Don Lee Cousino

Born: Tue., Oct. 11, 1932
Died: Thu., Oct. 13, 2011


2:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tue., Oct. 18, 2011
Location: Freck Funeral Chapel

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Wed., Oct. 19, 2011
Location: Freck Funeral Chapel

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Don Lee Cousino, 79, of Curtice, Ohio passed away suddenly, on Thursday, October 13, 2011.  He was born, October 11, 1932 in Oregon, Ohio to Leo and Mary (Reihle) Cousino.  Don graduated from Clay High School in 1950.  He served as an Army sergeant in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954. He drove for several trucking companies before retiring from Lucas County Engineers in 1997.  Everything he did he gave 110% from weightlifting, ping pong, soft ball, raising field trial beagles, fishing and hunting.

He was very active in coaching baseball, football, basketball and wrestling. His home garage was open daily to anyone interested in working out with weights. The only rule that he had was “no goofing around.” Over the last 46 years he has had hundreds of athletes from many area schools train in the garage. Many who have gone on to play for college and professional teams. Don was inducted into the Toledo Weight Lifting Hall of Fame in 1991, and won several weight lifting titles from the fifties to the late sixties, including “Mr. Toledo.” Don was a member of Christ Dunberger Post #537 and Local V.F.W. Post #9816.

Don is survived by his loving wife and high school sweetheart of 57 years his special angel, Jill (Rideout) Cousino; sons, Jeffery “Jethro” (Donna), Doug (Sue), Greg “Tiny” (Angie) Cousino; daughter, Bonnie (Steve) Petroff; loving grandchildren, Joshua, Jessica Cousino, Aaron Cousino, Justin (Rachel), Darcee, Corey (Elizabeth), Alex Cousino, Austin Petroff, Micheal, Zach and Coty Dufendock as well as four great-grandchildren, Aaleina, Ava, Clara, Lilliana. Also surviving are his sister, Pat (Earl) Weidner, sisters-in-laws, Dorothy (Bill) Leonhardt and Carol (Wayne) Allen; 12 nieces and nephews and his loyal pet companion, Moe. He will also be missed by Joe Slagle and Pete Bolanis, very dear friends that were with him every step of the way, and many many more dear friends. Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Kroeger; parents, Leo and Mary Cousino and father and mother-in-law, Ray and Dorothy Rideout.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the Cleveland Clinic for there professional and loving care.

Friends may visit Freck Funeral Chapel, 1155 S. Wynn Rd. in Oregon, on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 from 2 to 8 p.m. where Legion services will be held at 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to his family.

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Ruth Schaefer Macon & Brett Auer
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011
Please accept our heartfelt sorrow and condolences to the entire Cousino family.

The Connor Family
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011
Your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.

Anne Phillips
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011
Hi Jill
I've been thinking of you since mom called me. Wish I could be there to give you a hug. Had many funny memories on him growing up. Tiny, Jeff, Doug and Bonnie you're in my thoughts and prayers.

Jeff Helle
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011

Mom just called me and I wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you and your family.

Carol Bailey Abbey
   Posted Sat October 22, 2011
My parents (Joan and Dick Bailey) knew your dad..although I always heard him called "Donnie." I think they were in school together at Clay and my dad was also in the Korean War, around 1950. I know this has to be a very sad time for the Cousino family. My dad died 3 years ago and my mom diesd in Sept 2011. Based on the obituary, it sounds like your dad was a great guy..they just don't make them like that anymore. althought we have never met.. still thinking of the family at this sad time.

Jim & Maryjo (Heintschel) Freimark
   Posted Fri October 28, 2011
Jill and family,

Heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Sometimes we don't understand but have to trust the Lord. Just remember that Don is in a much better place with no worries or pain. Find comfort in friends and family that will be there for all your needs.

(Aunt) Linda Verkennes
   Posted Tue November 01, 2011
Bonni and Family: A couple of weeks aga, I read the news article about Austin's weight training program with his grandfather, and today I read his grandfather's obituary. How foutunate was Austin to have spent such quality time with such a quality person. I will enjoy watching Austin as he follows in his grandfather's footsteps as an athlete and a man. If he is anything like his grandfather, he will excel at both. Bonnie and Steve, I know you will both miss him terribly and Austin, I know your heart is broken. My thoughts and prayes are with you all as you endure the difficult days ahead. Drawing closer to God and to each other will help you hearl. Tell stroies about him, laugh when you can and cry when you need to. Talk with him. Remember, just because he is not present physically does not mean that he cannot hear you. Austin, every time you brack a record and even when you don't, you will hear your grandfather's proud voice saying, "Well Done." I love you.

Kim Youster
   Posted Tue November 01, 2011
Jeff and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. I lost my dad 5 years ago. Always talk about him and keep his memories alive. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God be with you and your family at this difficult time

Ypur long time friend,
Kimmie Campbell

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