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Gustavo "Gus" R. Sierra

October 30, 1961 October 12, 2019
Gustavo  "Gus" R. Sierra
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"Gustavo R. Sierra was born in Fostoria, Ohio on October 30, 1961 to Manuel L. and Natividad Sierra. He
graduated from St. Wendelin High School in 1980 and attended Bowling Green State University receiving
a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 1984. Since the age of 9 he wanted to be a radio
announcer and began as an intern at the age of 15 at WFOB Radio in Fostoria with the help of Ken Beier
father of best friend Scott Beier. Ken Beier knew WFOB General manager Gene Kinn and Gus’s long
career at WFOB began in June of 1977. Gus witnessed some pivotal moments of the radio station’s
history beginning with the devastating fire that destroyed the facility in September of 1977 followed by
the most brutal winter in recent memory including the Blizzard of ’78. He worked part-time on the
weekends beginning in his junior year in high school and remained part-time until graduating from
college where he became full-time. 1987 saw another major change when the FM station which merely
simulcasted the AM station’s programming was completely separated and turned into WBVI serving
Findlay. Gus became the first announcer and program director for the new station. He came back to
WFOB in 1991 to take over mornings and program director duties. He met his wife Laurie at the Fostoria
Footlighters Theater at the beginning of the 1990-91 season. They were married a year later in
September of 1991 and had four sons: Michael, twin brothers Mark and Matt and Noah. An
unexpected change of careers came in 2008 when it was announced that WFOB was switching to allsports programming. He tried his hand at the motor coach tour business with the help of Joe Bouillon
owner of JB Tours. With limited success he decided to get back into radio in 2011 going to work for
WFIN and WKXA and The Fox in Findlay doing news. Illness forced him into an early retirement in 2014.
Throughout the years Gus served as an announcer for WBGU-TV in Bowling Green, WLMB-TV in Toledo
Did voice-over work for Marathon, and various production companies. He is survived by one younger
brother Gabriel and one grandson Liam. He loved music and remembers his parents singing at a very
early age. M He taught himself how to play the guitar and with the help of a friend even came out of his
shell a little and sang in coffee shops and paid gigs for a short time. He cherished his boys and dearly
loved his friends." Gus

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Gustavo “Gus” R. Sierra, 57, of Fostoria, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 12, 2019, after succumbing to a long fought battle.

He was born October 30, 1961 in Fostoria, to Manuel and Natividad (Romero) Sierra, and they survive him in San Benito TX.

He married Laurie Jackson September 21, 1991, and she survives him in Fostoria.

Also surviving are four sons, Michael Adam, of Fostoria, Mark Joseph, of Celina, Matthew Thomas, of Columbus, and Noah James Sierra, of Fostoria; one grandson, Liam Scott Barto,; and one brother, Gabe Sierra, of Fostoria.

Gus was a 1980 Graduate of St. Wendelin High School and went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University.
To many he was “the voice of Fostoria in the morning.”

At the age of 17, Gus gratuitously began working for WFOB in Fostoria, as an evening disc jockey, and ultimately, a morning talk show host. He remained working at WFOB until 2008 where he established a work family and many friends.

He was a former afternoon News Anchor/ Reporter for WFIN from May 31, 2011-February 14, 2014. He was the News Director/ Anchor at Mix 96.7 WBVI FM from April 16, 2018 to present. Gus attended Cedar Creek Church in Findlay, was member of the Knights of Columbus, the Kiwanis Club, and Moose Lodge, where friends became family as well.

Gus loved to travel. He was especially fond of his frequent trips to Texas, and Florida, as well as a memorable trip to New Orleans. He was an avid TV fan and movie buff, and lover of music, in both consumption and creation. He was passionate about his work, his faith, and loved his parents and entire family dearly.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 pm until 4:00m on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Hoening & Son Funeral Home, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, with funeral services following in the funeral home at 4:00 pm.

A lunch and gathering will follow in the funeral home reception area.

Memorial contributions may be considered to American Diabetes Association, or to the Leukemia Foundation.


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Visitation

Tuesday

15

Oct

1:00 PM 10/15/2019 1:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 10/15/2019 4:00:00 PM
Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria

133 W. Tiffin Street
Fostoria, OH 44830

Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria
133 W. Tiffin Street Fostoria 44830 OH
United States

Service

Tuesday

15

Oct

4:00 PM 10/15/2019 4:00:00 PM
Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria

133 W. Tiffin Street
Fostoria, OH 44830

Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria
133 W. Tiffin Street Fostoria 44830 OH
United States

fellowship & gathering

Tuesday

15

Oct

4:30 PM 10/15/2019 4:30:00 PM
Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria

133 W. Tiffin Street
Fostoria, OH 44830

Lunch and gathering will follow in the funeral home reception area

Hoening & Son Funeral Home - Fostoria
133 W. Tiffin Street Fostoria 44830 OH
United States
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