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Spouse/Partner: Never married, no exwives, no kids, no regrets...
Occupation: Motor Trade, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW
Military Service: U.S. Naval Air Reserve 1968-72 USS Oriskany CVA-34  
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After graduating from Start, I joined the Naval Air Reserve in December 1968. While going through Aviation Ordnance training in Jacksonville Florida, I applied to the Naval Academy but was runner up to a guy who was the captain of his high school football team... My active duty was served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany CVA-34 in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of Viet Nam. I was able to visit Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippines during my tours of duty, plus my ship was home-ported at Naval Air Station Alameda in San Francisco Bay, an area that I enjoyed. After my release from active duty I remained in the reserves for several more years. I returned to Toledo in 1972 and attended T.U. before relocating to Southern California in 1976 where I was actually born. I have been engaged in the imported automobile business ever since. Besides restoring and selling classic British sports cars, specializing in Jaguars, I enjoy travel and have been to Spain, England, Wales, France, Belgium, and of course Ireland many times... Never married, no kids, no regrets... Plenty of nieces and nephews...

School Story:

I'm sure that I was pretty much invisible to most of my classmates during my years at Start. I was not a "Social", not a "Hood" just one of the faceless rabble in between... I remember how my history teacher, John Wretschko, every December 7th, would recount his personal experience of Pearl Harbor. How as a P-40 fighter pilot he was able to get off the ground only to be shot down by our own forces after being mistaken as the enemy. Not big enough for most sports, I remember that I weighed only 127 pounds when I entered the Navy, so they put me on the bomb assembly crew for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week... Most of my social interaction in my high school years was with friends made through my involvement with Junior Achievement where I met kids from all over the city. As one of 8 children, there wasn't a lot of money to go around. No yearbooks, no class ring, no senior trip or prom ( I did take a couple of girlfriends to their proms though...) But I really didn't mind... I still have family in Toledo and have returned regularly over the years.

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Harry Reichow 

April 18, 1949 - December 9, 2022

Harry Reichow, age 73, of Toledo, passed away December 9, 2022 at home. Harry was born April 18, 1949 in Toledo, Ohio to Harold and Betty (Seel) Reichow. A 1968 Start High School graduate he served his country in the U.S. Air Force. Harry married Diane Northington on April 18, 1998 in Little Flower Catholic Church. He retired in 2005 from the Lucas County Juvenile Justice Center and was past Commander of the Argonne Post 545.

Surviving are his loving wife Diane; stepchildren, Jennifer and Jennette; sister, Donna Kawczynski; brother-in-law Robert (Sophie) Precht, Sr.; nephew, Robert (Rosie) Precht, Jr.; great-nephews, Robert (Abby) Precht III and Michael Precht; grandnieces, Norah and Prudence. Also surviving are 6 step-grandchildren; and 3 step-great-grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Janet; and his stepson, Rob.

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Patrick Albert Gilbert, age 71, of Las Vegas, Nevada passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2022. Patrick was born September 9, 1950. 


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John "Big Dawg" W. Underwood, 71, of Toledo, Ohio, died Monday, December 27, 2021, in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born, August 22, 1950, in Toledo, Ohio, he was the son of Herbert and Joanne (Winkleman) Underwood. He graduated from Start High School in 1968 and then went on to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years, where he was a mechanic and in the search & rescue division. He retired from BP Refinery in Oregon, Ohio in 2017, after 25 years of service. John married Becky J. Young on August 28, 1971. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Temperance, Michigan. John was a man of many traits and skills, and would help anyone in need. He was a devoted Ohio State and Pittsburgh Steelers fan and also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time at Black Lake in Michigan with his family, but most of all watching and cheering on his grandchildren when they played their sports.

John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Becky; children, Amy (Aaron) Hammer and Brian Underwood; grandchildren, Austin, Alexis, Amanda and Aiden; brother, James (Cathy) Underwood; and sister, Sharon (Nelson) Yoshimoto. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Roger C. Worley Roger C. Worley, 71, of Toledo, passed away on Wednesday October 14, 2020, at his home. He was born April 6, 1949, in Toledo and was the son of Fred and Ursula Worley. Roger attended St. Mary's, St. Angela Hall and St. Catherine grade schools. He was a graduate of Start High School. In 1968, he worked for Libbey Glass in Toledo until 1985, and then at Libbey Glass City of Industry until 1994. Roger also drove semis for C.R. England and most recently for MTS for 16 years. Roger is now singing with the angels. He was always singing. Roger also had a love of horses. He leaves behind his step daughter, Dawn; from his second marriage along with 4 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; his wife, Elaine (Grevis), and her children, Andrea (Jeremy) Jaquillard and Nick (Michelle) Fotoples; grandchildren, Ethan and Alex Jaquillard. Also surviving is his brother, David (Bev) Worley; sister, Lynden (Paul) Schwab and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 17th, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral and interment was at Toledo Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 740 North Superior Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Ansberg-West Funeral Directors (419) 472-7633. Online condolences may be sent to Roger's family at To plant trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store. Published by The Blade from Oct. 18 to Oct. 20, 2020. MEMORIAL EVENTS OCT 17 Funeral service Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral , OH Send Flowers Funeral services provided by: Ansberg-West Funeral Home (419) 472-7633 Website MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES Sponsored by Ansberg-West Funeral Home. Add a Message From Your Message Add a Photo Not sure what to say? 2 Entries We were coworkers at Libbey Inc , Elaine we want to offer our condolences for your loss ! God Bless Loretta & Terry Tillman Friend October 18, 2020 Roger was a wonderful classmate and friend. He will be greatly missed by all. I’ll never forget him singing on the phone “Hello my friends Hello” Chip Carstensen Classmate October 17, 2020 Showing 1 - 2 of 2 results Contact UsFAQDo Not Sell My P

