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Thomas Eugene Horwedel

December 22, 1941 — August 28, 2022

Berlin Heights

Thomas Eugene Horwedel, 80, of Berlin Heights, Ohio passed away Sunday, August 28, 2022. 

Tom was retired from Ford Motor Company in Lorain, Ohio, where he worked 31 years in various positions, including foreman for the parts/assembly line. His hobbies included bowling; dancing the jitterbug with his wife, Franci; hunting and fishing; listening to his son Lance’s rock 'n' roll bands; performing as Jake from the Blues Brothers with his son’s band and his old friend, John Johnson; watching music competition television shows, old westerns, wheel-spinning game shows on television; and complaining avidly about politics, the weather, and the lack of available perch at local restaurants. Tom also had a deep devotion to anything Elvis, and was a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and The Ohio State Buckeyes, complaining about each with the same fervor as the previously mentioned weather, politics and lack of perch. 

If you ever met Tom in person, you likely wouldn't forget the encounter. His larger than life persona and his amazing ability to "tell it like it is" whether you wanted to hear it or not, always left an impression. His candor and sense of humor were uniquely his, and his alone. 

Tom was a member of Saint Peter’s Church in Huron as a young man. He attended St. Peter’s School and was a graduate of Berlin Heights High School (Class of 1960) where he was a regular attendee of his alumni gatherings. He also was a member of the Vermilion VFW.

He is survived by his children, Dina Horwedel (Peter Eichstaedt), Denver, Colorado; Lon Horwedel (Julie Fremuth) and their children Olivia Horwedel, Ella Horwedel, and Eamon Horwedel, all of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Lance Horwedel (Joy Horwedel) of Sandusky, Ohio and their son Tyler Birkholz, Brooklyn, Ohio; and Dirk Horwedel and his partner (Erin Downing), of Greenwich, Ohio.

He was predeceased by his wife, Frances (Pine) Horwedel, father Mark Edward Horwedel and mother Stella (Krebs) Horwedel, both of Sheffield Lake, Ohio; sisters Vivan Rogers, Avon Lake; Arlene Lundberg, Avon Lake; Beverly Jaroscac, Avon Lake; and Norma Huber, Avon Lake.

Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky is handling the arrangements.  Condolences may be made the family by visiting

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