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James L. Gower

July 29, 1924 November 25, 2018
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GOWER, JAMES L., age 94, of Springfield, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on November 25, 2018, with family present. Jim was born in Springfield, Ohio, the son of Harriett and J. Lynn Gower. He was a graduate of Moorefield Rural High School in 1942 and soon joined The U.S. Army Air Corps, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he married his sweetheart, Juanita Yoakem in 1946. He continued to operate the family Jersey Dairy Farm alongside his father and also continued his love of flying at his airstrip on the farm, which was located on Buck Creek Lane, where the current Buck Creek State Park cabins & campgrounds are located. He moved to Northridge in 1969 and began flying and instructing at Mad River Airport. He became an FAA examiner and taught numerous students. After Mad River closed, he began piloting the King Air for Grimes Corporate and instructed countless student pilots at Grimes Airport in Urbana, Ohio. Jim worked for two Clark County Sheriff’s as a deputy in the Jail and Courts and retired in 1996. He was a member of St. Andrews Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; parents; two sisters, Marybelle (Maynard) Dorn; Marjorie (Bob) Swaby. He is survived by his two daughters, Pam (Gene) Ditmer and Debbie (Rick) Catanzaro; four grandchildren, Dax (Kelli) Welsheimer, Kecia Jasper, Brian (April) Catanzaro, Angie (Patty Reinknecht) Catanzaro; seven great grandchildren, Zachary Jasper, Erich(Savannah) Jasper, Allysa (Casey Young) Jasper, Isabella Catanzaro, Gianna Catanzaro, Nicholas Welsheimer, Ashley Welsheimer; one nephew, Jim Gall; three nieces, Cindy (Lamar) Spracklen, Carolyn (Doug) Ferguson, Betsy (Dale) Rice. And in Dad’s own words, “my best friend, Rick”. Jim’s love for his family was never ending and he will be missed by all.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME, SPRINGFIELD. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 on Thursday with Pastor Dax James Welsheimer officiating . Burial will be in Plattsburg Cemetery.

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Visitation

Thursday

29

Nov

1:00 PM 11/29/2018 1:00:00 PM - 2:00 PM 11/29/2018 2:00:00 PM
Littleton & Rue Funeral Home and Crematory

830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503

Littleton & Rue Funeral Home and Crematory
830 N. Limestone St. Springfield 45503 OH
United States

Service

Thursday

29

Nov

2:00 PM 11/29/2018 2:00:00 PM
Littleton & Rue Funeral Home and Crematory

830 N. Limestone St.
Springfield, OH 45503

Littleton & Rue Funeral Home and Crematory
830 N. Limestone St. Springfield 45503 OH
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Plattsburg Cemetery Final Resting Place

Plattsburg Road
Plattsburg, OH 45368

Plattsburg Road Plattsburg 45368 OH
US
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