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Bargar, James
1927 - 2017
James (Jim) Bargar, 90, of Delaware, passed away on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Kobacker House in Columbus. Jim was born April 21, 1927 in Tiffin, Ohio, the son of Virgil and Ethel Bargar. On January 7, 1948, he married his high school sweetheart Roxy Dunton and they enjoyed 68 years of marriage prior to her death in January, 2016. Jim graduated from Delaware Willis High School, served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in landscape architecture in 1954. He worked for 38 years designing and planning parks for the state of Ohio and for the City of Columbus and Franklin County Metro Park System; altogether he designed and renovated over 20 parks in northern Ohio and in the Metro Columbus area, including: East Harbor State Park, Portage Lakes State Park, Highbanks Metro Park, Slate Run, Chestnut Ridge, Inniswood Gardens, and Sharon Woods. After his retirement, Jim served 24 years as a commissioner for Preservation Parks of Delaware County where he helped expand the system to 11 sites including over 1,000 acres. In 2012, he was given the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association's Harvey Woods Lifetime Achievement Award. Jim loved to sing and spend time in the outdoors gardening, hiking, canoeing and fishing. He avidly followed the sports, singing and various other performance activities of his children and grandchildren. He and Roxy for many years sponsored 4-H horse shows and awards at the Delaware County Fair, and he established the Susan Bargar Memorial Horsemanship Award presented annually at the Delaware County 4-H Achievement Program. He enjoyed traveling and spent many happy vacations with family in Florida, Canada, Michigan, Alaska, the western states and many other places in the eastern U.S. Jim is survived by four sons, Jim (Kathy), David (Vicki), John (Sue) and Tim (Janet); and by one daughter, Mary Kennedy. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Roxy, brothers Max and Bob, a daughter Susan Marie Bargar, a grandson Seth Bargar and a granddaughter Kami Bargar. The family requests that donations on behalf of Jim be made to Preservation Parks of Delaware County. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, August 4 and from 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, August 5 at ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME in Delaware. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 5, also at Robinson Funeral Home, followed by burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in Delaware, where military honors will be presented by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories shared online at www.RobinsonFuneralHomeInc.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 4, 2017
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