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Elmore Mayor Lowell Krumnow is in a fight for his life, unexpectedly battling a brain tumor diagnosed earlier this month.

“Yes, he has a brain tumor,” village councilman Rick Claar confirmed. “It kind of came on all of a sudden.”

Council president Matt Damschroder has overseen the past few village council meetings, serving as mayor pro tem.

Claar noted, however, that Damschroder served in that capacity for another reason several weeks prior to Krumnow falling ill as the mayor had to work a couple of 12-hour shifts at his job at the Nabisco Flour Mill in Toledo.

Genoa Village Administrator Kevin Gladden has worked closely with Krumnow over the years.  They’ve combined efforts to bring the Northcoast Inland Trail to the area. Krumnow, along with his council, laid the foundation that successfully resulted in the construction of the trail’s path through the Elmore community several years ago.

Genoa, with the help of the same bike trail committee including Krumnow and Gladden, is trying to fulfill its part of the Northwest Ohio path. A proposed route remains a sticking point.

Gladden said he thought it was odd Krumnow did not attend a recent trail meeting in August and he had not returned correspondence directly related to it. He was later told that Krumnow had not felt well in past weeks, that he was nursing a sinus infection and severe headaches. Then Gladden learned of the tumor diagnosis, he said.

Claar said he worked closely with Krumnow setting up for the 17th annual Grub ‘n’ Suds held in early September in Elmore’s downtown.

“It was about that time things turned for the worse,” Claar said. As a result, Krumnow wasn’t on hand for any of the event activities he relished over the years.

His illness is acknowledged by a community sign in Elmore’s downtown asking all to “Pray for Mayor Lowell.”

Krumnow, who’s in his mid-50s, has served as mayor of the village of 1,400 since 1992.

His last re-election bid in 2011 pitted him against an unlikely opponent – his brother James, a village councilman.

Lowell, known for his progressive thinking versus James’ status quo stances, wrapped up the voters’ confidence and continued on his way, continuing to work alongside James.

He is one of the founders of the Elmore Historical Society and played a major role in creating the motorized casket races in the now annual Tombstone Derby held each October in Elmore.

Claar said planning for the annual fall event is under way and Krumnow’s absence is noticeable.

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