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James Leroy Garee
James Leroy GareeHarnessRacingJames Leroy Garee, 69, of Green Camp died Sunday morning, May 25, 2008 in Marion surrounded by his loving family.  He was born July 11, 1938 in Marysville to the late Claude and Millie (Jennings) Garee Sr.

He worked at the former B. F. Goodrich and Parker Hannafin in Green Camp for over 40 years.  His last occupation was at the Marion Kroger gas station until just recently.  His true passion in life was harness racing, having owned and trained his own horses.  More recently his available time was spent in his garden.  Above all, he loved his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by two sons, Kevin Garee, Marion and his three children, Briana, Taylor and Hunter; Kenneth (Sarah) Garee, Sunbury; a daughter, Dondra (Brian) Sands, Magnetic Springs and their children, Joshua and KaSandra; two sisters, Joan Smith, Washington Court House; Jane Sanderson, Marysville; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Garee Breece, Marysville; best friend Don Lowe, Marysville; nieces and nephews, Ernest Garee, Toledo; Richard Garee, Centerburg; Thomas Garee, Oregon; Diane Wheeler, Marion; Mary M. Huddleston, James Price, Sandra Ridge, all of Richwood; Shirlee Sanderson, North Carolina; Steven Sanderson, Kansas City; Timothy Smith and Andrew Smith, both of Columbus; and Cynthia Smith, Washington Court House.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Waldo, Herbert John, Claude Jr. and Cecil.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Mo Dunn officiating.  Burial will follow in Broadway Cemetery.  Friends may call from 5 to 8 PM on Wednesday.

Memorial gifts may be made to The American Lung Association of Ohio, 1950 Arlingate Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43228.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com.

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#1 from: Todd,Brenda,Mikael,Molly,Mason,Melodee
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 1:50 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful man and the best grandpa any kid could have...even letting my children call him grandpa when they would stay with sissy,tay,and hunter. Please let us know if you guys need anything....We love you Jim......

#2 from: Dirk Cheney, Gina North
Beatty Ave. Richwood
Tue, May 27, 2008 at 2:02 PM

We'd like to express our deepest sympathies to all. I remember Jim from about the time he started training harness horses. My father, Bob, was his driver at that time. I will always remember how much fun we all had together at the racetracks. Jim took his love of horses as serious as my father. It was great to be around him and he will be missed by many. May God be with you, Dirk Cheney

#3 from: Joan Jolliff
Cardington OHIO
Wed, May 28, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Jim is remembered fondly by my husband Todd and myself. His pride in his children and grandchildren, his knowledge of farming and horses, and the good conversations they shared while working in Green Camp will be cherished. Our deepest sympathies to the family. May God comfort you in this time.

#4 from: Danielle
Marion, Ohio
Wed, May 28, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Jim was a great person, I couldn't of asked for a better grandpa for my children.  I will never forget him or the things he did for my kids.  Many people have expressed their condolences from the ball park and said they will miss talking to him and he was a good guy.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.  I was able to tell him before he left us how much he meant to me and the kids and he said thank you.  God bless you all.

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