Joseph “Joe” Inman, the first Lucas County Coroner’s Investigator, passed away Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Hospice of Northwest Ohio Inpatient Unit, Perrysburg. Joe was born June 27, 1939, in Toledo, OH, to parents Irving and Ann (Burrus) Inman. He graduated from Libby High School in 1957. Joe was proud to serve as a sworn Lucas County Deputy Sheriff. It was during his tenure as a deputy that the then Lucas County Coroner Dr. Harry F. Mingnerey decided, that due to the ever-increasing caseloads a full-time investigator was needed. Joe transitioned keeping his police powers, from sheriff’s office to coroners’ office. He was responsible to visit the site of any homicide, suicide, or accidental death in the county. Furthermore, to establishing procedures and protocols to coordinate with law enforcement, funeral homes, and hospitals, the criteria of cases that must be referred to the Coroner’s office. Many remain in use today. Joe retired from his position with Lucas County in 2001.
He loved traveling. One of Joe’s favorite destinations was Wyoming’s Chief Joseph Highway. From the time he was able to drive Joe enjoyed hot-rods and has enjoyed owning many during his life.
He is survived by his loving wife of more than 49 years, Cheryl (Staerker) Inman; their son Jeff (Tara) Inman; grandsons Cody (Chelsea) of Ottawa Lake, MI, Aaron, and Ethan Inman who are both currently serving with the United States Air Force. Sons Joey and Kevin Inman; brother Tom Inman; and special cousins David and Joe Burrus. He treasured the time spent with his children and grandchildren and was amazingly proud of all of them. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter Kimberly Gibb.
Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St. Sylvania, OH, Tuesday, January 11th from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. Joe’s family would like to thank the staffs of both the Kingston Care Center and the Hospice of Northwest Ohio for their loving care and support during this difficult time. Those wishing to offer memorials in Joe’s memory, in lieu of flowers, are asked to consider the Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Everyday Joe saw horrific sights and felt firsthand the sadness and terror that families feel when a loved one is senselessly lost. Through it all he never stopped caring or lost the ability to smile or tell a great story. The world is a better place because Joe was in it. Online condolences to reebfuneralhome.com
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