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[Cover picture for the article] Jerry L. Luschen, 70, of Texico, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021, at his home. Jerry graduated from Roy C. Start High School in 1968, and served in the United States Air Force. He was the owner of JLN Enterprises, where he installed garage doors for many years. He attended Panther Fork Missionary Baptist Church.

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Karen Lauber, whose finesse with customers, clients, and colleagues won her respect as she became a leader in banking and real estate, died May 29 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg Township. She was 70.

She had cancer, her husband, James Lauber, said.

Mrs. Lauber was president in 2001 of the Toledo Board of Realtors.


She was the board's Realtor of the Year for 2000, in recognition of her work as a volunteer officer of the organization. She served on the Ohio Association of Realtors' executive committee and was a former trustee of the National Association of Realtors.

"She just really was a wonderful leader," said Paula Hiett, former chief executive of the Toledo Board of Realtors, who became a close friend. "She was direct and spoke her mind, but did it in a diplomatic kind of way. She sought out everyone's opinion and did her homework on whatever the issue was."

Mrs. Lauber in the late 1980s came to real estate sales from banking "to do something different and new," her husband said. She sold houses and through the years was affiliated with DiSalle Real Estate; Welles Bowen Realtors; Lance Tyo & Associates, and Sulphur Springs Realty.

Al Hotchkiss, a former board of realtors president, said: "That's why she was so good. She was compassionate."

Mrs. Lauber and her husband retired in 2013 to Angola, Ind. They later returned to Sylvania Township, after which she became a property manager for Mr. Hotchkiss' company, Noral Property Management. She oversaw rentals and management of condominiums. She also fielded calls for repairs and put the appropriate subcontractor on the case.

"She was a lifesaver. She did everything for me," Mr. Hotchkiss said. "Everybody felt like they were her friend."

Mrs. Lauber was born Oct. 26, 1950, to Bernadine and Clifford White and grew up on Elmhurst Road in West Toledo. She was a graduate of Start High School and attended Davis Business College, as it was then known.

After work at a finance company, she was hired by the former Ohio Citizens Bank to be a receptionist.

Mrs. Lauber became a teller and, in 1982, was named manager of the Holland branch. She later managed branches at Miracle Mile and Saxon Square shopping centers. She became an Ohio Citizens assistant vice president.

"She was very customer-service oriented, and the bank took notice of that and started moving her along in the branch system," her husband said.

Surviving are her husband, James, whom she married Nov. 5, 1981; daughter, Kelly Kubiak; stepdaughters, Lisa Jorgensen and Amy Gorman, and five grandsons.


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Edward William Best  1949-2021

Edward William "Average" Best, age 71, of Toledo, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021 in the Orchard Villa Care Center. He was born April 7, 1949 in Toledo, OH to Arthur and Evelyn (Eyre) Best. After graduating from Start High School, Ed was drafted into the US Army and served as a Medic with C Company's 23rd Medical Battalion in LV Hawk Hill, Vietnam. He met Florence Parker, a US Army Nurse while stationed in Carlisle, PA and they were married there on January 12, 1972. Ed was a longtime parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church where he worked as a lunchroom monitor and extended day care worker. He also worked at Yarder Manufacturing for 13 years, retiring in 1985. An avid fisherman and outdoorsman, he enjoyed camping at Maumee Bay State Park. He also loved to cook and was a skilled woodworker. A loving and devoted husband and a wonderful father and grandfather, he will be dearly missed. Ed is survived by his wife, Florence (Parker) Best; children, Benjamen (April) Best, Josephine Best, and Paul (Audrey) Best; grandchildren, Tybalt and Jenevieve Best; sisters, Norma (Dennis) Tobianski and Deb (John) Pizio; and brother-in-law, James (Barbara) Parker. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Jensen, Kim A., age 70 years, of Toledo, OH, passed away April 13, 2021. Cremation Society, Toledo, OH. As published in The Blade

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