Dr. Ngur, died on April 18, 2022, due to postural asphyxia, a complication of injuries suffered when his vehicle drove off the right side of the 4200 block of Corey Road in Sylvania Township, according to the Lucas County coroner’s office.
Daniel O. Ngur was born on February 2, 1951, in Benue State, Nigeria to the late David and Kazai Ngur-Adi. Highly intelligent and driven by an incredible work ethic, Dan graduated from Bristol Missionary School, then Federal Government College, Sokoto.
He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. He remained at the university and taught Pharmacy for more than 10 years. He also served as a visiting professor in Czechoslovakia.
In October of 1988, he got the opportunity to do post-doctoral research in Neuropharmacology at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo.
After his family joined him in March of 1989, Dan went on to work in research at the University of Toledo Department of Pharmacy for three years before entering the practice of pharmacy at various local pharmacies.
Mr. Ngur became licensed as an Ohio pharmacist in 1996. He worked through the years in retail and hospital settings and as an IV pharmacist at Heartland Healthcare Services on South Avenue, a pharmaceutical provider to long-term care facilities. He retired in 2016.
Dan loved medicine, but above all, his faith and love for God also moved him to help heal bodies and souls. He was relentless in his pursuit of truth and love, sharing it with others in every way he could including fostering more than 100 children with his family through the Lucas County Children’s Services.
“It’s what they felt they were called to do, to provide a safe haven for those kids,” daughter Erdoo said. “It goes back to healing. He had a passion for healing and restoring bodies, but souls as well.”
“Who they were when they walked in and who they were when they walked out were completely different people,” daughter Erdoo said of the children.
He liked to play tennis and golf. A self-taught musician, he recorded himself playing guitar and singing worship music and sent the recordings to his children. He knew how to make household repairs and took care to eat healthfully.
Daniel O. Ngur quietly and patiently carried his cross, following God’s will for his life day by day. He will be most remembered for choosing the Godly way of living and sharing God’s presence with the world.
“Healing wasn’t just his profession. It was who he was,” daughter Erdoo said. “He was so calm. He allowed us to be who we were — adventurous — because we knew he would be there. He was a kind and gentle soul, but a man of such stature.”
Daniel O. Ngur and his wife had been commissioned as ministers by Glory of Zion International Church in Corinth, Texas, and were members of Shekinah Church in Ann Arbor.
Left to cherish his living memory and carry on his legacy are his wife, Nema; children, Terwase (Amanda) Ngur, Ember Ngur, Nguumbur (Ray) Eads, Erdoo Ngur, Bem Ngur, and Mwuese Ngur; grandchildren, Luna Grace, London Lee, and Theodore “Teddy” Abeo.
The celebration service for Daniel O. Ngur’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 25, 2022, in the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.), where visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Toledo Memorial Park.