AUSTINTOWN - Todd E. Windhorst, 62, formerly of Akron, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at his home.
He was born June 18, 1950, in Pittsburgh, the son of Walter and Dorothy Windhorst.
Todd was a loving husband and father with a passion for sports. He was a sports official for Portage County Basketball, Summit Umpires, greater Akron Volleyball, Youngstown sports, as well as on the state level and was formerly the director of operations for Roy Hobbs Baseball in Akron.
He received many awards over the years for his work in athletics, but his biggest award was mentoring young sports officials. His greatest love was for his family, especially his grandchildren who he was affectionately known as "papa" or "poppy."
He will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Laurie Gillam, whom he married Sept. 2, 2009; a son, Brian (Maureen Fulton) Windhorst of New York; a daughter, Kristen (Jeff) Sparks of Dayton; three stepchildren, Josh Pytlik of Austintown, Kate (Lenny) Davis of Austintown and Jake (Katherine) Pytlik of Oklahoma; two sisters, Lynn Gagetta and Joan Jackson, both of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Cody, Julianna, Taylor and Brooklyn; many nieces and nephews; a grandchild on the way; and his dog, Skippy.
Todd was preceded in death by his brother, Walter Windhorst Jr., and his parents.
Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m.
Arrangements are entrusted to Lane Family Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel.
Family and friends can send condolences at www.lanefuneralhomes.com.