OSTRANDER - James C. Blaney, 80, of Ostrander passed away unexpectedly Monday morning, April 28, 2014 at the OSU Medical Center.
He was born on Aug. 14, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa., to the late James J. Blaney and Mary (Price) Sommer.
During the Korean Conflict he served in the U.S. Air Force. A resident of Ostrander for over 50 years, he had worked as a heavy truck mechanic for Humphrey Ford and as a quality control inspector with Delo Screw Products. He also operated his own trucking company, serving the needs of several area contractors. He retired in 1998 from GE Super Abrasives, where he worked as a diamond press operator and invented several new ways for GE to operate.
A man of deep and abiding faith, he was a long time member of Valley View Evangelical Friends Church. He served countless years as a trustee, church board member, Sunday school teacher, stewardship elder, bus operations specialist and mechanic, as well as participant of the annual men's retreat.
He served on the Ostrander Village Council for 13 years until this past January, also in the capacity of President.
Jim could fix anything, at work, home or church, he did it all. He enjoyed camping and was happiest outdoors. Mechanically inclined, he treasured his 1967 red Mustang, which he rebuilt from top to bottom. Jim was the gifted teacher, chief problem solver, and rock of his family. Jim was a peacemaker when anything was amiss.
He enjoyed sharing the stories of his younger years with the grandchildren. His life stories from working a mule team on the childhood farm to operating modern equipment of today. God and his family were most important and he was one who looked forward to sharing hugs.
Jim was talented in every way and his boys remain as his lasting legacy and of whom he was most proud.
He is survived by his partner in life and beloved wife of 59 years Aletha (Foor), sons Marvin daughter-in-law Cathy of Delaware, Charles daughter-in-law Linda of Marysville, James daughter-in-law Becky Blaney of Cardington, three grandchildren James (Melissa), Amanda (James), Michael (Renee), seven great-grandchildren, and a host of friends.
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his twin sister Patricia Blaney, sister Mary Hinnershitz, and stepfather Frank Sommer.
Friends may call 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Dr., Delaware where services will be held 2:30 Thursday with Rev. Joshua Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Assoc.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Valleyview Evangelical Friends Church, 868 W. Williams St., Delaware, OH 43015.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.