Joseph John Urschel
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Joseph John Urschel
  • September 6, 1929 - January 12, 2018
  • Sarasota, Florida

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Joseph John Urschel (Joe), age 88, died on January 12, 2018 in Sarasota, Florida surrounded by his loving family. He was born on September 6, 1929 in Toledo, Ohio to the late Elizabeth Schenck Urschel and George Curtis Urschel, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Martha (Marti) Wasson Urschel, his daughters Rebecca U. Stoner of Sarasota, Florida, Patricia U. Farley and husband, Patrick Farley of Lilburn, Georgia, M. Suzanne Frew and husband, Christopher Frew of Marietta, Georgia, grandchildren, Joseph Stoner, Jessica Stoner, Rebecca Farley, Sabrina Farley, Timothy Frew and David Frew, as well as five nieces and nephews.

Joe was a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School, Staunton Military Academy, and earned a B.S. degree in engineering at the United States Military Academy (West Point). Following graduation from West Point, Joe joined the U.S. Air Force, graduating from flight school at James Connelly A.F.B in Waco, Texas. Upon graduation, Lt. Urschel was assigned as a flight instructor in single engine jets at Greenville A.F.B. in Greenville, Mississippi. Toward the completion of his duty assignment, Lt. Urschel was then assigned as a test pilot, also in single engine jets. While in Greenville, he was fortunate enough to meet and marry his eternal, lifelong soulmate, Martha Kate Wasson. They eloped in the First Methodist Church of Cleveland, Mississippi on January 18, 1955. He was honorably discharged from the service at the rank of Captain at 27 ¬¬years of age.

Returning to Toledo, he began working for the family business, Woodville Lime and Chemical Company, eventually becoming president and expanding the company's product line and customers. The family sold the company in 1982 to Martin Marietta Corporation. He and Marti retired to Sarasota, where he pursued his passions for golf, European history and the space program.

Joe was on the Board of Directors of both Junior Achievement and Belmont Country Club in Toledo, Ohio. He was a basketball coach for Catholic Youth Organization (CYO), Toledo, Ohio. He was a member of the Toledo Club, Toledo Yacht Club, Inverness Club, and Toledo Country Club of Toledo, Ohio, Ocean Reef Golf Club of Key Largo, Florida, Wabe Maquaw Club of Ontario, Canada, Rockwell Springs Trout Club of Clyde, Ohio, and Tournament Players Club and Riverview High School Boosters of Sarasota, Florida. Nationally, he was a member of the World Council of Business and Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Southeastern Guide Dogs' Paws for Patriots at 4210 77th St. E, Palmetto, FL 34221 or to the charity of your choice.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 on Saturday, January 20 at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 S. Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238.