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Daniel Sabo, 72, of Bellevue passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at The Bellevue
Hospital. He was born May 3, 1951, in Bellevue, the son of Charles and Virginia
Dan graduated from Bellevue High School in 1969 and Bowling Green State University
in 1973, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He spent his entire career
as an elementary school teacher in the Bellevue School District, teaching 5th and 6th
grades at Lyme and Ellis elementary schools.
Dan wore his passion for Bellevue High School Athletics on his sleeve. He kept the
scorebook for Redmen basketball for two decades, ran the scoreboard and announced
lineups for the Lady Red volleyball team for several years, and for the past 34 years,
was a member of the Redmen varsity football stat squad. Along with his father, siblings,
and brother-in-law Bill Myers, Dan was the inaugural recipient of the Big Red Service
Award for the Redmen Athletic Hall of Fame. He also coached Redmen football and
basketball in his early years as an elementary teacher.
He was a Class 1 Registered Track & Field, along with Cross Country official for the past 49
Years, for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, working countless local, area,
district, regional and state meets and events along the way. He was a track & field
starter for three decades and for the past two years, he was a member of the shot put
officiating crew at the State Track Meet at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the
campus of The Ohio State University. In 2020, Dan received a Contributor Award from
the Ohio Track & Field and Cross-Country Officials Association – for his many
contributions to the sports and his mentoring of many young and new officials over the
years. He was also a Past President of the Bellevue Area Track & Field Officials
Dan treasured the relationships he built through his officiating and BHS Athletics
involvement, and was quick to acknowledge the success of his team’s competitors and
their supporters, even in the most bitter of rivalries. He was a natural caretaker for
family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, often by surprise or without being asked.
In his free time, Dan loved sharing food recipes with others (especially clam linguine,
one of his favorites), playing cards with friends and family, volunteering at Fish &
Loaves Food Pantry, spending time at Anytime Fitness with his “crew,” following The
Ohio State University Buckeyes football team, listening to music (often on repeat),
attending concerts, and camping with his wife. He was a member of Immaculate
Conception Parish where he was a past lector and assigner of lectors and a member of
the This Man is You focus group, Bellevue Eagles Aerie 490, and was a past member of
Bellevue Elks Lodge 1013, the Club Amer-Ital and Bellevue Knights of Columbus
Council 752. For many years, Dan was a member of the City of Bellevue Recreation
and Parks staff, and for the past four years he has been employed by Foos & Foos Funeral Service and
Forget-Me-Not Flower Shop.
Dan is survived by his wife: Angela “Angie” (Olsen) Sabo whom he married May 9, 2009
at Grace Community Church in Fremont; children with former spouse Diane: Denise
(Mike) Brenner, Derek (Betsy) Sabo and Dustin (Sarah) Sabo; step-children: Ryan
Rathbun, Katie (Nate) Battelline, Cara (Evan) McNichols and James (Cheyenne)
Rathbun; Grandchildren: Dax, Case, and Brock Sabo, Natalie, Chase and Cody
Battelline, Levi and Calvin McNichols, Neely and Noelle Rathbun; brothers, David
(Ginny) Sabo, and Dennis (Pam) Sabo; sisters, Deborah (Bill) Myers and Diane (Mike)
Hevel; many cousins, nieces, nephews, and special aunt, Edith Morfier. His constant
four-legged companions, Henry J. and Oscar, will miss his presence.
Dan is preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 2-7 p.m. at Foos & Foos
Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue. To honor Dan, and since he wore
shorts pretty much year-around, his family requests that those attending the calling
hours wear shorts, and either Bellevue Redmen or Ohio State attire as Dan’s two
favorite sayings were “Think Red” and “Go Bucks!” The funeral Mass will begin at 11
a.m. on Wednesday, August 2, 2023 at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center
Street, Bellevue, with the Rev. Msgr. Charles Singler (St. Rose, Perrysburg) and
Reverend Father Albert J. Beltz officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Bellevue Gridiron
Association, 419 Euclid Ave, Bellevue, OH 44811 or The Bellevue Education
Association Scholarship Fund, 125 North St., Bellevue, OH 44811.
Memories and condolences may be shared at foosfuneral.com.