Hyzah "Floyd" Wingate

1935 - 2020

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Hyzah "Floyd" Wingate, 85, of Van Buren, Ohio, passed away at 3:10 a.m., Friday, October 16, 2020, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. He was born on March 28, 1935, in Van Buren to the late Dustin and Eva "Curly" (Lytle) Wingate. He married Sandra Apple on August 5, 1954 in LaGrange, IN, and she passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020, a few hours after Floyd. Floyd is survived by his sons: Greg (Jeanne) Wingate of Bowling Green, Jeff (Reta) Wingate of Jenera and Doug (Amy) Wingate of Findlay; daughters: Cara Sue (Paul) Stefanka of Van Buren and Jane Ellen Wingate-Motter of Van Buren; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by infant son, Scott Douglas Wingate; his sisters: Vondale Steen and Evelyn Craig; and an infant brother, Dee Wingate. Floyd retired from Cooper Tire & Rubber Company in Findlay, and Van Buren Schools as a Bus Driver. He was a graduate of Van Buren High School, and was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, North Baltimore. He was a former member of the Ohio Grange, and had been an assistant Boy Scout Leader. Floyd had volunteered with Van Buren Schools in the industrial arts department and elementary school as a reader. He was an avid blood donor for the American Red Cross. He was twice named Hancock County School Bus Driver of the Year, and was a one time Ohio State School Bus Rodeo Champion. Floyd and Sandra both enjoyed square dancing and polka dancing. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye and Cleveland Indians fan, and enjoyed participating in community theater, camping and woodworking. A combined funeral service with his beloved wife Sandra will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Pastor Phil Park-Thomas and Pastor John Apple officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore. Visitation will be held 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, and 1 hour (10-11 a.m.) prior to the service on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    515 N. Main St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
    Wednesday, October 21st 2020 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Thursday, October 22nd 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, October 22nd 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    515 North Main Street
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45842

  • Final Resting Place:

    New Maplewood Cemetery [Map]

    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Charity of the Donor's Choice

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Condolences For Hyzah "Floyd" Wingate

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To : Jeff and Reta Wingate
Date :Saturday, October 17th 2020
From : Tammy 3
I am so sorry for this devastating loss, my prayers are with all.



To : All the family
Date :Saturday, October 17th 2020
From : Betsy Worden
I want to offer my sincere condolences on the passing of your wonderful parents. On the same day they ascended to Heaven! Partners in life and the afterlife! I truly enjoyed getting to know them both over the years with our annual meeting to prepare their tax returns. Such good people! I will miss them. Prayers for you all!



To : DJ Motter and Family
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : Mark Kathy and Dean Rodabaugh
We have good memories of Floyd, as a bus driver and especially on our Boy Scout trip to South Carolina! Dj, your grandparents loved you so much. We pray that you and your family will feel the peace of Christ that passes all understanding, in the loss of your Grandpa and Grandma.



To : All the family
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : Jim Robin Sterling
We are so sorry for your loss. We remember the years you were our neighbors and our boys spent many hours playing together. Will have you in prayer for this sad time.



To : Doug Amy and the rest of family
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : Jane Hedges
Doug & Amy.... I was so sorry to read about your dad on facebook then I read about your Mom...both passing within a few hrs of each other... all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I just can't imagine. (Doug, I worked many years with Amy at Birchaven) thinking of all of you. Jane



To : All the Family
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : Dwight and Peggy Steen
Peggy and I very much want to express our condolences to the family on the Passing of Floyd and Sandra. While we were saddened in reading the obituaries, these also brought to mind fond memories. As I recall, Floyd never smoked, but I do remember when I was about 8 years old, he produced a corn cob pipe and not having any tobacco, we tried corn silk in it. I know that turned me a couple shades of green so that when we went into the house my mom (Vondale) knew immediately that we had been into something. Since Floyd was older, he got in trouble. Mention in the obituaries of their fondness for square dancing also brought back memories since it was Floyd’s dad (my Grandpa Dusty and “Curly”) who taught Peggy and I to square dance to the music of the Blanchard Valley Boys and caller Hyzah Lytle. Floyd and Sandra were an inspiration because of their devotion to one another as well as their contributions to the community.



To : The entire Wingate Family
Date :Sunday, October 18th 2020
From : Jon Rose Eichar
We are so sorry for the loss of your parents. May you find peace knowing they loved and lived a great life together on Earth, and that their love will endure forever in Heaven. Blessings, Jon & Rose



To : Greg Wingate family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Mark Siebarth
My sincere condolences to everyone at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.



To : Greg Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Michele Wallace
I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is devastating, but both at once is unfathomable. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.



To : The Wingate Family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Lois Wingate Hart Jordan
To Entire Wingate Family:
Monday, October 19, 2020
You have my deepest sympathy on
the passing of your parents. Will have
You all in my prayers during this most
difficult time.



To : Doug and family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Terri Cummings Wilhelm
Dear Doug,

I am so sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of your father. I feel so lucky to have had him as my bus driver. On days where nothing seemed to be going right, your dad could always be counted on to have a kind word or smile. He was a wonderful man! I didn’t know your mom, but I am sure she was lovely, too. Know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Terri



To : Greg and Jeanne Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Ed and Susan Klawitter
We pray for you daily and know you were very close to your Dad and so like him in many ways. May the God of all comfort and compassion be your strength and rock during this time of incredible loss. We love you and from 11 hours away, wrap our arms around you.



To : Greg and Jeanne Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Ed and Susan Klawitter
We pray for you daily and know you were very close to your Dad and so like him in many ways. May the God of all comfort and compassion be your strength and rock during this time of incredible loss. We love you and from 11 hours away, wrap our arms around you.



To : Greg and Jeanne Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Ed and Susan Klawitter
We pray for you daily and know you were very close to your Dad and so like him in many ways. May the God of all comfort and compassion be your strength and rock during this time of incredible loss. We love you and from 11 hours away, wrap our arms around you.



To : The Wingate Family -Greg Jeff Doug Cara and Jane
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : John and Gale Apple Soares
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom and dad. I have so many memories of Uncle Floyd and Aunt Sandra. I can still hear some of the things they told me. Prayers for each of you and your families in the difficult days ahead.



To : Jeff and Reta rest of family
Date :Tuesday, October 20th 2020
From : June Eier
Remember the good times my sister, Rose and I had at the Shuster-Tressel Reunion seeing you folks. You are in my prayers during this difficult time. June



To : The Wingate Family
Date :Wednesday, October 21st 2020
From : Ruth Ann Hahn
I am sending my thoughts, prayers and sympathy to all of you in this time of sorrow. Your parents were kind and generous people. It is comforting to know that they continue on together in their walk through eternity.



To : Greg Jeanne all
Date :Friday, October 30th 2020
From : Marilyn Wynkoop Lodge
I have many fond, fun memories as a kid attending Van Buren Local School & graduating in 1953. In a class of just 12, five of us, including Floyd, went to school all 12 years together -- we were close. I kinda lost contact & missed out on the growing family & years so especially wanted to see all of you at visitation. Glad for the chance to chat with Greg. Sincere sympathy on the double loss of both parents. My best to all of you as you carry on the good name & reputation of your parents.



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