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SYLVANIA SENIOR SOFTBALL


A mens' league established January 2008.
Pacesetter Park, Sylvania,Ohio

Kenneth Kreuz
1937 - 2016

Kenneth “Ken” Kreuz was born July 10, 1937 in Swanton, Ohio to Wendel and Virginia (Langenderfer) Kreuz. After graduating from Swanton High School, Ken enlisted in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1958. After his return, he worked a number of years for the Delcraft Company in Wisconsin and that is where he met his first wife, Sandra O'Dell. Later he started his own company distributing West Bend and Regal cookware along with various kitchen products. He worked up until he had a stroke 4 1/2 years ago at which time his son, Scott took over the business. Ken loved working with the Amish because they love Jesus.

While in Wisconsin he played semi pro baseball. In his later years he played senior softball in East Toledo and Sylvania and went on to play in the senior Olympics and won the national senior championship for 65 and older in Saint George, Utah. He loved all sports and excelled in all he participated in. He also loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

Ken had great love for his God and his church and that is where he met his second wife, Sue Roberts. They enjoyed many years together.  Ken was a longtime member of Highland Meadows and made many friends and had wonderful memories on the links. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and first wife, Sandra O'Dell Kreuz; brother, Leonard (Butch) Kreuz and sister, Suzanne Schauerte.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Kreuz; children, Scott (Natalia) Kreuz and Jennifer (Murray) Sales; brothers, James (Jacquie) Kreuz, Harold (Kathy) Kreuz; sisters, Eileen O'Boyle and Barbara (Mack)Smith; stepson, Kevin (Joanna) Hunter; stepdaughter, Kelli (Jeff) Bailey; grandchildren,  Murray, Dawson and Carter Sales,  Kenneth Nicholas Kreuz and step-grandchildren, Kory and Dylan Hunter and Lainey and Hunter Bailey.

Published in Toledo Blade on June 15, 2016

 

Daniel K Rodgers
1929 - 2014

Daniel K. Rodgers, a longtime sporting goods merchandiser whose eponymous West Toledo store focused on custom uniforms and the needs of school teams, died Friday in Kingston Rehabilitation of Perrysburg. He was 84.

He had developed complications after a recent medical procedure, his daughter Joanie said.

Mr. Rodgers was a sales veteran at Athletic Supply Co., a downtown store, when in November, 1970, he opened Dan Rodgers Sporting Goods on Reynolds Road near West Bancroft Street. The store came to specialize in supplying jackets, uniforms, equipment, and trophies for team sports and later moved to Monroe Street.

“You’ve got to know where your niche is,” Mr. Rodgers told The Blade in 2006. “Mine has always been in team business and custom uniforms.”
Mr. Rodgers was a 1995 inductee in the City Athletic League Hall of Fame.
“The secret to his success was really giving everybody a great deal and being an advocate for the schools,” his daughter said. “He dealt with people in the right way. People kept coming back because they liked him.”
His daughter Cate Kaczala has been running the store.
He was born March 24, 1929, to Catherine and James Rodgers. He attended Central Catholic High School and was a graduate of Libbey High School. He attended the University of Toledo and served two years in the Army and was stationed in Japan.

 

Wayne A. Rode
1943 - 2011

Wayne A. Rode, age 68, of Walbridge, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 25, 1943, in Toledo to Arnold and Victoria (Dobes) Rode. Wayne graduated from Waite High School and was a proud East Sider. He retired from CSX Transportation in 2003 after 40 years of service. Wayne made many lifelong friends throughout the years within the railroad family. He enjoyed many adventures with his fellow railroaders and was always eager to tell a story. Wayne was an avid fan of the Bowling Green Falcons and supporter of all East Toledo Sports teams. He played softball throughout the years in many different leagues, most recently for the East Toledo Family Center and Cape Coral, FL, league. He will be remembered as one of the best shortstops in all of the leagues. He was a member of the VFW, Moose, Eagles and American Legion clubs. He spent many winters in Pine Island, FL where he made numerous lifelong friends. One of his greatest joys in life was watching his grandchildren's sporting events and he took great pride in all of their many accomplishments. These are memories that will be treasured forever by his grandchildren. Wayne always had a smile and a story to share with those who knew and loved him. He will be remembered as a loyal friend and deeply committed to his family. He will bemissed by all. Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Jacqueline, children; Scott (Mary Lou) Rode, Julia (Tony) Gallaher, Jackie (Bruce) Fox, James (Clemencia) Fox, Jodi (Thomas) Muratori and Jennifer Smith, grand children; Scott, Sarah, Jordan, Joshua, and Jeremy Rode, Brooke, Tori, and Vinny Gallaher, Nicholas Foxand James and Joshua Smith, mother-in-law; Viola Barrett, and brother-in-law; Paul (Barbara) Youngblood.He was preceded in death by his parents, and father-in-law; Frank Youngblood.

