Franklin Toth


Franklin James Toth, 82, of Defiance, passed away on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Mercy St. Vincent's Medical Center, Toledo.

He was born on April 18, 1932, to Alex and Irene (Kovach) Toth in North Baltimore, Ohio. On July 31, 1965, he married Lois (Hanke) Toth. They were married 48 and one half years.

Franklin was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Defiance. He was a graduate of North Baltimore High School class of 1950, where he played the saxophone in the marching band, among other activities. In 1955, he joined the U.S. Army 8th Infantry Golden Arrow Division. His title was Specialist 3 and he served until 1957. Franklin worked for the Campbell Soup Company, retiring after 39 years and one month. Franklin enjoyed traveling on his motorcycle across the United States with his wife and friends. He also bowled in the Henry County Men's Bowling Leagues.

He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather of his son, David (Robin Wilson) Toth of Ottawa, Ohio; a daughter, Marilyn (Michael) Shoup of Defiance; grandchildren, Christina (Shawn) Triplett of Montpelier, Ohio, Joshua Toth of Bowling Green, Ohio, Ryan Toth of Cincinnati, Ohio, Michael Swagger of Columbus, Ohio, Brandon Wilson of Ottawa, Ohio, Haley Wilson of Napoleon, Ohio and Cody Hunt of Ottawa, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Alicia, Mason and Dakota Rau of Montpelier, Ohio, Noah Wilson of Napoleon, Ohio, Ross and Lilly Wilson of Ottawa, Ohio, and Silvia Swagger of Columbus, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois M. Toth; a son, Daniel Lee Toth; his brother, Joseph Toth; and a sister, Margerite Lentz.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, rural Defiance, with Rev. Robbie Ketcham officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.

The family requests memorials be directed to the American Red Cross or to family wishes. Online condolences can be given at

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