Lonnie R. Eagle

August 13, 1937 ‒ July 05, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Well known, respected and modest are just a few words to describe Lonnie Eagle. Lonnie helped the children and the whole community by donating his time and talents. Lonnie R. Eagle passed away Wednesday evening, July 5, 2017 in his Galion home, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born August 13, 1937 in Ashland and was the son of Ray R. and Florence B. (Marsh) Eagle.

Lonnie married Ann (Lindower) Eagle in the Ashland College Memorial Chapel on June 25, 1961.

He was a 1955 graduate of Ashland High School and went on to graduate from Ashland College with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Lonnie went on to graduate school at The Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University. He attended Banking Schools at Kent State, Ohio University and the University of Oklahoma. Lonnie was a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve serving from 1955 to 1964, spending five years in the Navy Reserves and three and half years in active duty with the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland. As a LTJG he was an Intelligence Research Analyst and received the Joint Service Commendation Medal from the Department of Defense. Lonnie taught Business Education at Mansfield Senior High School, Vandalia High School, Galion High School, Norwalk High School and Ehove High School. He worked in banking for 41 years as a loan officer and bank manager starting at Huron County Bank, ten years at Galion Buckeye State Bank, Willard United Bank, Trust Corp, Society Bank, 19 years at Key Bank and 12 years at First Federal Bank of Ohio retiring May 25, 2012. Lonnie worked in sales for Craig Smith Auto Group in Galion for two and a half years.

Lonnie was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Galion since 1978, a trustee of Ralph Boyd Foundation, a trustee of Arthur Freese Foundation, on the Board of Directors at Galion Community Hospital for 13 years, a volunteer and past chairman of school levy campaigns in Norwalk and Galion, taught Junior Achievement to third and fourth graders in Galion City Schools for 12 years and participated in Ohio Reads Program with third and fourth graders for 12 years. He donated 18 gallons of blood for American Red Cross. Lonnie was a past chairman, member and ambassador of Galion Chamber of Commerce since 1985, past board member of Galion United Way and Galion Chapter of the American Red Cross. He truly loved and enjoyed his grandchildren and considered them his great accomplishment.

He was a member of United Methodist Church in Norwalk and Galion since 1966 and an active member of Christ United Methodist in Galion since 1978.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter Trina (Brian) Martin of Hilliard; sons Timothy (Jan) Eagle and Todd (Shannon) Eagle of Galion; grandchildren Miranda and Taylor Eagle, Luke and Alec Martin; brothers Duane (Judy) Eagle of Ashland, David (Linda) Eagle of Columbia, Missouri and Douglas (Katie) Eagle of Perrysville and a sister Beverly Toberen of Ashland.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister Sharon Ann Eagle.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833. Additional calling hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 28 followed by a memorial service starting at 11:30 a.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, 130 East Walnut St. Galion, Ohio with Rev. Bryan George and Rev. Matthew Weaver officiating.

Military honors will be conducted by the United States Navy.

Memorial contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, HomeCare Matters Hospice or the Pelotonia (for Cancer Research) in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Lonnie Eagle, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

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  • Ann & Family,
    You all are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. Lonnie was such a great man !
    Love & prayers,
    Mary Anne & family

  • Ann, Trina, Todd, and family, you are in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. Lonnie was the apple of everyone’s eye that knew him. He would meet a stranger only once and would be friends there after. Just know that there are a lot of people are here for you. God’s blessings on you.
    Geral and Judy Dyer

  • Todd,so sorry for the loss of your Father,my prayers to you and your entire Family.
    Joyce Braden.

  • Lonnie was always cheerful and encouraging. He will be missed. Thoughts and prayers for Ann and the family.
    Mary Kay Naseman (Moderwell)

  • No words can express my heartfelt sadness For the family. As others have stated.he was gem. Ann God bless you, Todd know that my heart feels your pain, as well as the other members of the family, love to all even the ones I don’t know…..Always, Judy Owens

  • To the Eagle Family,
    Jeff and I extend our condolences and sympathy. Lonnie was a great person and a great asset to the Galion community. He will be missed!

  • To the Eagle Families,
    Lonnie was the epitome of a fabulous citizen, father, grandfather, husband, and friend. Lonnie touched so many lives and will be missed. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for his passing. God has taken another wonderful man.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Dear Ann and family,
    Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Lonnie was such a wonderful man, always a smile and a kind word to all. He will be so greatly missed. May the Lord bring you a gentle peace during this difficult time.
    Terry & Leigh Gribble

  • To the Family, we are so sorry to read about Lonnie’s death. Galion has lost a wonderful man. May God be with all of you. Praying for you. We will miss his smiling face.

