a simple man who enjoyed life to its fullest, loved his family with all his heart and will forever be missed. In the words of John Lennon, “It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love, or how you love, it matters only that you love,” and that’s all Doug wanted, for us all to love each other. One thing is certain; everyone loved Doug.

Douglas is survived by his sons, Jason and Aaron (Ashley); grandchildren, Finnegan and Josephine; brothers, Steven, Donald and David (Denise); sister, Judy; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marjorie Sheskey; and father, Eugene Sheskey.

Private family services will be held.

Judith Gottschling

Judith Gottschling, age 78, died in faith at Elizabeth Scott Nursing Home on Saturday, August 28. She was diagnosed in 2009 at Mayo Clinic with a form of Alzheimer’s, and after a long struggle the disease ended her life. 

Born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1943 to Wendell and Marjorie Holt, she grew up in Bexley, Ohio and graduated from Capital University in 1965. In December 1966, she married Ray Gottschling, then a senior at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and they shared 54 years of marriage and had two children, David (Kristen) Huffman-Gottschling, of Chicago, and Beth (George) Huber, of Washington, D.C. After the children were in school full time, Judy went back to college and earned another degree in computer science at Bowling Green State University. She enjoyed a fulfilling and fruitful career working at Toledo Edison, Libby Owens Ford and retired from Sauder Woodworking in 2006. 

The joys of her life were her children and grandchildren, Grace Huffman-Gottschling and Simon Huffman-Gottschling, of Chicago, and Henry Huber, of Washington, D.C. Judy found delight in traveling with Ray all over the country and the world, summer vacations with the whole family at the Outer Banks, yearly trips to Stratford, Ontario and enjoyed good theater, playing Bridge, reading and being part of a book club for more than 25 years. She was a volunteer with Read for Literacy and Hospice of Defiance County.

Ray and Judy were charter members of Community of Christ Lutheran Church in Whitehouse for 25 years, where Ray was the founding pastor. After retirement they joined Zoar Lutheran in Perrysburg. 

Judy was preceded in death by her father, Wendell Holt; step-father, Carl Elving; mother, Marjorie Elving; and brother-in-law, Pat Sadler. She is survived by her husband and children and their families; sister, Cathy Sadler; sister-in-law, Gail (Brock) Morgan; nephews, Andy (Maggie) Sadler, Johnathan (Valerie) Morgan; niece, Kerrie (Matt) McBride; and a number of cousins.

A memorial service took place on September 2 at Zoar Lutheran Church in Perrysburg. The family expresses its gratitude to the staff at Elizabeth Scott and Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their compassionate care. Memorial donations may be given to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service or to Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Condolences may be made to the family online at  

Albert Stanton

Albert F. Stanton, age 93, passed away on Friday, August 27 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. 

Born in Toledo on January 26, 1928 to the late Clinton and Glada (Lindsey) Stanton, Al worked as a plant engineer for Haughton Elevator for 41 years until his retirement and then worked at the Toledo Zoo for five years in facilities management. 

He was a member for many years of Grace Church in Perrysburg, where he was an usher, taught Sunday school and served on the board of trustees. Al was creative and loved to work with his hands. He could fix anything and was affectionately known as “Mr. Wizard.” Always joy-filled and calm, he loved to sing and dance – often whistling a tune while at work or play.

Left to cherish Al’s memory are his loving wife of 70 years, Dorothy (Schudel) Stanton; children, Sally Krist, Lyn (Gene) Buckland and Julie (Ed) Andra; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his children, Michael in 2016 and Gayle Gardner in 2021; and siblings, Robert Stanton and Janet Hahnlen.

Funeral services took place on September 1 at Grace Church, followed by interment in Ft. Meigs Cemetery. Memorials in Al’s memory may be directed to the church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

James Simpson

James T. Simpson, age 90, of Perrysburg and a longtime resident of Waterville, passed away on Wednesday, August 25 at St. Luke’s Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Waterville on January 31, 1931 to Forest and Iva (Dorman) Simpson, he proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps aboard the USS Midway. He worked as an insurance salesman for Blue Cross, loved his job and treasured the many friends he encountered there. An active member of Waterville United Methodist Church, he served on many committees, and was a member of the Waterville American Legion. He was very active in scouting and was the Scoutmaster of Waterville Boy Scout Troop 101 for many years and earned the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. He was named a Waterville Citizen of the Year. He coached Little League baseball in the community as well as playing on the church softball league.

Jim married Marilyn Shepler on July 20, 1952. She survives, along with children, James (Jan) Simpson, Michael Simpson, Sue (Ray) Millenbaugh and Mary (Randy) Breymaier; grandchildren, Ryan (Yusra) Millenbaugh, Lindsey Millenbaugh, Kyle (Kasey) Breymaier, Jenni (Zach) Bollinger, Katherine Simpson and James (Kellie) Simpson; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Don; and sister, Rebecca Yawberg. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at Kingston Residence of Perrysburg, who have become our family, as well as the caring staff at St Luke’s Hospital and his church family.

Funeral services took place on August 28 at Waterville United Methodist Church, followed by interment in Wakeman Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations to Boy Scout Troop 101 or the church. To share an online condolence with the family, please visit

Doris Strayer

Doris M Strayer, age 94, of Delta, passed away on Thursday, August 26 at the Pathways of Browning Masonic Community in Waterville. 

Born in Perrysburg on June 25, 1927 to Joseph and Marguerite (Ducat) Myers, she was a Perrysburg High School graduate in the Class of 1945. On June 14, 1946 she married Marvin Strayer in Perrysburg. Doris was a member of the Eastern Star in Maumee and the American Legion Post 384 Auxiliary. She was a lover of nature, especially deer and the birds who visited her feeders. To Doris, family was everything and she cherished the time spent with them.

She is survived by her children, Karen (Yves) Priolet, of Battle Creek, Mich., Carolyn (Shawn) Myerholtz, of Whitehouse, and John (Colleen) Strayer, of Grand Rapids, Ohio; grandchildren, Adrienne (Ron) Winslow, Morgan (Adrien) Pladys, Jennifer Bell, Shelby Strayer, Remy Strayer, Aurora Priolet, Nathan (Carmen) Myerholtz and Adam (Rachael) Myerholtz; and nine great-grandchildren. Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; parents; children, Linda and Robert Strayer; grandson, Steven Bell; brothers, Robert, Raymond and Eugene Myers; and sister, Shirley Bryant.

Funeral services took place on September 1 at Peinert-Dunn Funeral Home in Whitehouse, followed by burial in Swan Creek Cemetery. To share an online condolence with the family, please visit

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