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Thomas A. Kurth
Thomas A. Kurth, age 80, a life-long resident of Swanton, Ohio, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday evening, September 30, 2015, one day before his 81st birthday. Tom was proud to say he had lived in Swanton all his life. He was always quick to tell people he had never moved away. He saw many changes over the years and loved to reminisce with others. He also was proud that he attended Swanton Alliance Church for all 80 years. Tom graduated from Swanton High School in 1953.
Tom had many interests and hobbies. He loved to golf, play tennis, go to auctions, refinish furniture, feed birds, and helped people with their projects. He was always tinkering with something. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren in numerous sports and other activities. When his daughters were growing up, he coached girl's softball for over 15 years. Tom was active in his church holding the office of trustee, co-taught children's church, and drove the church bus.
Tom had a wonderful work ethic. As a young boy, he caddied at Valleywood Golf Club where he learned to play golf as well. In 1949, he won The Toledo Blade Caddie Tournament which was played at Valleywood. He was employed at Johns Manville for 11 years with perfect attendance, Owens-Illinois for 17 years rarely ever missing work, Pilliod Cabinet Company, and then after retiring at age 62, Tom became the Swanton Memorial Park Groundskeeper. He worked there for 16 years and said it was the best job he ever had. Tom was a man you could count on to be on the job and do it well. He took great pride in any work he performed.
Tom's love for his Lord, his family and friends, his "funny" humor, his advice, and the quiet strength he gave to all, will be greatly missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 37 years, Barbara; daughters, Shelley (Tom Beach) Kurth of Toledo, OH, Wendy (Matt) Stump of Wauseon, OH, Lisa (Bob) Ledgerwood of Angola, IN; Laurie Hullibarger of Sylvania, OH, and Rita (Steve) Leaders of Whitehouse, OH; his grandchildren, Ashley (Troy) Westhoven, Jenna Kasten, Michael (Erin) Graves, Derek Hullibarger, Andrea Ledgerwood, Dane Hullibarger, Jack Turner, and Brock Stump; great-grandchildren, Tyce and Addison Westhoven and Coy Nicole Graves. Also surviving Tom are his sisters, Esther Vaughn and Marilyn Joanne Henricks, both of Delta, OH; brother, Howard (Dorothy) Kurth of Holland, OH; along with many extended family and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Grace Kurth; brothers, Harold, Donald, and James Kurth; and sister, Jean Kern.
Special thanks to The Toledo Clinic Cancer Center and especially to Dr. Tim Kasunic and the girls in the chemo room for all your loving care. Also to Hospice of Northwest Ohio for the care you gave Tom.
Visitation will be held Saturday, October 3rd from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton. Visitation will continue Sunday, October 4th from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Swanton Alliance Church, where funeral services will begin at 4:00 p.m. with Pastor Curt Bowman officiating. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Swanton Alliance Church-Landscaping Fund.
Residence: Swanton, Ohio
Visitation: Saturday, October 3rd from 3:00 to 8:00 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Funeral Service: Sunday, October 4th at 4:00 pm at the Swanton Alliance Church, where visitation will be one hour prior
What an amazing man he was. Grew up with Mr. Kurth at church. He was someone I always looked up to. I remembered he could fix anything...that always amazed me. Blessings and prayers for your family. Thank you for sharing him with us for so long.
Kay (Studebaker) Ellis Oct 5 2015 12:00 AM
Barb & Family - Your loss, along with the Swanton community's loss, is definitely Heaven's gain. Tom was an amazing guy. Since moving back in 2009 we rarely saw him just "taking a break". Always building, or fixing, or working on "something". While he was taking care of the Swanton Memorial Park, it always looked great and there was never any doubt it would be opened, and closed, on time everyday 7 days a week. His love of kids touched our family, because one of the things our oldest grandson from Georgia looked forward to on any trip to Swanton was a chance to talk to "Mr. Tom". We have Tom, and your whole family, in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Paula & Mick Bryan
Paula & Mick Bryan Oct 5 2015 12:00 AM
Barb and family, my thoughts and prayers continue for you all in the days ahead. May the memories of the good times be of comfort to you. Gloria
Gloria Smith Oct 4 2015 12:00 AM
I am sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you that God's comfort will be yours. It won't be easy to go i on without him, but knowing we can see him again does help.
Darla (Smith) Miller Oct 4 2015 12:00 AM
Barb, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember riding the church bus for many years. Thank you for all the time you both spent with that ministry. You are in my prayers. Sheri
Sheri (Faber) Millenbaugh Oct 4 2015 12:00 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kurth family, we were very sorry to hear of Tom's passing. Tom, Barb and the Kurth family have been great neighbors to my parents over the years. I grew up next to the Kurth's, graduated with Shelley and Wendy and watched the family grow up over the years. Tom and Barb were always doing yard work or a some project outside and have done a lot to help my parents over the years and we appreciate that very much. Tom rest in peace.
Bob and Callie Sampson Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM
Dear Barb, So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers With Love, Denny and Linda
Dennis and Linda Leslie Oct 3 2015 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to Tom's family. I worked with Tom at Pilliod's back in the day and would talk to him at the park whenever I seen him. Heaven got a really good soul. He'll be missed.
Ella Slhelley Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM
Barb and Family! So sorry for your loss, Tom was a Great person, and he will be missed by many. Keeping your family in our prayers.
Bonnie & Ron Holdeman Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM
It has been an honor to have had Tom as our neighbor for the past forty years. I want share a few of our memories of Tom. I remember him driving the Alliance Church Bus and picking up Becky for Sunday School. He helped to make going to church a memorable time. Later , probably in the 1980's he came over and cut down a few large trees in our backyard. He also came over and did some tree trimming. He was very knowledgeable in how to trim and shape trees.Later on Tom built our back deck. It was then that I really learned of Tom's work ethic. His work ethic reminded me of my father's work ethic - both only knew how to build something only one way. The correct way! Tom built a small barn in his back yard. I would often kid him about it being so strong that it would probably be able to withstand a tornado. I have a collection of Swanton historical items that I recently shared with Tom and spent time with him going over things about Swanton's past. We had a good time talking about the items. We are sorry for your loss and will pray for God to give you comfort in the days ahead.
Dick & Christine Souslin Oct 2 2015 12:00 AM