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James David Thew

September 25, 1937 ~ May 22, 2019 (age 81)


James David Thew, 81, of Galion passed away on May 22, 2019 at Millcreek Nursing Home, Galion, after a courageous battle with multiple myeloma

Jim was born in Iberia on September 25, 1937, to John T. and Janette Ruth (Beck) Thew. He married Patricia “Pat” E. (Cramer) Smith Thew on August 25, 1961 and she survives him.

Jim worked at Gledhill Road Machinery in Galion for 42 years. He was a member of the VFW Post 2920 in Crestline, VFW Post 4329 in Galion, American Legion Scarborough Post 243, Galion, and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 303, Galion. When he was able, Jim enjoyed golfing. He loved watching Jeopardy! and The Price is Right. Jim cheered on the Cleveland Browns, the Cleveland Indians, and The Ohio State University Buckeyes. He was truly an Ohio sports fan.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his step-son, Steve and Patty Smith, Galion, his granddaughter, Brandy and Dave Grauer, his great-grandchildren, Rachelle and Ashlyn Grauer, a soon to be born great-great-granddaughter, Elise Rose, his sister Linda and Larry Tischer, Indiana, his aunts and uncles, Helen Petty, Atlanta, GA, Barb and Dick Beck, Galion, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

James was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Thew, and his two sisters; Nancy Thew and Jane Cole.
Friends may call from 4:00pm - 7:00 pm on Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, 303 Portland Way North, Galion. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, May 25, 2019 with Chaplain Shelley McNeal. Burial will follow in Iberia Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Crawford County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.

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May 24, 2019

Time: TBD to 2:00 AM
Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, Galion
303 Portland Way N.
Galion, OH 44833

Funeral Service
May 25, 2019

1:00 PM
Schneider-Gompf Funeral Home, Galion
303 Portland Way N.
Galion, OH 44833

May 25, 2019

Iberia Cemetery
Township Road 49
Iberia, Ohio 43325


American Cancer Society
740 Commerce Drive, Suite B, Perrysburg OH 43551
Tel: 1-888-227-6446

Crawford County Humane Society
3590 State Route 98, Bucyrus OH 44820
Tel: 1-419-562-9149

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