 

 


Teammates Forever

This page is dedicated to the memory of our friends, loved ones and team mates who played softball ... a game they loved. The Sylvania Senior Softball League will forever remember our friends for their generosity, sportsmanship and contributions. May they live forever in our hearts!

Douglas L. Johnson

Sunrise: Sept. 19, 1958 - Sunset: March 9, 2017

Douglas L. Johnson, 58, passed away Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Addison Heights, Nursing Home, Maumee, Ohio. He was born on September, 19, 1958, in Helena, Arkansas to William Johnson and Willia Mae Thomas. He graduated from Scott School High in 1976. Doug served his country in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged. He was employed by Barrows Jewelry Store for many years in the Sales department. Surviving his memory, his only daughter, Tameka M. Johnson; his only grandson, Julian Huddleston Jr.; his brothers and sisters. Visitation Monday, March 13, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Family hour Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., followed by Funeral at 11:00 a.m. all services at The House Of Day Funeral Chapel. Pastor Anthony Morris, Officiating. www.houseofday.com

As published in The Blade

Robert Lester Collins, Jr.

Sunrise: July 10, 1944 - Sunset: February 3, 2013

Bobby's passion was his wife, Carmen, his family and friends...and softball. He started at the age of 6 and in 2012 he played 147 games with great success. Bobby was a member of the Sylvania Senior Softball Association. In 2012, he played with Wheelock Pharmacy on Tuesdays, at Pacesetter, winning the Master's League. He was also a member of the Sylvania 65's traveling team. In September 2012 Bobby traveled to St. George, Utah, playing with his good friends, the Detroit Masters Senior ballclub in the World Huntsmen Senior Softball Tournament. The squad won a gold medal in the 65 "C" Division. A graduate of Libbey High School, Bobby played various sports, but he favored baseball and basketball. Bobby fought in Vietnam in 1966 and brought home the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was cherished by his loving and devoted wife, Carmen Collins; daughters Shelly (Dennis) Boyd, Rhonda McFadden, Robyn Harrison and Jamie (Pete) Lloyd; sister, Angela (Noah) Britt; mother-in-law, Lillian Kyser; grandchildren, Leah, Evan, Javon, Chester III, Tai, Kayla and Orlando R., and a host of nieces, nephews, the entire Kyser family and great friends. Bobby was a warrior, unique in his scope and manner of service. He served his Community quietly, with his support of people in numerous ways. His enduring smile and permeating spirit shouted out - "kindness, generosity and caring.'' Bobby's goodness, was his legacy to his family, friends and the community.

 

Dennis M. Roeske
1945 - 2009

Dennis M. Roeske, age 63, of Toledo passed away Monday, February 16, 2009, at Toledo Hospital. He was born on July 7, 1945, in Toledo, Ohio to Raymond and Dorothy (Benarth)Roeske. Dennis served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a driver for Tarta for over 27 years before retiring. After retirement he worked for the Seagate Convention Center.Dennis was a former State Highway Patrol and Northwood Police Officer. On May 4, 1990, he married Patricia Cipriani. He was a member of the American Legion Adams Township Post #553 and a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. He leaves to cherish his memory; his loving wife, Patricia; sons, Troy (Dawn) Roeskeof Maumee and Bradley (Jessica) Roeske of Cincinnati; grandchildren, Kayla, Mya and McKenna Roeske and Drake Wroblewski and sister, Janice Reining of Walbridge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy and brother-in-law, Fred Reining Friends will be received on Friday, February 20, 2009, from 2-9 p.m. in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 701 N. Main St. Walbridge (419-666-3121) where an American Legion service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. in Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park. The family would like to offer a special thanks to the Toledo Hospital ER, the ICU staff and Dr. Donald Vogel for all their care and compassion shown to Dennis and to the family.