EAST PALESTINE - Todd T. Herron, 50, sunrise: Nov. 24, 1962; sunset: April 29, 2013. Todd passed away Monday evening, April 29, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer, with his wife and sons by his side.
He was born Nov. 24, 1962, in Warren, a son of Thomas F. and M. Jane Sowers Herron.
He was a 1981 graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School and a 1986 graduate of Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. He attended Youngstown State University and Xavier University, and dedicated his life to his family and the community, serving the tri-county area for more than 25 years as a funeral director and embalmer.
He was a member of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association; a past board member and past chairman of the Board of Directors for Hospice of the Valley; a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason - Valley of Cambridge; a volunteer for Boy Scouts of America for 14 years, starting as a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 14 of East Palestine to Boy Scout Troop 119 of New Springfield, currently serving as committee chair and personally helping six young men attain Eagle rank - including two sons - five of whom he started with as Tiger Cubs. He was a role model to many young men in the family and community.
He is a licensed ordained reverend in Ohio; a lifelong member of the church his grandmother, the Rev. Elizabeth Sowers, started - the First Church of God in Newton Falls - a current member of the New Springfield Church of God; a former OHSAA umpire; and former president, board member and coach for East Palestine Youth Sports Association.
He loved to laugh and make others laugh. The most important thing in the world to Todd was his family, friends and being there for anyone who needed him, even if it meant going without for himself. He often worked long hours, giving peace and comfort to many as a lasting memory of their loved one with his expert embalming skills.
He was a wonderful husband, father and friend who was loved and cherished and will be missed by many.
Besides his mother of Warren and stepfather, John Guerriero, he leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Brenda Jo Clawson Herron, the love of his life, whom he married Sept. 12, 1985; two amazing sons, Steven Thomas and Samuel Remo; his future daughter-in-law, Crystal; grandson, Anthony; a brother, Keith Herron of San Diego; three sisters, Rita (Dave) Kauffman of Atglen, Pa.; Michele (James) Peace of Newton Falls and Brenda Hoostal of Warren; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Thomas and Donna Clawson of Pleasantville, Pa.; four brothers-in-law, Tom (Bobbee) of Toledo, Mel (Robbin) of North Jackson, Joseph (Betsy) and Michael (Dallas), all of Columbus; and two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Doug) of Warren and Rosemarie of Columbiana; many nephews and nieces and great-nephews and great-nieces; four uncles, the Rev. Austin (Bonnie) Sowers of Dayton and Eugene, James and Kenneth Herron, all of Warren; and many cousins.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by two uncles, Glenn and Vernon Sowers; three aunts, Edythe Daniels, the Rev. Lillie McCutcheon and Dorothy Armand; and three nephews, Patrick, Thomas and Andrew.
Calling hours will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Warrick-Kummer-Rettig Funeral Home, Columbiana, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the New Springfield Church of God, New Springfield, where the funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday with Pastor Alan Leach officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Todd's name to Hope Lodge 11432, Mayfield Road, Cleveland, OH 44106, or Holy Family Hospice, 6707 State Road, Cleveland, OH 44134.
''A special thank you to everyone at the Cleveland Clinic and to Holy Family Hospice and to all our family and friends who gave their love and support during Todd's illness.
''A special message from Todd to all who loved him (from the Trace Adkins song): 'If the sun comes up / Without me tomorrow / You'll be fine / Just let it shine on you.'"
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