JOHN QUILTER JR.
Surrounded by loving family and friends, John Francis Quilter Jr., age 70, of Perrysburg, passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital on Friday, June 22, 2018. John was born to Dorothy (Curran) Mae Quilter, and John “Jack” Quilter at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo on January 30, 1948. He was the third child of what was to be a family of six children. He attended St. Rose and Perrysburg Public Schools. John excelled in sports throughout his youth and in high school played baseball and football. He enjoyed these sports for the remainder of his life. John was popular and made friends easily. He was respected for being fair with everyone, and was very inclusive with even the most obscure students. During his senior year, he attended Penta County Joint Vocational School. This was the very first year of a revolutionary educational approach to the area youth, and it was an experience that stayed with John for the rest of his life. He majored in data processing which was the advent of the computer age, and went to junior college at Penta County for two years. In 1968, John volunteered for the draft, serving in the U.S. Army at Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, and Germany. He rose to the rank of sergeant, with an expertise in data processing and was company clerk. Upon discharge, John attended Bowling Green State University. He later became a construction manager, working in 12 major cities, culminating with the Boston Harbor water treatment facility, a $12 billion project that was a world class engineering achievement. He was, throughout his career, a very diligent, driven expert who understood the importance of the details in everyjob.In 2004, John returned to his family home in Perrysburg, and opened a bar/restaurant called “Herbie’s Place”–which was his nickname in high school– located in Haskins. After an accident in 2008, limiting his mobility, he sold the business and retired. John’s five siblings survive him: brother, Tim Quilter (Rennis) of New York City; sisters, Judith Hirth, Teresa (Nicolas Barakat), and Elizabeth Quilter, Lucinda Quilter, and several nieces and nephews. John will be remembered for his generous spirit and his love of philosophy. He enjoyed good conversations, and was always searching for the truth as in the great traditions of his favorite Russian authors. All who knew him will miss him. As per John’s wishes, his body was donated to UT Medical College.