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