Surrounded by his family and friends and under the care of Stein Hospice of Sandusky, Daniel Blake Izzard, 58, passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007, after fighting many complications of juvenile diabetes.
He had been a life-long resident of Norwalk, up until about a year ago when, due to his failing health, he moved in with his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Joe Gibson of Castalia.
Dan was born June 14, 1948, the son of Wayne and Betty Izzard, now deceased. As a child he was baptized and a member of First United Methodist Church where he was involved with Boy Scout Troop 218 and became an Eagle Scout in 1965. Throughout his life he displayed character and honor indicative of that early training and discipline. When only a teenager he began working for the Kroger Co. and was employed by them in various departments for 19 years. Later he was employed by Tenneco. He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1965. Dan was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He loved animals, bowling, golf, playing cards and shooting pool. He adored and was very proud of his children and loved having family barbecues and playing with his grandchildren. He had many fond memories of time spent with friends (especially his life long friend, Eddie Myers) at the Maple City Eagles Aerie 711, of which he was a member for many years.
He leaves to mourn his passing two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy and Joe Gibson of Castalia and Kerry and Sean Steffanni of Norwalk; one son, Danny Izzard, and his fiance, Tamie Brunner; one sister, Diana (Roger) Kennedy-Olar and of Mansfield; 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and ex-wife and friend, Mary Jean Izzard.
He was preceded in death by both parents, Wayne A. (1965) and Betty (Hamer) Izzard (1985); three sisters, Daryl Ann (1973), Debra (1976) and Della (2000); one brother, Dennis (1990); and his beloved dog, Shadow. Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. Norwalk, followed, at the request of the decedent, by a private family service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.