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SYLVANIA SENIOR SOFTBALL


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

Glenn R. Maxwell
1964 - 2017

[Glenn served as webmaster for the sylvaniaseniorsoftball.com website for four years.]

Glenn Robert Maxwell , 53, of Toledo concluded his battle with pancreatic cancer in the wee hours of November 30-December 1. It is common to use the term "battle" with such diseases, but in Glenn's case, it is wholly accurate. He was pragmatically optimistic and determined from first to very nearly last, and even at that point he remained astonishingly and humblingly positive.

Glenn was born Sept. 20, 1964 in Cleveland, to Kathleen (Anderson) and Robert Maxwell. A lifelong Ohioan, he grew up in Euclid, in Huron, and in Sylvania. After graduating from Sylvania Northview in 1982, he followed his football allegiance and enrolled at The Ohio State University. From OSU he received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and polymer science in 1987, and a master's degree in business administration in 1989. He also gained lasting friendships from his membership in Sigma Pi fraternity and cemented an enduring love of the Buckeyes.

He was hired as an applications engineer by Ransom and Randolph, an investment casting company in Maumee. In 1995, he was appointed as the firm's European business manager, industrial products, and then director, sales and marketing, positions in which he traveled extensively throughout Europe and made fast friends with many clients and colleagues. In 2000, he formed his own web design business, Nexus Enterprises. He was a loyal member of the Madison Avenue chapter of Business Network International.

Glenn was a man of many passionate interests: travel, history, pets, and music. His accomplished piano playing was a source of delight to family and friends, and he never met an instrument at which he did not want to try his hand (including bagpipes).

Glenn's love of family and friends was devoted and complete, and he will be missed with commensurate intensity by his parents; his sisters, Lisbeth Maxwell and Margo Hertzfeld; his brother-in-law, Dale Hertzfeld; his beloved nieces, Claire and Sara Hertzfeld; his longtime companion, Kathy Challender; aunts, Sara Maxwell and Betty Scott; godmother, Dorothy Johnson; several cousins; honorary nieces and nephews; and many friends and business associates throughout the world. His loss will also be felt by his cherished dogs, Mitzi and Georgia, who were with him throughout his hospice care.

The family is deeply grateful to the many dear friends who offered care and support during Glenn's illness and to the staff of Sincera and Hospice of Northwest Ohio, who made it possible for him to be at home in relative comfort in the closing days of his life.

Published in Toledo Blade from Dec. 6 to Dec. 8, 2017

 

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!

Charles L. McMillen

Sunrise: Dec. 26, 1945 - Sunset: Jan. 1, 2018

Charles L. McMillen, 72, of Adrian died Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Morenci.

He was born Dec. 26, 1945, in San Bernardino, Calif., to Soloman Archie and Edith Hazel (Eisele) McMillen. He married Marcia McIntire on Dec. 6, 1969, in Greenville, Mich. She preceded him in death in 1991. He married Jerry Ann Montague on June 23, 2001. She survives.

A 1963 graduate of St Johns High School, Charles worked for 35 years as a technician for Verizon before retiring in 2008. He was a member of the United States Army, serving in Germany during the Vietnam era. Charles was an avid sportsman and enjoyed hunting deer in northern Michigan and elk in Colorado. He was also a member of the Sylvania Senior Softball League at Pacesetter Park in Sylvania.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Jerry, are his children, David McMillen of Adrian, Alicia McMillen of North Carolina, Christina (Rick) McFarland of Texas, Jason (Michelle) Lockwood of Montpelier, Ohio; Jeremy (Lauren) Lockwood of West Unity, Ohio; and Amie Lockwood of Adrian. Also surviving are his brother, Larry McMillen of Alabama; 10 grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, Marcia, Charles was preceded in death by two stepbrothers, Dennis Hudson and Doyle Hudson.

A funeral service for Charles will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette, Ohio, with the Rev. Samuel Wickard officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in honor of Charles may be designated to the American Diabetes Association. Friends can share memories and words of comfort with the family online at www.eaglefuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Daily Telegram from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2018

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.