Lawrence David Johnson, age 81, of Maumee, passed away on Sunday, July 17.
Born on July 19, 1934 in Elkins, W.Va., to Bernard and Pansy (Harris) Johnson, he was employed with General Electric as a furnace operator for many years. He loved all his family, but most importantly, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife of 61 years, Margaret Johnson; daughter, Mary (Raymond) Harmacinski; granddaughter, Heather (Matthew Rachow) Draime; granddaughter-in-law, Sara Philips; step-grandson, Anton Harmacinski; great-grandchildren, Selena Harrison, Kaylee Burghardt, Lauren Burghardt, Devin Burghardt and Trinity Draime; step-great-grandchildren, Luther, Michela, Damien James, Amanda, David James, Madison, Xavier, Olivia and Riley; step-great-great-granddaughters, Aleah and Allison; and sister-in-law, Pauline Johnson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John Johnson; grandson, John Philips, Jr.; brother, John Johnson; infant sister; and step-granddaughter, Holly Zimmer.
Funeral services took place on July 25 at Newcomer Funeral Home, followed by interment in Riverside Cemetery in Maumee.
Stuart J. “Kip” Kaplan, age 72, of Toledo, died on Sunday, July 17, in his home.
He was born in Rochester, N.Y., to Abe and Lois (Beckler) Kaplan. Locating to Toledo in 1960, he graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1961, enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended officer candidate school, achieving a rank of 1st Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and had a career in sales that spanned 40 years. His memberships included the Temple Congregation Shomer Emunim and American Legion State of Ohio Post 888, with his leisure time spent playing golf.
Preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Kaplan is survived by his brother, Edward (Susan) Kaplan; daughters, Kimberly Kaplan and Abbey Greene; and grandchildren, Emma, Jack, Ava and Aiden.
Services and interment took place on July 20 in Historic Woodlawn Cemetery, followed by a reception at the temple. The family suggests memorial tributes to Jewish Family Services.
Cordon C. “Corky” Daye, age 80, of Holland, passed away on Wednesday, July 20.
Born in Adrian, Mich., on October 30, 1935 to Sidney and Ina (Dunsmore) Daye, he earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Bowling Green State University and then obtained a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and attended classes toward his Ed.D. Mr. Daye taught industrial arts at Washington Local Schools, Jefferson Junior High, Whitmer High School and Washington Junior High. A life member of the NRA, a member of the Adam Conservation Club since 1973 and named Mr. Toledo in body building in the 1960s, Mr. Daye was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with family and friends. He shared his passion for living with all those around him.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie Black, of Bowling Green; and grandchildren, Rhys and Kieryn Black. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Anna (Martin); granddaughter, Symonne Daye Black; and brother, Douglas
Visitation, a Masonic service and a memorial service took place on July 27 at the Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home in Maumee. Memorial contributions may be made to the Adams Conservation Club Junior Program or to the family for his grandchildren’s education expenses.
Richard Ralph Taylor, age 89, died on Monday, July 18, after a gallant effort to recover from illness.
Born in Toledo to Ralph Taylor and Mary McCauley on March 15, 1927, he was raised in Maumee and was proud to serve his beloved community. As an active Boy Scout member and leader, he enjoyed time spent at Camp Miakonda. As a student and graduate of Maumee City Schools, he was on the basketball and baseball teams. Mr. Taylor served as a U.S. Army Corporal and Squad Leader in the Battery B, 571st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, Automatic Weapons, in Germany during World War II. Later, he served on the Maumee Police Division for 32 years, attaining the rank of sergeant and the nickname “Barney.” He was one of the first officers when Maumee became a city. In 1950, his act of saving a drowning girl in icy Swan Creek in the winter, even though he could not swim, was featured in New Heroic Comics, a comic book featuring various heroes.
After retiring from the police division, he worked as an EMT and security officer at The Toledo Hospital, where he also played on the hospital basketball team until age 70, acquiring the nickname “Pickles.” Throughout the years, Mr. Taylor earned military and sharpshooter awards and completed numerous trainings. He was a member of FOP Maumee Valley Lodge 118, Toledo Retired Police Officers Association, American Legion Post 320, Veterans of Foreign Wars Perrysburg Post 6170, the Eagles and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee. As a result of his service through the years, he was honored by the city of Maumee when the mayor proclaimed “Richard Taylor Day” on May 16, 2015.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Mary Ann (Brian) Mette, Barbara (Gary) Beverly and Carol (Mark) Tanner; brother, William (Mary) Taylor: grandchildren, Sean, Peter (Mary), Amanda, Ashley, Heather (Michael), Nathan (McKenna), Rebecca (Cam), Katie (Jackson), Anna, and Johnathan; great-grandchildren, Alijah, Sophia, William, Alivia, Abigail, Katelyn, Kamryn, and Izzy; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maria (Kramp) Taylor; daughter, Sharon Taylor, who died of ALS; sister, Phyllis Newman; and recently, his precious companion/dog, Cider.
Funeral services took place on July 23 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Maumee, followed by interment in Ottawa Hills Memorial Park and a luncheon at the church. The family suggests honoring Mr. Taylor by serving a neighbor. Memorial donations may also be made to the Maumee FOP Memorial Fund at 109 E. Dudley St., Maumee, OH 43537; or The ALS Association Northern Ohio Chapter, 6155 Rockside Rd. No. 403, Independence, OH 44131.
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