Thomas D. Gottwald, age 81, of Bryan, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at Evergreen Healthcare Center, Montpelier, Ohio. Tom was the Human Resources Manager at Johns-Mansville in Defiance, Ohio, with more than 30 years of service. After his retirement, he was a teacher. Tom was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Bryan and was a life member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Defiance. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially mowing his lawn. He also enjoyed playing cards with his family.
Thomas D. Gottwald was born on December 28, 1938, in Defiance, Ohio, the son of Thomas and Carolyn (Goller) Gottwald. Tom graduated from Defiance High School and Defiance College, where he also played basketball. He married Judith M. Hench on April 21, 2012, in West Unity, Ohio, and she survives.
Thomas is also survived by his sons, Tommy (Suzy), Michael (Theresa), Christopher (Rebecca) and David (Kelly); stepchildren, Jeff (Aimee), Suzie (Jeff), Sheri (Scott) and Michelle; 21 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Carol Spielberger; and his former spouse, Karan Gottwald. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the family will receive friends while observing social distancing precautions. The family requests visitors use masks in accordance with state mandates. Anyone showing any symptoms of illness are asked to please share their condolences by a phone call, email, text message, or leaving a condolence at the funeral home website.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at St. Patrick Catholic Church followed by a celebration of Mass at 11:00 A.M. with Reverend Andrew Wellmann officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Defiance. Arrangements have been entrusted to Krill Funeral Service, 860 West Mulberry Street, Bryan.
Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church or the family.