Roger Hoiles Obituary (1942 – 2022) – Bowling Green, Ohio

By Nancy Gagnet
Writer of Blade Staff

Roger Tim Hoiles, a devoted community member, avid supporter of Elmwood athletics and former mayor of Wayne Village, a rural community southeast of Bowling Green, died Thursday at his home. He was 79.

He had a failing liver and circulatory problems, and his health rapidly deteriorated, his son Matt Hoiles said.

Mr. Hoiles was drawn to community leadership roles when he was elected mayor of Wayne Village in 1978, serving one term in office. While serving as mayor, he was also elected to the Elmwood Board of Education, serving two terms from 1980 to 1988.

“He was active in many different things in and around the community,” said the younger Mr. Hoiles. “My mom and dad were people who knew there had to be someone in charge, and that’s where Dad really excelled. He was level-headed and open to change, and he was always willing to be that man.”

Mr. Hoiles was involved in youth sports, serving as president of Elmwood Little League and then on the Elmwood Athletic Boosters with his wife. The couple rarely missed seeing their children compete in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball and track and field. Their son Chris Hoiles went on to play professional baseball, first with the Detroit Tigers in 1986 and then with the Baltimore Orioles from 1989 to 2000.

After Mr Hoiles stopped being actively involved with the boosters, he continued to attend competitions, his son said.

Mr. Hoiles was born in Carey on March 12, 1942 and at a very young age his family moved to the village of Wayne where he spent his formative years. He was a member of the Elmwood High School class of 1960, the first class to graduate when it was built to serve students from the Wayne, Bloomdale, Cygnet and Portage areas, his son said. It was during his senior year of high school that he met Carol Sue Feltman, whom he married on June 2, 1962.

Mr. Hoiles and his wife settled in Wayne, where they bought his childhood home and raised their children. She died in 2018.

Mr. Hoiles holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toledo and spent 57 years as a boiler inspector for several companies, including Cincinnati Insurance and Travelers Insurance.

He was a member of the Mount Zion Church, where he was a board member and Sunday School teacher. He also served as Boy Scout leader for Wayne Troop 317. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting in various parts of the country.

“He was true to his belief in treating people the right way, and I think that’s why people really clung to Dad,” said Matt Hoiles. “When Dad spoke, he had great wisdom and he was just a great guy to talk to. People loved being around him and they knew that whatever help Dad could give, they would get it. “

Surviving his daughter Kim Rothenbuhler; sons Chris Hoiles and Matt Hoiles; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visit is scheduled for Monday from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Dunn Funeral Home at 408 W. Wooster St. in Bowling Green with a private funeral taking place at Mount Zion Cemetery in Wayne.

Tributes may be given in memory of the Wayne Public Library or the Elmwood Athletic Fund.

Published by The Blade on January 24, 2022.

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