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Glenn E. Sherman, a civil engineer and former executive vice president of France Stone Co., died July 18 in Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was 86.
Mr. Sherman’s health had deteriorated since he suffered two strokes in 2010, his wife, Betty, said.
Mr. and Mrs. Sherman moved to northwest Ohio in 1986 after Koppers bought France Stone. Mrs. Sherman said her husband was sent to Toledo to run the France Stone section of the business and was in charge of 11 quarries. He retired in 1992.
He also was president of the Buffalo Slag Co. in Buffalo and of the National Slag Association.
“There wasn’t really anything about road materials that he didn’t know about,” Mrs. Sherman said. “He knew about the good ones and the ones that weren’t so good, and he could spot a road right away that was not done correctly.”
Mr. Sherman raised five children as a single parent in the 1960s in Buffalo after his first wife, Jean, died of cancer. The children were all younger than 11 when they lost their mother, Mr. Sherman’s son Paul said.
His son said his father tried to raise his children as self-confident, independent thinkers with strong moral convictions.
“He was both our mother and our father and did just an outstanding job on it,” he said. “He never did anything halfway. He made sure that all of his kids weren’t handicapped by the fact that we had a single-parent home, which of course, back in the ’60s, that was unusual.”
Mr. Sherman was a devout Catholic who served the Catholic Charities of Buffalo as the corporate gifts chairman and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus for 62 years. He was also a member of the American Legion and Rotary Club of Toledo.
Born Dec. 27, 1926, in Buffalo, he attended Dartmouth University and Colgate University, and received an engineering degree from the University of Detroit.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Betty; sons, Paul and Tom Sherman; daughters, Barbara Cutrona, MaryEllen Dolan and Diane Sherman; stepsons, William Dyer Liddle III, and Spencer Liddle; stepdaughter, Margaret Upton; sister, Jean Sherman, and 15 grandchildren.
A memorial Mass is set for 10:30 a.m. Monday in the Historic Church of Saint Patrick. The family suggests contributions to restoration of the church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg.
Contact Sam Gans at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6516.
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