  • We were so sorry to hear Lonnie passed away. He was a fighter and fought hard. Our thoughts and prayers to Ann and the family. Lonnie was a great father, husband, friend and neighbor. We loved seeing Lonnie out and about in the neighborhood, walking or riding his bike. He would always stop and ask how we were doing and always asks about the kids. He was so proud of his special bike after losing part of his leg. Lonnie was such a positive person and loved his Galion Tigers. He will be missed not only by his loved ones but the community as well. He was such a kind and wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
    Bob and Terri Roesch

  • Hard to believe such a caring and giving man is no longer a part of our small Galion community, yet his love reached so much further . Lonnie, you made everyone smile no matter what you did. You were a man of integrity and honesty and you were REAL! You are missed but we know that God gained one amazing angel. Spread your wings as we will all look for you in the sky and our prayers! God Bless Eagle Family!

  • To the family : So sorry to hear of Lonnies passing it was an honor to work with him thru Galion council and the Freese Fountation he was always willing to help make things better for the youth of Galion he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to all his family. RIP Lonnie

  • Mrs Eagle, Eags, Trina, and family,

    I will forever be thankful for having Mr. Eagle as part of my life’s experience. Your family has been so kind to me and my family. For so many years, since childhood. This one hurts. I’m thinking about your family and praying for you all.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Lonnie was a wonderful man. Prayers for the family .

  • Thoughts and prayers to the Eagle family. Definitely a gentleman to admire, a friend to all, with a smile and a kind word.

  • Dear Friends & Family of Lonnie Eagle .. It was my privilege to call Lonnie Eagle a friend.. Lonnie was the poster child for class act…. I will miss our discussions on the 1948 Cleveland Indians, The 1985 Galion Tigers, local high school sports, the Browns & Buckeyes & the 1985 Galion High School Kazoo band… We all will remember Lonnie for being an outstanding & honest businessman, & an even better citizen of not only Galion, but all of North Central Ohio… Please know, that none of us will ever forget Lonnie Eagle.. Please accept our thoughts & prayers.. Sincerely, Davey & Joni Jones .. WQEL Radio

  • We are keeping you close to our hearts and saying prayers for you and your family. We will always remember Lonnie’s cheerful spirit and that beaming smile always welcoming to everyone he touched. He was the best example of how a man should live and share his life with others. We feel your loss as we are going through our own loss in our family. It hurts so much to let the good ones go. But it does mean we must carry on their loving and kind essences as we have others that we love and care for in this life.

    Lee Anne and Terry Shifley
    Herndon, VA

  • I will forever remember all the time spent with Lonnie at various functions for Kiwanis and around Galion. His messages on FaceBook to me about the Tribe and talks about his love of faith and family. Prayers to Ann, his children, grandchildren and to his many, many friends.

    Pete and Val Waite

  • To the Eagle Family:
    Your family and extend family is in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Lonnie was a great man, always had a smile on his face. Always took the time to shake a hand or to say hello. I was glad to have known him and the family!

    St. Clair Family
    Kit, Robin, Kyle & Kaden

  • Our thoughts prayers are with you and the family at this time. Lonnie was a very nice man. He treated everyone with respect and kindness. He will be missed. Julie Britton-Hollis and family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers to the Eagle family. He was a kind man with a smile on his face, who took time to talk to everyone. Lonnie cared and did so much for the Galion Community. He was a friendly neighbor. Heaven gained a good one.

    Gary and Cindy Sheffer

  • So sorry to hear of Lonnies passing. He was always thought of as a friend and he will. Be missed. Prayers for all of you

  • Todd and family,
    I am so sorry for your and the entire community’s loss. Sending prayers of peace.

  • I had met one of the great human beings in all of mankind when I met Lonnie Eagle. We worked together at Craig Smith Auto Group and Lonnie was a truly fun to be with both during work and pleasure. Thanks for the great memories Lonnie, you will be smiling down on us every time Patty and I hear Mannheim Steamroller.

    Remember a dual wheeled truck tends to be a little wider.

  • He lived his life in the service of others. A model for all Christians. RIP. Love and peace to all the family.

  • Cathy and I enjoyed knowing Lonnie. He was almost the first person to welcome us to the church in Galion. He will be missed by many people.

  • I am so very sorry. Lonnie’s smile, laughter, and encouragement were such a precious part of my growing up years in Galion. Praying for peace and encouragement for Ann, Tim, Todd, and Trina, as well as their families, in this painful time.

  • To the family of Lonnie Eagle,. We send heartfelt condolences. Lonnie will be missed for sure. He was a very kind and generous man. He gave of himself completely unselfishly. May you all feel the comfort and peace of God’s loving arms.
    Ted and Joyce Strutz

  • So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. Our sympathy to his family.

  • Lonnie will definitely be missed. He was humble, down to earth, upbeat, and friendly without fail. Our loss is heaven’s gain.

