Cleon O. Reckley, age 83, of Maumee, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 4, with his loving family by his side.
Born in Toledo on May 6, 1931, to Delbert and Gladys Reckley, he graduated from Woodward High School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service during the Korean War. He was stationed in Key West, Fla., serving as a 2nd class I.C. and earning the distinguished dolphin pin. Mr. Reckley was employed with IBM as a customer service engineer for 30 years, retiring in 1987. On August 9, 1952, he married his “earthly angel,” Lois Hill, and together they shared 62 wonderful years.
Mr. Reckley was a loving and devoted husband, dad and grandpa and spending time with his family was always his first priority, including weekend camping trips, summers in Key West and later, many family-filled weekends at their “cottage on the river.” For the past 35 years, he and his wife spent their winters in Ft. Pierce, Fla., where they were recognized as “Hospitality Couple” for 13 years for heading up the welcoming committee in their park. Mr. Reckley loved helping people and was always busy fixing something for someone or creating things to make life’s tasks simpler.
He is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Timothy (Diane) Reckley and Jennifer (Thomas) Stough; granddaughters, Amanda (Scott) Whitaker, Alyssa (John) Monnette and Caitlyn and Abby Stough; and great-grandchildren, Caleb and Eliza Whitaker.
Friends were received for a service on October 11 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Northwest Ohio or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Clarence J. (“CJ” or “Sonny”) Miller, age 86, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday, October 8.
Born in Bellevue, Ohio, to Clarence and Coletta Miller on December 12, 1927, he attended Lake High School and furthered his education in the U.S. Army. He was a private in the 463rd AARBU at Geiger Field and worked as a mechanic. Mr. Miller was an automated systems sales engineer for Abbey Etna Machine Company and continued as a renowned consultant for the rotary swaging industry. He continued to consult for companies around the world well into his 70s. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed golfing, traveling, the arts and film and was an active member of Westchester and Lamplighter Dance Clubs. He was a loving father to 14 children, 21 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and the loving partner of Lois Bender for 30 joyous years.
Mr. Miller is survived by his children, Sally (Phil) Purcell, Kenneth (Cheryl) Miller, Karen (Fred) Zarecki, Sharon Keller, John Miller, Thomas Miller, Mary Pat Leahy, Michael Miller, Kevin Miller, Sue (Jerry) Bascuk, Linda (Dave) Esker, Robert Miller, Theresa Miller and Colleen (Ray) Cramer; grandchildren, Philip, Gregory, Lucas, Stephen, Ryan, Katrina, Timothy, Kenneth, Michael, Thomas (TJ), Sean, Aaron, Kyle, Amanda, Amber, Chris, Ben, Francis, Sky, Sahara and Gabriel; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Irish); parents; and siblings, John Miller, James Miller and Patricia Case.
A memorial Mass was celebrated on October 10 at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. Friends and family were received later that day at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of his beloved daughter, Theresa, to the Lucas County Special Olympics, 1155 Lark Lane, Toledo, OH 43614.
Melvin E. Matthews, age 93, of Holland, died on Sunday, October 12.
Born on April 1, 1921, to Archie and Erma (Lowell) Matthews in Platner, Colo., he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a technical sergeant in the infantry for more than six years, including one year in British and Dutch New Guinea and one year in Luzon, Philippine Islands, from Invasion Day until the war in the Pacific ended. Mr. Matthews worked for five years for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. in Maumee, where he met his wife, Barbara. They were married on August 14, 1951.
The former owner and operator of Simmons Nursery and Landscape, Inc., in Toledo, he continued working for his son in the business he loved for many years following his formal retirement. Stopping work was never his goal. Mr. Matthews was patriotic and loved his association with American Legion Post 335 in Maumee, where he served for 10 years as chaplain. He was also a lifetime member of VFW Post 11115 in Maumee and a member of the Lucas County Veterans Burial Corps. He kept his American flag flying daily.
Mr. Matthews is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Deborah, David (Denise) and Jeffery (Susie); grandchildren, Nathan (Holly), Sara (Joseph), Zoe and Hal; great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jillian; and sister, Dorothy Bateman. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Andrea Leigh, and seven siblings.
Friends were received on October 15 at Mason-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee, where a Maumee American Legion memorial service took place that evening. The funeral service will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 16 at Providence Lutheran Church, with additional visitation for one hour prior to the service. Internment in Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Lutheran Church, 8131 Airport Highway, Holland, OH 43528.
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