Albert Lloyd Tennyson, 81

Published 2:13 pm Friday, December 1, 2023

Albert Lloyd Tennyson, age 81, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at his home in Defiance.

He was born on September 13, 1942 to Clifford and Mary (Minton) Tennyson in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Al found love and companionship with Cheryl Tuohy. They were devoted to each other for forty years and happily married for thirty years.

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Albert came to Ohio in 1963 to make a better life for his family. After high school graduation Al attended Defiance College. He was hired in at Zeller Corporation in April of 1963 as a drop forge hammer operator. Soon after, he became involved in the union being selected steward, committeeman and later shop chairman.  In 1978 Al was hired with the International United Auto Worker’s, representing Region 2-B in Northwest Ohio. He negotiated contracts for many union workers throughout NW Ohio. Shortly after his retirement from the UAW in 1998, he started selling cars for Indoor Auto Mart and then became sole owner in 2010. In addition to owning Indoor Auto Mart, Al invested in many businesses over his lifetime including Tennyson & Tennyson Trucking Co. with his father, and Tennyson Auto Sales with his brother.

In his spare time Al was an avid pool player and a member of the Maumee Valley Pool Leagues. He was a car enthusiast who attended the Annual Auburn Car Auction in Indiana for many years. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and watching his grandchildren in their many school events.

Albert is survived by his loving wife Cheryl Tennyson of Defiance, three daughters; Cindy (John) Stever of Englewood, FL, Trisha (Brad) Schlachter, and Kelly (Aaron) Hopson, all of Defiance, his grandchildren; Victoria Stever of Englewood, FL, Ethan (Haley) Schlachter of Findlay, OH, Logan (fiancé Audree) Schlachter of Toledo, OH, Tyson Schlachter, Alex Hopson and Konnor Hopson, all of Defiance, Dhari Lantow and Davey (Chelsea) Lantow, all of Ft. Myers, FL, and four great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his stepmother, Pat Tennyson of Harrogate, TN, his sisters; Wilma (Charles) Rector of Harrogate, TN, Myrna Denny and Lana (Jesse) Hill, all of Bowling Green, KY, and Julie (Scott) Marcum of Paducah, KY, and his brother, Alfred (Lisa) Tennyson of Morristown, TN.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Victor Tuohy, mother-in-law, Marceile Tuohy, his son, Steve Lantow Jr., and brother-in-law, Don Denny.

Visitation was held on Monday, November 27, 2023 from 2:00 to 8:00 pm at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:00 am at King’s Cross Church, with Pastor Max Begley officiating. One hour of visitation was held at the church before the service. Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to American Kidney Foundation or Epilepsy Foundation.

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