  • Our condolences to the entire Eagle family. During our short time in Galion we came to know and respect Lonnie and your family. Galion has lost a friend to all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • I will always remember Lonnie as a wonderful Christian friend. Lonnie and Ann and their special family were faithful active members of First United Methodist Church during my years as their pastor from 1976-1980.
    My sympathy and prayers are extended to the Eagle family.

    L. Mark George
    Sebring, Ohio

  • Lonnie was a great man as many have already said. I first met him when he was my teacher back in the 60s. Saw him at church regularly until He could no longer come- Even when he was struggling with his artificial leg What a trooper. He sat in the entrance of the church and greeted people even near the end. Will miss seeing his smiling face there. Thoughts and prayers to ann and family

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ann, Tim, Todd, Trina and the rest of the family. Lonnie was an inspiration to all who knew him. His warm smile and encouraging attitude brought joy and peace into the lives he touched. He will be forever missed and remembered by the Galion community and his church family.

  • Prayers and thoughts are with Ann and family. Lonnie truly was one of the most genuine people I know.

    Sorry for your loss,
    Sharon, Justin & Matthew

  • Our sincere condolences. Sara’s and my thoughts and prayers for Lonnie’s family and friends at this time. Lonnie was an inspiration to Sara and I as to how to live one’s life while being upbeat and positive. They simply don’t make them like Lonnie anymore. His kind manner and very friendly disposition were always on display. We all will miss him. May God bless you, Ann, and your family at this time.

  • He was a good guy and we knew him many years in many roles. So sorry for your loss. He’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marilyn & Don Burkholder

  • We were so sorry to read where Lonnie had passed away. We always appreciated his help at the Bank, and his kindness. And, he was always so pleasant. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Dreama and Loyd Caudill

  • Dear Ann and Children,
    No words can express our sadness upon hearing of Lonnie’s passing, He had such an uplifting spirit even though he had is own struggles. Your family was the first to welcome us to Hessenauer and back again on Belleflower, such wonderful neighbors and good friends. We will miss his banter at Wendy’s and friendly wave from his bike. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers and may your memories of Lonnie will carry you through this difficult time.
    Fondly, Carol and Charlie Clark

  • We were deeply saddened to learn of Lonnie’s passing. He was a wonderful person, valued friend and one of Ashland College’s favorite sons. God’s blessings to the Eagle Family. With Heart felt Sympathy, Ralph & Betty Jo Tomassi

  • Dear Ann and family,

    Larry and I want to express our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family during this time of loss. Lonnie was truly one of the best examples of community service expressed always in his outgoing and friendly manner. Our prayers are for God’s comforting presence for all of you and may your memories bring lasting peace and joy.

    Sincerely, Larry & Carolyn Grimes

  • Ann & family, I send along prayers for you at this sorrowful time. I have many great memories of Lonnie both at Ashland College & EHOVE. Many fine comments have already been made that I agree with and I will always remember his smile and friendliness.

  • Wishing you comfort and peace. Prayers for your whole family. Sincerely, Greg, Cynthia, Nate, Emma, Toby, and Bennett Ramsdell

  • Ann, I extend my love and sympathy to you and your family on the loss of Lonnie.
    What a wonderful man he was. May God give you comfort and peace during this
    difficult time.
    Lonnie will be missed immensely!

    Marty Duffey

  • Dearest Ann,
    I am so sorry to hear about Lonnie. What an
    Incredibly wonderful guy!!!!!!!!! We will pray
    that you and your family will find peace as you
    work your way through this time.
    With so much love,
    Jane Baker

  • Ann & Family,
    Lonnie was an awesome man and was very dear to me while growing up. I’m so saddened by his passing but I do realize that he is no longer in pain and is up in Heaven looking down on us all. I will never forget him for as long as I’m alive and I hope you all realize that he was very special to many of us who knew him. My thoughts are with you during this time. Thank you Ann, Todd & Trina for sharing your husband and father with me and all that knew him.

  • So sorry for your loss. Lonnie was a great man. Knew him many places over the years. Always a good guy. You’ll be in our thoughts and prayers.
    Marilyn & Don Burkholder

  • Ann, Todd , and Trina,

    So sorry for your loss! Words cannot express my feelings for you during this difficult time. The memories you will cherish of Lonnie will always be in your hearts. Know that God is always there to comfort you, and help you through each and every day.

    Sharon Powell

  • Ann, Todd, Shannon and all families and dear friends. What a sweet and powerful legacy Lonnie has left for your families and for all who knew him. We are so sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto him oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him may he rest in peace Amen

  • Ann, Todd, Trina and family, we hold you up as we pray for God’s peace that passes all understanding. We love Lonnie and we love all of you. I cannot think of a more kind uplifting man than Lonnie Eagle, his legacy shines bright in all of you. God bless