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James W. Gay

August 25. 2013 7:06AM
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James W. Gay

James W. Gay, 78, died at 3:10 a.m. June 13, 2013, at Richland Manor Nursing Home, Bluffton.

He was born Sept. 3, 1934, in Lima to the late William J. and Nellie Hariff Gay. On Nov. 10, 1956, he married Dorothy Lou Rice, and she survives.

James retired from Bluffton Precast and then worked at Wal-Mart, Lima. He enjoyed racing, fishing, bowling, playing horseshoes and attending high school football games. He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Survivors also include a son, James W. (Lorraine) Gay Jr., of Beaverdam; three daughters, Jennifer (David) Deeds, of Lima, Vera L. (Anthony) Vernell, of Delaware, Ohio, and Nancy Bagley, of Beaverdam; 19 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; two brothers, Bill (Linda) Gay, of Uma, Ariz., and Walter Gay, of Tucson, Ariz.; and two sisters Nellie Long, of Wooster, and Isabella (Daryl) Smith, of Findlay.

A great-grandchild preceded him in death.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. Pastor Sam Wireman will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Lima, with military rites.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Richland Manor Nursing Home.

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