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James Richard Gobin


James Richard Gobin, 83, of Bellefontaine, passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at his home after a long battle with heart disease.

He was born Oct. 23, 1929, in North Bergen Township, Hudson County, N.J., a son of the late John Benjamin “Pat” Gobin and Pauline Elizabeth Main Gobin.

On Dec. 30, 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Jacqueline Rae Lamb, in Ada and she preceded him in death Jan. 2, 2008, after 57 years of marriage. He also was preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Donald Gobin.

Survivors include children, Kathleen A. (Evan) Dixon, J. Randall (Patricia) Gobin, Timothy R. (Vicky) Gobin and Kelly E. (Joe) McKirahan; grandchildren, Jeremy (Holly) Dixon, Jason (Holly) Dixon, Sarah Dixon, Leah (Greg) Dunham, Rachel (Dane) Borchers, Lindsay Gobin, Kandice (Chad) Eagy, Hillary (Tony) Pfeffer, Meggan (Jake) Davis, Eric (fiancée Anna Cruickshank) Gobin, Matthew McKirahan and Michael McKirahan; stepgrandchildren, Michelle, Jaime, Staci and Alex McKirahan and families; great-grandchildren, Drake, Alexandra and Drew Dixon, Allison, Bailey and Whitney Dixon, Lucy and Isaac Cotter, Jackson Dunham, Landon Eagy, Oliver and Everett Pfeffer and Elliott Davis. His stepmother, Jeanette Gobin, also survives in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He graduated in 1948 from Ada High School, where he played football. He completed two years at Ohio Northern University before enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served as a medical corpsman.

Upon returning from sea, he completed a tool and die apprenticeship and he worked in this field until medical retirement, coming to Bellefontaine while working for Westinghouse.

Jim enjoyed fishing, trapshooting, knife collecting, whittling and genealogy. The grandchildren, who were a special joy to him, were all recipients of either a hand carved walking stick or a mouse! Dad, you will be missed!

Pastor Jeffory Willetts conducts a funeral at noon Friday at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where calling is one hour prior. Burial is at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, with military rites by the Logan County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charities of the donors’ choices.

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