Dwight Leroy High
Dwight Leroy High
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Dwight Leroy High, 76, of Punta Gorda, Florida, formerly of Van Wert, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly in his home Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Dwight was born Oct. 28, 1943, in Kenton, Ohio. He was the cherished son of the late Dorris Joseph and Erma Mae (Van Buskirk) High. He was blessed with two loving women in his life. On April 24, 1965, he married the late Janet Eileen Conkle, who passed on Nov. 18, 2005. On Jan. 30, 2017, he married Gloria Louise Doty of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who survives.

He was a beloved father to Michael (Deborah) of Lillington, North Carolina, Kevin (Kari) of Orange County, California, and Jason (Jeneane) of Van Wert, Ohio, and stepfather to Kirk (Diane) Doty of South Whitley, Indiana, Kaylynn (Brian) Bolinger of Leesburg, Indiana, Kari (Jim) Shockley of Waller, Texas, Kendra Wheeler of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Kalisha Doty of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was a doting grandfather to Korey (Angel) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Nicholas of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and step grandfather to 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was a wonderful brother to Delores (Dean) Sherman of Fredericktown, Ohio, Marvin, Glenn (Joan) High of Lexington, Ohio, Ruth (Wayne) Miller of Cary, North Carolina, and Keith (Micki) High of New Hill, North Carolina. He was a wonderful uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Brothers Marvin and Glenn preceded him in death.

Dwight had a great laugh, a great smile and if you were blessed to have known him, he cherished you as a friend.

Dwight lived in Kenton until he was 10 years old. His family moved to Mount Gilead in April of 1953 and he graduated from Mount Gilead High School in the class of 1961. In 1962, he joined the Ohio National Guard. When he completed his training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he worked various jobs until he found his life passion. On April 3, 1968, he joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He started his 27-year-long career at the Marion Patrol Post and transferred to Upper Sandusky. He was a resident trooper at both locations. He received a promotion to sergeant and was transferred to Van Wert where he remained serving until he retired on June 27, 1995.

After Dwight retired he worked at Otis Write Trucking Company as a safety director, Vantage Career Center as a teacher assistant, Jobs for Ohio (JOG) teaching classes to youth that were released from youth prisons and helping young pregnant women to obtain their GED’s. He was a bus driver for Van Wert County Schools and a substitute for Parkway Schools.

Dwight was one of the founders of the Van Wert Baseball Parents Association and was the president of the organization for seven years. He accomplished having Van Wert become an official member of the Little League of America and the Pony League became part of the Senior League program. He created the Gold Medal Invitational and he worked hard to get a baseball diamond for the children and succeeded. When he was president you could always find him helping with the concessions, announcing games, keeping score, working on the diamond or putting up a fence.

Dwight loved the Van Wert County Fair and everything about it. He served for 12 years on the Van Wert Fair Board from 1994 to 2005, serving two terms as vice president and two terms as president. Dwight also raised, bred and sold prized winning Toggenburg and LaMancha dairy goats. His wife Janet and their boys traveled to county fairs and state fairs where he showed dairy goats in many parts of the United States. He was a long time and proud member of The American Dairy Goat Association.

A celebration of Dwight’s life will be held on Jan. 25, 2020, at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds (Junior Fair Building), 1055 S. Washington St., Van Wert, Ohio. A private gathering for immediate family will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., public gathering will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., memorial service from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Following the memorial service, The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Van Wert Post 81 will be escorting Dwight on his final ride to the IOOF Cemetery, 6200 Township Highway 176 in Convoy, Ohio. Dwight will be honored as a veteran of the Army Ohio National Guard with a graveside service with Honor Guards from the American Legion, Van Wert Post 178.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials to ohiocops.org.