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James Lewis Pool

James Lewis Pool, 84, of Bellefontaine, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, after a long battle with heart disease.

He was born January 27, 1930 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Faye Morton and Lucille (Erma) Pool.

He is preceded in death by his second wife the former Loretta Miller Elson. Also preceding him are his siblings, Faye "Jr", Bernard, and Eddie Pool, Jean "Susie" Hunsicker, 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, Deborah A. Pool (Greg Smith) of West Liberty, step son James ( Donna) Elson of Greenville; brothers, Robert (Joy) Pool, George Pool of Bellefontaine and Roger Pool of Bryan Ohio; grandchildren Michael Clem, Shannon Daniels, Amanda Pool, Nicholas (Cristy) Elson, Jenny (Steven) Bostaler, Jonathan Elson ,Dan and Brian Robinson, and 14 great grandchildren. Significant other, Patty Park whom he enjoyed spending time with in the last several years of his life.

They enjoyed listening to live music and dancing, as well as enjoying 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 playing 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 was also an avid Bellefontaine High School Sports and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.

He was a Sergeant in the US Air Force, a Fireman with the City of Bellefontaine serving as Chief and Assistant Chief and retired after 26 years of service. After retiring from the fire department, he 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 will take place on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Friendly Senior Center at 924 S Main St Bellefontaine, Ohio, beginning at 2pm. Pastor Gene Marine will conduct a service at 4:00 pm. Military honors to follow immediately after service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Universal Home Health and Hospice or the American Heart Association. Arrangements and cremation were handled by Jennings Farley Funeral Home, West Liberty.

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