Lulu (Lu) J. Damschroder, 97, of Fremont, OH passed away peacefully on March 2, 2021 in Fremont surrounded by her loving sons. Her joy for life and family as well as her indomitable spirit were evident throughout her remarkable life. She was born on February 19, 1924 in Ballville Township, the daughter of Harold and Jennie (Swanger) Hufford. Lu graduated from Jackson Burgoon High School in 1941, as valedictorian of her class, and she subsequently attended Davis Business College in Toledo. Lu was an FAA licensed commercial pilot.
Lu married Eugene (Gene) Edward Damschroder on February 14, 1945 in Corpus Christi, TX where Gene was in the U. S. Navy pilot training program during WW II. They lived most of their married life in Sandusky County and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1995. She and Gene were founding owners and managed the Fremont Airport for over four decades.
Lu was a long-time and faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Abigail Circle; 4-H (Advisor); Ninety-Nines (an international organization of women pilots); Soroptimist International; Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center; and Daughters of the American Revolution. Over the decades, Lu enjoyed international travel with Gene to many countries on five continents and even traveled twice around the world. She also enjoyed volunteering, gardening, reading, knitting, and bird watching. Hosting her family and friends was a special delight for Lu. She was an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
Lu is survived by her five devoted children, Bonnie (R. Kirk) Jones, Keswick, VA; Annette (Ron) Williams, Lowell, AR; Cheri (Paul Dulin) Damschroder, Las Cruces, NM; Rex (Rhonda) Damschroder, Fremont, OH; and David (Melissa) Damschroder, also of Fremont, OH. Lu has eleven much-loved grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Gene; sisters, Emerald Henderson and and Violet Hurst, both of Fremont; and brother, Harold Hufford, Jr.
A private graveside service for immediate family will be held at Elmore-Harris Cemetery, Elmore, OH.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund at 212 North Clover Street, Fremont, OH 43420.
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Arrangements are entrusted to Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, Fremont, OH.
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