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
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
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
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithcrates.com