James Richard Gobin, 83, of Bellefontaine, passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at his home after a long battle with heart disease.
He was born on October 23, 1929 in North Bergen Township, Hudson County, New Jersey, a son of the late John Benjamin “Pat” Gobin and Pauline Elizabeth (Main) Gobin.
On December 30, 1950 in Ada, Ohio, he married the former Jacqueline Rae Lamb, his high school sweetheart and she preceded him in death on January 2, 2008 after 57 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Robert and Donald Gobin.
Jim graduated in 1948 from Ada High School where he played football. He completed two years at Ohio North University before enlisting in the United State Navy where he served as a medical corpsman. Upon returning from sea, Jim completed a Tool and Die Apprenticeship. He worked in this field until medical retirement, being brought to Bellefontaine while working for Westinghouse.
Survivors include children, Kathleen A. (Evan) Dixon, J. Randall (Patricia) Gobin, Timothy R. (Vicky) Gobin, 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 (Fiancé’ Anna Cruickshank) Gobin, Matthew McKirahan, Michael McKirahan; step-grandchildren, Michelle, Jaime, Staci & Alex McKirahan and families; great-grandchildren, Drake, Alexandra & Drew Dixon, Allison, Bailey & Whitney Dixon, Lucy and Isaac Cotter, Jackson Dunham, Landon Eagy, Oliver and Everett Pfeffer and Elliott Davis. His step-mother, Jeanette Gobin also survives in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Jim enjoyed fishing, trap-shooting, knife collecting, whittling, and genealogy. The grandchildren, whom 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 will conduct a 12 Noon funeral service on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine, where friends may call one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada with military rites by the Logan County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.