John Lawrence 'JL' Twells, Feb. 27, 1934-May 20, 2010

Sep 2, 2015

John Lawrence "JL" Twells, 76, of Huron passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, at his home by the shores of Lake Erie.

Born Feb. 27, 1934, he is survived by his beloved wife, F. Lee Ann (Graham), also a 1952 Fostoria High School graduate; daughter, Linda; sons, John Jr. and Robert; and brothers, Douglas and Richard.

Well-known in manufacturing and distribution circles as a turnaround specialist, he established or invigorated national programs at many companies, including, Waukesha Engine (Speedi Parts); Otis/Baker Material Handling (BeavR); and Amweld (No. 1 Amweld Service). His leadership and marketing abilities saved countless jobs and drove corporate sales and profits to record levels. In the 1980 annual issue of Sales & Marketing Magazine, he was named as one of the top three sales and marketing executives in the country. After retiring from a 40-year career in industry, he led a skilled trades program (Sandusky Adult Education) that offered 35 types of apprenticeships. John was a firm believer in education and had three degrees in business, BBA, MBA and DBA.

He joined the U.S. Army and proudly served our country as a special agent for the Criminal Investigation Division after receiving a BBA from the University of Toledo. His business career began with the Autolite Spark Plug Company, a firm his father (Robert) established in 1935.

John was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, VFW, American Legion, AMVETS, Rotary International, Lions Club, Society of Automotive Engineers, Steel Door Institute (former president), Construction Specifications Institute, Erie County Republican Club, Tau Kappa Epsilon and the Toledo Yacht Club.

Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday in Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky; the service will begin at 11 a.m. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Zion Lutheran Church, Sandusky, or Diabetes Research Fund 400-625 at the University of Toledo Foundation.

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