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Published: Thursday, 7/19/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Troop leader was devoted to Scouts, family says

BY CASEY SUMNER
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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Family members of Daniel L. Kretz, the Boy Scout troop leader found dead in his tent during a Scout camping event, remembered him as a family man and devoted to the Boy Scouts.

"He just loved the outdoors: anything to do with fishing, hunting, and camping," Mr. Kretz's oldest brother, Dave, 60, of Waterville said Wednesday.

"He's a down-to-earth guy that could be happy living in Camp Miakonda," he said, referring to a Boy Scout camp in the Toledo area. "It was a fitting way for him to go."

Mr. Kretz, 56, of Toledo was found dead Tuesday in his tent at Camp Frontier in Pioneer, Ohio, and likely died in his sleep, officials said. No foul play is suspected.

Mr. Kretz was the co-leader of Boy Scout Troop 222, which included his son, Stephen, an Eagle Scout who will be a senior this year at Toledo Technology Academy.

Family described Mr. Kretz as extremely proud of his sons Stephen and Kevin, who are both Eagle Scouts, as well as his son Tony, who served in the U.S. Air Force

"He was very loving of his family, and caring of his sons especially," Dave Kretz said.

The troop of about 12 boys was shaken by the loss, but resolved to finish their week at camp, said Ed Caldwell, Scout executive for Toledo's local Boy Scout organization. "Three of the boys said with tearful emotion that, 'We want to stay because Dan would want us to,' " he recalled.

Mr. Caldwell said the camp is providing counseling to the remaining campers, including medical services and access to the camp's chaplain. "We've got lots of resources of volunteers within our ranks. Another woman was a counselor by trade who volunteered."

He expressed gratitude for the number of people who volunteered to help. "At the scoutmaster meeting today, there was an outpouring of willingness to help. It's sort of the Scout way," he said.

Before moving to Toledo, Mr. Kretz served as aviation technician in the Navy during the Vietnam War era. He later trained as a heating-and-air conditioning specialist, and worked in that profession in Toledo.

Mr. Kretz's brother said his time in the Navy left a mark on him. "He was very conscientious of service, the military, and his role in the Navy," he said.

The Williams County Coroner's Office said autopsy results are pending. It did not release information about the cause of death.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Little Flower Catholic Church, 5562 Dorr St., the same church that sponsors Mr. Kretz's Boy Scout troop.

Camp Frontier in Ohio's far northwest corner hosts seven weeks of summer camp activities for the Boy Scouts of America. Campers live in tents for a week and can choose activities such as cooking, fishing, archery, mountain biking, rope climbing, swimming, and handicrafts, among others, Mr. Caldwell said.

Contact Casey Sumner at: csumner@theblade.com or 419-724-6084.



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