James Lewis Pool, 84, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, after a long battle with heart disease.
He was born in Columbus on Jan. 27, 1930, to the late Faye Morton and Lucille Erma Lash Pool. He also was preceded in death by his second wife, the former Loretta Miller Elson; siblings, Faye Jr., Bernard and Eddie Pool, Jean “Susie” Hunsicker and Shirley MacDonald; and great-granddaughter, Gabrielle Varian.
He is survived by children, James L. Pool, Cheryl L. (Ted) Robinson of Bellefontaine, Randy K. Pool of Columbus and Deborah A. (Greg Smith) Pool of West Liberty; stepson, James (Donna) Elson of Greenville; brothers, Robert (Joy) Pool and George Pool, both of Bellefontaine, and Roger Pool of Bryan; grandchildren, Michael Clem, Shannon Daniels, Amanda Pool, Nicholas (Cristy) Elson, Jenny (Steven) Bostaler, Jonathan Elson, and Dan and Brian Robinson; and 14 great-grandchildren; and significant other, Patty Park, with whom he enjoyed spending time in the last several years of his life.
Together, he and Patty enjoyed listening to live music and dancing, as well as their trips to Florida in the winters.
Jim was an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoyed all types of sports from playing softball back in the day for Bernie’s Drive Thru, to playing tennis, golf and pool.
He was kind of a savant when it came to remembering sports statistics and was sometimes referred to as “The Book” from former co-workers at Bernie’s Drive Thru. He also was an avid Bellefontaine High School sports and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, a firefighter with the City of Bellefontaine, serving as chief and assistant chief, and retired after 26 years of service. He then worked for the Ohio Department of Liquor Control and retired from there as well. He worked many different jobs throughout his life.
A celebration of life is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Friendly Senior Center, 924 S. Main St., Bellefontaine, where Pastor Gene Marine conducts a service at 4 p.m. Military honors follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Universal Home Health and Hospice and the American Heart Association.
Arrangements and cremation were handled by Jennings Farley Funeral Home, West Liberty.