June 14, 1948 - May 20, 2007
NORWALK - Daniel Blake Izzard, 58, of Norwalk, died Sunday under the care of Stein Hospice of Sandusky after fighting many complications of juvenile diabetes.
He had been a life long resident of Norwalk up until about a year ago when due to his failing health he moved in with his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy and Joe Gibson of Castalia.
He was born June 14, 1948, to the late Wayne and Betty Izzard. As a child he was baptized and a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was involved with Boy Scout Troop No. 218 and became an Eagle Scout in 1965.
He was a 1965 graduate of Norwalk High School. Throughout his life he displayed character and honor indicative of that early training and discipline. When only a teenager he began working for the Kroger Co. and was employed by them in various departments for 19 years. Later he was employed by Tenneco.
He was an avid Cleveland Indians fan. He loved animals, bowling, golf, playing cards and shooting pool. He adored and was very proud of his children and loved having family barbecues and playing with his grandchildren. He had many fond memories of time spent with friends (especially his life long friend, Eddie Myers) at the Maple City Eagles Aerie No. 711, of which he had been a member for many years.
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Tracy and Joe Gibson of Castalia and Kerry and Sean Steffanni of Norwalk; a son, Danny Izzard and fianc Tamie Brunner; a sister, Diana Kennedy-Olar and Roger of Mansfield; 12 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and ex-wife and friend, Mary Jean Izzard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne A. (1965) and Betty (Hamer) Izzard (1985); sisters, Daryl Ann (1973), Debra (1976), and Della (2000); a brother, Dennis (1990); and his dog, Shadow.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, followed by a private family service at the request of the decedent.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.