Wayne E. Holzwart, age 80, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:34 am at Wyandot Memorial Hospital in Upper Sandusky.
Wayne was born on June 26, 1940, in Wyandot County, Ohio, to Harley E. and Marie (Wentz) Holzwart. He married Marilyn Elizabeth Burks on November 8, 1959, and she passed away on May 19, 2008. He then married Georgianna (Gatchell) McKee on November 18, 2008, and she survives.
He is survived by his 4 children: Mark Wayne (Susan) Holzwart of Upper Sandusky, Doreen Elizabeth Lemmert of Upper Sandusky, Catherine Elizabeth (Maxwell) Gerber of Upper Sandusky, and John Wayne (Amy) Holzwart of Findlay; 10 grandchildren: Matthew, Michael and Gabrielle Holzwart, Lucas Medal, Alissa, Abigail, and Anna Gerber, Abram Johnston, Clayton Harley Holzwart, and Troy Holzwart, along with 8 great-grandchildren.
Wayne is also survived by Georgianna’s family, Ila (Dan) Lynch of Carey, Michael McKee of Upper Sandusky, Steven McKee of Upper Sandusky, Julie (Charles) Laudenslager of Upper Sandusky, and Robert McKee of Carey and 2 grandchildren, and 8 step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Marilyn, and brother Louis.
Wayne was a 3rd generation farmer in Mifflin Township having farmed his entire life. He was a 1959 graduate of Salem High School, where he participated in baseball, basketball, and FFA. After graduating, he continued his love for baseball playing men’s softball for Bethany Church and Kirby Landmark softball teams. He attended the State High School Basketball Tournament every year since 1966 with his lifelong friend, Dennis Swartz.
He was a long-time member of Bethany Lutheran Church until it closed in 1989.
He was most currently a member of Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky and took part in the Hope group at the church. Wayne was introduced to dartball at the age of 8 and shortly afterward began playing in the church dartball leagues and continued to do so throughout his life, with Bethany, North Salem, St. Paul, and Trinity. He was a coveted member of the team and helped win numerous dartball tournaments.
Wayne enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, planting trees, mowing, following the Ohio State Buckeyes, and Cleveland Indians. He loved the game of baseball and was known to be quite a historian of the game.
He will be remembered for his loving spirit and his gift of hospitality, as his home was a welcoming place for many throughout the years.
Funeral services for Wayne E. Holzwart will be held at 10:00 am Friday, May 7, 2021, at Trinity Evangelical Church with Rev. Jim Stauffer officiating. Burial will follow at Schoenberger Cemetery.
Visitations will be held on Thursday, May 6, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Lucas-Batton Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, and 1 hour before service time at the church on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wyandot Memorial Hospital or the Wyandot County Council on Aging and can be sent to Lucas-Batton, 476 S. Sandusky Ave. Upper Sandusky, Ohio, 43351.
Online condolences may be sent to www.lucasbatton.com.
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Wyandot Memorial Hospital
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