A graveside service will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. in Smithville Cemetery, Smithville, with pastor Jeff Messner officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.
Calling hours will be at Ashland University George Donges Baseball Field, Katherine Avenue, Ashland, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, on the campus of Ashland University.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that friends may make a donation to the Lou Markle Memorial Baseball Fund, in care of Ashland University, 401 College Ave., Ashland 44805, in his memory.
Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville is assisting the family. Online expressions and guest book registry are available at www.gresserfuneralhome.com.
He was born Aug. 13, 1929 in Smithville, the son of Everett and Mary (Gray) Markle, and married Shirley J. Knotts on Aug. 2, 1958. She preceded him in death on May 9, 2000.
Lou attended Smithville schools, graduated and went on to Ashland College where he played varsity baseball and basketball and completed his undergraduate degree in education. He taught high school at Dalton and Wadsworth and completed his master's degree at Kent Sate University. He then became an instructor of physical education at Ashland University, and during his tenure at Ashland, was an assistant basketball coach under Bill Musselman and head baseball coach for 18 years.
Lou was an accomplished athlete and coach. He was a member of Wayne County Hall of Fame and Ashland College Hall of Fame, played professional baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, was a regional scout for the Florida Marlins, coached at Dalton and Wadsworth High Schools, Ashland University and coached American Legion summer baseball in Wadsworth, fielding many good teams and players.
He was also an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed traveling throughout the Midwest pheasant hunting and spring mushroom hunting. He co-founded the P & M (Peterman & Markle) Hunt Club in Coshocton County. In addition, he was a member of the American Legion and served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War.
Surviving are sons, Douglas and Kevin Markle; grandchildren, Brooke and Logan Markle; and a sister, Pat Peterman of Rittman.
Lou was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Markle; and his parents, Everett and Mary Markle.