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James Lowell Gaston
James Lowell GastonFlagJames Lowell Gaston, Prospect, passed away on December 23 at the age of 79, after a long, courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and was accelerated by Covid-related weakness. His sweet, ornery smile and wonderful sense of humor will be missed. His departure from this earth will be mourned, but the family is comforted knowing he is now in his forever home with Jesus Christ. No more pain and suffering for the victory has been won.

On October 28, 1943, Jim was born in Delaware. He graduated in 1961 from Waldo High School and grew up as a member of the Waldo Methodist Church. Jim was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in Korea.

He was very persistent in finding the love of his life, Nancy Isler, and they were married on July 20, 1968. He then joined Prospect Baptist Church where he served through the years as deacon, trustee, and moderator.

During his career with GTE/Verizon, Jim was a cable splicer and performed phone installation and repair. As a hobby farmer, he showed registered Dorset sheep at state and national shows with his brother-in-law, Jim Isler. Jim loved his Goldwing motorcycles; he and Nancy rode to 32 states and made many friends. For their Goldwing chapter they were chapter directors, treasurer, and newsletter editors.

He was a member and Past Master of the Ashley Masonic Lodge until it closed and consolidated with Hiram Lodge #18 in Delaware. He was a 32nd degree mason and served in leadership roles with the AASR Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite and the Aladdin Shrine of Columbus.

He faithfully participated in the Delay the Disease exercise program at the YMCA for his Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you to Cheri for her patience, as well as Beth and Daryl.

Jim will be remembered as a kind, fun loving man who always had a good joke to tell. He also had a mischievous way about him as he loved to tease and joke around with his family and friends. He always said he never met a chocolate chip cookie he didn’t like, and he always had an appetite for ice cream.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Nancy (Isler) Gaston; two children, Michelle Gaston (Laura Kunkle) and Jenni (Tom) Hypes; two grandchildren, Emily Hypes and Ryan Burwell; and two great grandchildren, Aiden and Addison Burwell; as well as in-laws, Fred (Reda) Isler, Howard (MaryAnn) Isler, Harold Isler, Chuck (Connie) Isler, and Jim (Kris) Isler, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Mary (Brookens) Gaston, and sister, Ardath Wright.

His family will greet friends from 3-6 p.m. on Tuesday January 3, 2023, at the Prospect Baptist Church, 213 North Elm St, Prospect, OH. A Masonic service will be held following calling hours, followed by a memorial service honoring his life. Pastors Tom Hypes (son-in-law) and Deb Moreland will officiate. Burial will be Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Prospect Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America #1095.

The Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Prospect Baptist Church at P.O. Box 51, Prospect, OH 43342 or Aspire Ministries (formerly Love INC) at 205 W. Center St, Marion, OH 43302 or online at www.aspiremarion.org

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#1 from: Mark Rinnert
Palmetto, Florida
Mon, Dec 26, 2022 at 10:50 PM

Dear Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss, I know when talked at the class reunion you said you couldn’t leave Jim for long. I know your family will be a great comfort to you, still so hard. You and your family will be in my prayers, God bless you at this sad time. Your friend, Mark

#2 from: Jackie Peterson
Marion, Ohio
Mon, Dec 26, 2022 at 11:40 PM

Jenni please know that I am praying for comfort and peace for you and your family doing the passing of your dad.
Pastor Jackie

#3 from: Susie Keirns
Marion Ohio
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 5:21 AM

Nancy and Girls and your families….I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace, knowing that he is now with our Savior. I can only imagine how wonderful that is!!🙏🏻♥️

#4 from: Susan and Roger McLain
Huntsville, Ohio
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 7:58 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you  Michelle, and your family!  Because of him we are blessed with knowing you, and calling you neighbor and friend!  Mr. Gaston, thank you for your service and all your earthly contributions.  May you rest in peace.

#5 from: Jim Jerew
St Petersburg Fla
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 8:10 AM

Dear Nancy and family my condolences of Jim’s passing. He was a great guy and I will never forget the great motorcycle trips we took together. Time passes and Jim was there for me in difficult times. May he rest in peace with no more pain as I know he will be in Heaven.
God bless your family, Jim

#6 from: Nancy  Clute  Wiley
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 8:22 AM

So sorry for your loss.  Your in my thoughts and prayers.  

#7 from: Chivington Dean
1525 Richland Terrace East Marion
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 9:07 AM

Jim he was kind and thoughtful he will be missed prayers for the whole

#8 from: Ann Shuey Russell
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 9:44 AM

Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Nancy at this sad time . Jim’s Mother and Father were long time good friends of my parents as you know . I had not seen Jim in many years until you brought him over to see me at one of my previous bank functions- thank you so much ! Old friends are a great part of one’s life. Thank you again ☺️

#9 from: Bruce and Jerri Edwards
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 11:18 AM

Nancy and family, So very sorry for your loss. Jim was certainly a great guy. Prayers that God will surround you with peace in knowing you will see Jim in eternity.

#10 from: Robert Imbody
New Bloomington
Tue, Dec 27, 2022 at 11:37 PM

Jim was a good man! Always a smile!Now he has no more pain and discomfort praise the Lord! Nancy, Jennifer and I will keep you and your family in our prayers.

#11 from: Vickie McGowan
Wed, Jan 4, 2023 at 9:27 AM

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. It's reassuring to know he was greeted by those in heaven that have went on ahead. Blessings to you in the memories he gave you.

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