Hugh Ferguson, 88, of Findlay, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at his residence.
Hugh was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Spring City, Tenn., to Farley B. and Willie (Gray) Ferguson. Hugh was orphaned at age 5 and grew up at the Junior Order of American Mechanics Lodge Home, Tiffin, where he met his life-time mate, Lily. He and Lily Cook were married June 20, 1946, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Findlay, and she survives. Hugh graduated from Tiffin Junior Order in 1943 where he earned first team honors in both football and basketball in the "Old Buckeye League." He entered the U.S. Navy in September 1943 and served as a pharmacist mate on a medical ship in the Pacific until April 1946.
Survivors include his three children, Pamela (Don) Fleck, James (Mary) Ferguson and Karen (John) Wallace all of Findlay; five grandchildren, Barbara (Dave) Lawrence, Brian (Susan) Fleck, Amy (Justin) Jeager, Eric (Monica) Ferguson and Katherine Wallace; and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha, Jacob and Benjamin Lawrence, Haleigh and Hunter Fleck, Zachary and Kelsey Ferguson and Tavin Jaeger.
Hugh was one of 14 children. Surviving are his twin brother, Hubert Ferguson of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and two sisters, Willie Anderson of Folsom, Calif., and Virginia Chamberlain of Chatham, Va.
Preceding him in death were his parents; 10 siblings, Frances, James, Edna, Daisy, Lucille, Jean, Betty Jo, Perry, Farley B., and Helen; and a great granddaughter, Alexandra Lawrence.
Hugh owned and retired from Self-Lifting Piano Truck Co. of Findlay after 40 years of service. He was an avid sports fan, especially of Findlay High School, Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns.
Visitation hours are 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, 500 Lima Ave., Findlay, OH 45840, (419) 422-2626. There will be a one hour visitation prior to the funeral Friday at the church.
His funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 935 W. Bigelow Ave., Findlay, with the Rev. Thomas Lyberg officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery where military graveside rites will be conducted by the Hancock Veterans Memorial Squad.
Memorials may be made to Bridge Home Health and Hospice, 15100 Birchaven Lane, Findlay, OH 45840 or to the church.
Online condolences to the family may be expressed at www.kirkpatrickbehnke.com.