Thomas J. Hug, 86, of Norwalk died in his home Monday, March 1, 2010, after an extended illness.
He was born Feb. 2, 1924, in Cleveland, son of the late Otto and Edith (Widman) Hug and moved to Norwalk shortly after his birth and was a life long resident. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Gfell.
He graduated from St. Paul High School in 1942 and attended the University of Dayton on a partial scholarship. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1942 and served in the 102nd (Ozarks) Infantry Division as vehicle mechanic in the European Theater of Operations. He was wounded in action in January 1945, made a full recovery and was honorably discharged in March 1946. He was awarded the Purple Heart and several other medals. He then returned to the University of Dayton and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in June 1950 before returning to work full time for A.J. Baltes heavy highway construction company in Norwalk, where he had worked part time since 1940.
In May of 1951 he left A.J. Baltes and founded Hug Concrete Paving, now known as Oglesby Construction. While in business, he was an active member of the Ohio Contractors Association and served as a member of the board of directors as well as the Labor Executive Committee. In 1967 he was a member of the committee for negotiations with the Cement Mason’s Union, and in 1972 he chaired the contractors committee for statewide negotiations with the Laborers International Union of North America. He also served as a member and chaired many lesser committees. In addition to his official capacities with the OCA and his own construction company, he served on the Board of Directors of the Huron County Bank, now known as National City Bank, for 14 years.
He retired from business in 1984 and pursued his hobby of woodworking, where he designed and built his highly coveted “Famous Tom Hug Jewelry Boxes,” most of which were donated to church and public charity events. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Catholic Parish where he also served on various committees, including the finance and building committees.
In the meantime, he married Lois Fisher of Norwalk in 1948. After 62 wonderful years together, he also leaves behind nine children, Katheryn Hug of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Barbara (Hug) and husband Frank Schnellinger of Norwalk, John Hug of Norwalk, Steven and wife Julie (Hemm) Hug of Norwalk, Mary Anne (Hug) and husband David Heyman of Fort Collins, Colo., Lisa Hug of San Francisco, Donald Hug of Los Angeles, Magdelan (Hug) and husband Keith Eberly of Erie, Pa., and Joseph Hug of Sandusky. In addition, he leaves behind 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He will be missed.
Friends may call from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, where the Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. The Rev. Frank Kehres will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to F.C.E.D.O., 91 E. Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857 or to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared with the family at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.