PERRYSBURG, Ohio — Karl A. Friend, 72, of Perrysburg, passed away
peacefully at Hospice of Northwest Ohio on July 6, 2014, following a
courageous battle with liver cancer.
Born on Dec. 30, 1941, in
Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Harold A. and Mildred D. (Cully) Friend, Karl
grew up in Sylvania, Ohio, and was a graduate of the last class from
Burnham High School in 1960. He received his bachelor’s degree in
history and earth science in 1965 from B.G.S.U. He retired in 2002 from
Bowling Green City Schools, after 35 years of teaching in the junior
high/middle school as an earth science and history teacher. Karl was
honored four times as Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was named a
Jennings Scholar. The impact he made on his students will be lifelong.
had many affiliations. He was a Life Loyal Tau with the Ohio Epsilon
Kappa Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. He was a member of the Ohio
Historical Society/History Connection, and U.S. Cavalry Assoc., and
Morgan’s Men Assoc. He was on the Board of Trustees for Fallen Timbers
Battlefield Preservation Commission, Greater Toledo Civil War
Roundtable, and Friend Family Association of America, Inc. He was also
the vice president and past treasurer of the Fort Meigs History Military
Roundtable and a charter/benefactor member of the Friends and
Descendants of Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison.
Karl’s love of learning and interest in history led him to be an avid
informant for many individuals on historical events, places and people.
He was honored as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Scotland.
Karl was proud of being a Boy Scout having achieved the award of Eagle
Scout. Additionally, Karl had a passion for fast cars especially the
Corvette. Karl attended racing school completing a five day road racing
course at the School of High Performance Driving. He was as life member
of the Nat’l Sports Car Club of America.
Karl was preceded in
death by his parents. He is survived by his best friend and 20+ year
companion, confidant, and love, Deborah Pirolli. He is survived by his
aunt, Marvene Hardy of Monroeville, Indiana; numerous cousins; his
Pirolli family, friends, and “historians.” He will be missed by his
special feline friend, Maxwell.
Friends will be received
from 2 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 10 in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home,
222 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551 (419-874-3133) where
funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014.
Graveside services will then be held at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon in
Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, Ohio.
Deborah would like
to thank the staff at the OSU Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, Dr. Kevin
Phelps and the staff at St. Luke’s Family Practice, and Hospice of
Northwest Ohio for their compassionate care.
to make a donation are asked to consider: Fort Meigs; Fallen Timbers
Battlefield Preservation Commission; or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
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