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Thomas L. McGhee
Thomas L. McGhee, age 88, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Friday afternoon, February 7, 2020 at Swanton Health Care & Retirement Center. He was born November 6, 1931 in Toledo, Ohio to Harold F. and Leona O. (Perry) McGhee. He grew up in Erie, Michigan and the family later moved to Toledo. Tom was a 1949 graduate of Swanton High School and was drafted into the United States Army. He served during the Korean War. Upon his return home from the service, Tom attended the University of Toledo and obtained a degree in Finance, and worked as a stockbroker for multiple firms in Toledo.
A very active member of the Swanton Community, and served as the former Mayor of Swanton. He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Parish. A sports enthusiast, Tom was instrumental in starting the girls basketball program in Swanton, and coached baseball, softball and basketball. He was inducted into the Swanton High School Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Ohio High School Football Hall of Fame.
Tom had a love for mowing his grass, harness horse racing, golfing and sitting outside his garage watching traffic go by the house. He was a member of the Catholic War Veterans Post #306 in Assumption, Swanton American Legion Post #479, Swanton VFW Post #8598, Swanton Boosters and Swanton High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was recognized by the Swanton Exchange Club with the Golden Deeds Award.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Joann McGhee; his six children, whom he was most proud of who all graduated college without student loans, Pat (Kathy) McGhee; Pam McGhee, Tim (Beth) McGhee, Sean (Robyn) McGhee, Jackie (Shaun) Schultz and Steven (Taush) McGhee; his stepchildren, Bruce (Fawn) Onweller, Todd (Carole) Onweller and Diane (Matt) Davis; 18 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren, Melissa McGhee, Zac (Dani) Bauman, Kalyssa (Corey) West, Trey Bauman, Jacob Schultz, Jonah Schultz, Dominic McGhee, Keelyn McGhee, Billy, Kylee, Luke, Bryn, Regan, Maddie, Nicole, Nicholas, Alex and Zack; as well as his sisters-in-law, Ruth (Charlie) Mika, Donna Gearig and Jean Simon.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Norma (Simon) McGhee and brother, Bill McGhee.
Family and friends may visit Tuesday, February 11th from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton, where a Catholic War Veteran Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday, February 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 333 Brookside Dr. in Swanton, where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m., with Fr. Eric Culler presiding. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at St. Richard's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Swanton Rotary Scholarship, P.O. Box 151, Swanton, OH 43558.
I just heard of Mr McGhee's passing and would like to express my condolences. I had Mr McGhee as my softball coach when I played for Swanton Rotary and he would love to give me the go around while playing. In recent months we would have talks remembering those times. Great man! Great coach! RIP Mr. McGhee!!
Kathy Curry Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM
Thomas was clearly a man who lived life with passion and zest. Thomas was a man who made the most of each day-a model for all of us to emulate. During this time of sadness, we hope that your memories of Thomas bring you comfort and joy. Please know that you are all in your prayers.
Holly, Chelsea, Carissa, and Jen (Tolles) Feb 12 2020 12:00 AM
The Tolles Board Of Education and your entire Tolles family would like to express our sympathy and let you know that our thoughts are with you.
Tolles Feb 11 2020 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Thomas McGhee
Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Feb 10 2020 12:00 AM
My condolences go out to the McGhee & Onweller families. I am sorry for the death of our old friend.
Ruth Redd Feb 9 2020 12:00 AM
Condolences to the McGhee family.
Art Billups Feb 9 2020 12:00 AM
He was my coach for many years and a wonderful person. May angels surround the family at this most difficult time
Pamela Wozniak Feb 9 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Onweller and McGhee family,
Sending our deepest sympathy .Sorry we are no able to be with you during this difficult time. Let God's promise soften your sorrow. John W. and Carla Laver
John W. and Carla Laver Feb 8 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Joanne and family, so sorry to hear about Tom. Will miss seeing Tom and you uptown. Always loved his ready smile and a joke. RIP Tom.
Diane Koepfer Feb 8 2020 12:00 AM
The McGhee family were the best neighbors ever for me and my children Tyson and Tagan. You added us in as part of your family and we wish you strength and love in your loss of your father.
Darlene Rupp Feb 8 2020 12:00 AM