Edward Louis Yosses, a career cost accountant at the Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. whose values continued to inspire his children, died Tuesday in Swan Creek Retirement Village, where he lived for eight years. He was 91. Mr. Yosses, of South Toledo, was in declining health recently, said his son Bill, whose tenure as White House pastry chef spanned Bush and Obama administrations. Mr. Yosses told The Blade in 2007, as son Bill was named to the White House post by First Lady Laura Bush: "If he's on Cloud Nine now, he's not alone." His son Ed is a former city of Toledo law director who relocated to Colorado, and daughter, Mary Beth, of Portland, Ore., has been a trauma nurse and takes part in international medical-surgical efforts. "Dad was justly proud of her and my brother as well," said Bill, who left the White House in 2014. "My dad wanted to impart wisdom and principles and character to us. He never said to me, 'Go and accomplish great things.' He wanted us to be ladies and gentlemen. There wasn't anything cynical about it. "I'm always thrilled to come back to Toledo, where people do believe in those bedrock basic values and pass them on to their kids," he added. Mr. Yosses retired after 46 years at the former L-O-F. His father was a laborer in glass production. "My dad was really a Toledo booster," son Bill said. "He was proud of the tradition of glass and automotive support that Toledo was known for. He was definitely proud of that company, as it represented Toledo business and the economy of the region." Away from work, Mr. Yosses fished in Lake Erie, summer and winter. He and friends chartered planes to fish in remote northern Canada. His wife, Mary, was one of the first women to graduate from the Diocese of Toledo's lay ministry program.The couple made their own entertainment, joining bridge and investment and other clubs. "He was very socially active, as was my mom," son Bill said. He was born May 18, 1925, to Gertrude and Edward Michael Yosses. After graduating from Libbey High School, he enlisted in the Army during World War II. He served in the Air Corps on Guam as an airplane mechanic. He studied afterward at the University of Toledo and received a bachelor's degree in accounting. He and the former Mary Driscoll married on June 19, 1948. She died Nov. 11, 1994. Surviving are his son Ed and Bill Yosses; daughter, Mary Beth Yosses; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 10 a.m. Thursday at the Coyle Funeral Home, where services will be at noon Thursday. The family suggests tributes to Swan Creek Retirement Community and Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Contact Mark Zaborney at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-724-6182.
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