Lee Weber, 85, a prominent local figure from Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio, died Friday at The Toledo Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Lee was born in Altoona, the youngest of three children of John and Matilda (Shultz) Weber. On June 24, 1950, he married Marie "Mary" Mittermeier.
He is survived by his loving family; wife, Marie "Mary"; son, Rick (Mary Ann); a daughter, Karen Secord; grandchildren: Kurt (Jenn) Weber, Jennifer (Bill) Bronikowski, Scott (Cristella) Secord and Paige Dusseau; great-grandchildren: Kaitlin and Alex-Jenna Bronikowski, Kameron and Kourtney Weber, Zach St. John, Jackson Dusseau, Olivia and James Secord; and a brother-in-law, John (Kathy) Mittermeier.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers: Carl and John.
His family later moved to Toledo, Ohio, in 1932. He attended Central Catholic High School and the University of Toledo.
In 1945 he entered the military, serving in World War II. In 1946 with other officers of the Argonne Post American Legion and the Buddy Frankowski Post #5530, they started the annual Lagrange Street Memorial Day Parade/Celebration.
He had worked in public service working for Lucas County and the City of Toledo, retiring in May 1988 as the Commissioner of Purchasing and Supplies. While employed with Lucas County, he implemented the Food Stamp Program, which provided food and basic living essential to the disadvantaged of Lucas County.
He was a founding member, President and Board Chairman of the German American Festival Society. He was a member, and in many cases, served in elected positions of the Bavarian Sports Club (Toledo), Municipal Finance Officers of Ohio, Municipal Treasurers Association of Ohio, American Legion Posts #545, Polish Vets Post #74, and the International Institute of Toledo, LaSociete Das 40 & 8.
He was a member of the Crimestopper Program, the City of Toledo-Charter review Committee, the City of Toledo Athletics Commission, the City of Toledo-City Parks Commission and the Toledo Metropolitan Council of Governments (TMACOG). He was active with the Zablocki Senior Center. He was also an active member of the Bavarian Aid Society (Altoona), Swiss Rifle Club (Altoona), Unter Uns Society (Altoona) and the Brush Mountain Sportsman Association (Altoona).
Lee enjoyed athletic competition of all types. Along with Art Sawyer and Howard Tiefke, they introduced "slow-pitch" softball to the Toledo area, and in 1998, field No. 4 of the Detwiler Softball Complex was named in his honor by the Council of the City of Toledo. In most recent years, Lee enjoyed watching his great-grandchildren compete in their various athletic activities.
He was the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1973, he received the "Community Action Award" from the governor. In 1975, he received the "Outstanding Citizens Recognition Award" from the General Assembly of the State of Ohio. In 1978, he received "Award for Heroism" from the American Legion and "Good Samaritan Award/Heroism" from the Toledo Lucas County Safety Council.
While being an avid Democrat, he had many friends on both sides of the political aisle, and on Oct. 16, 1979, he was named "Honorary Lieutenant Governor for the State of Ohio" by then-Republican Gov. George Voinovich.
Proud of his German heritage, he represented his heritage locally, statewide and on a national level. He served on statewide advisory committees appointed by governors Celeste and Voinovich and national advisory committees appointed by presidents Reagan and Clinton.
Lee also enjoyed rabbit hunting with his father, brothers and nephews, and in the 1960s and 1970s they were the subject of many sportsmen stories in the Toledo Blade and Times newspapers.
On Dec. 12, 2012, he achieved another milestone in his life. On that date, his blood donation to the American Red Cross totaled his 300 gallon donation.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at David R. Jasin-Hoening Funeral Home, 5300 N. Summit St., Toledo, Ohio, 43611. There will be a scripture service at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 5153 N. Summit St., Toledo, Ohio, with the funeral Mass beginning at 12 p.m., Father Anthony Borgia officiating. Interment is at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio, P.O. Box 23018, Toledo, OH 43623.