Harold “Tony” A. Tatgenhorst 71, of Madison Twp., Lisbon, died at 11:32 AM Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born on March 29, 1950, in Salem, the son of Robert S. and Sarah E. (Williams) Tatgenhorst.
Tony has been a lifetime area resident of Columbiana County. He graduated from East Liverpool High School in 1968 but also had attended Beaver Local Schools. His working career took him GM Lordstown plant fresh out of school. He was called away for almost two years by Uncle Sam to serve in the Army during the Vietnam War. He came home in 1971 to E. Liverpool and went back to work in Lordstown. In 2003 he took early retirement to enjoy life and family.
There were many hobbies Tony had over the years, but anything “old cars” ranked high in his life. He enjoyed going to the swap meets to look around and buy things. (needed or not) He was just out this month looking for some good deals. If the truth was known, he could have operated his own used part business from the home. He was also known to buy old cars for rebuilding with son Jim’s help. The Ford Vicky was one of many special cars to him. There was also a short time he operated his own used car lot.
He was one of his son’s biggest racing fans and attended many of his races. Young Tony raced at the Sharon Speedway (oldest dirt track still around) in Hartford, Ohio. He loved to travel every week to watch the races. He was present for his son’s first-place win for the series championship about a week ago.
The McDonald’s in Calcutta will never be the same without Tony. He was a faithful one to show up for breakfast in the morning with the “breakfast crew”. He was a member of the Glenmore American Legion Post #736 and the veteran's group at their winter home in Silver Springs, Fla.
Tony always made time for his family which was very important. They would get together to visit and have fun. You might even find them playing an innocent version of Texas Hold’em Poker. His time of relaxing also included playing bingo at the American Legion, a periodic fishing jaunt, but the old TV game shows and races were some of his favorite things to watch. I don’t think anyone will ever forget his ability to deliver those “one-liners”, it always got everyone going.
He is survived by the love of his life of 48 years, the former Carol Lynn Bratt whom he married on October 12, 1973, his children; James Anthony (Dawn) Tatgenhorst of Calcutta, Tammy Rae (Ben) Clark of Rogers and Anthony David (Jennifer Clutter) Tatgenhorst of Columbiana, the grandchildren; Jessica Ann and Adam James Tatgenhorst of Calcutta, siblings all of E. Liverpool; Bruce (Penny) Tatgenhorst, Loretta Lynn Long, Meredith (Lonny) Adkins and Sally (Larry) Bowers.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings; Robert and Steve Tatgenhorst, Rebecca Martin, stepbrother Ray Powell and two infants.
The family has chosen to not have services at this time. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem. Please leave a tribute at www.apgreenisenfh.com
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