LORAIN - James "Jim" E. Umbel, 78, of Lorain, died Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Elyria Regional Medical Center after a lengthy illness.
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Jim was born June 30, 1933 in Struthers to the late Clayton and Mabel (nee Wilson) Umbel. He was a 1951 graduate of Struthers High School where he was a member of the football, track, and basketball teams. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy following high school and worked in the navy offices in a clerical and administrative capacity. He also played basketball for the Navy. He was the recipient of a Good Conduct Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Upon returning from the service, Jim worked at a steel mill in Youngstown for three years and then obtained employment at Ohio Edison from where retired.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, antiquing, and working crossword puzzles. He regularly was a vendor at Jamie's Flea Market, South Amherst, where he sold tools. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Amherst. In the past, Jim participated in the Awana program through the church.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years Veronica F. (nee Lyons); two daughters Kellie Umbel Simmons of Lorain and Tracie Umbel of Lorain; four grandchildren; James and Billy Simmons and Veronica and Anthony Kopronica;two great grandchildren; two sisters Kay (Dr. Charles) McGowen of Warren and Barbara (John) Phillips of Aurora; and his brother William (Alicia) Umbel of Boardman.
In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his sister Donna Rouan.
Family will receive friends Wednesday, 4 p.m. until time of service at 7:30 p.m. at the Garland-Misencik Funeral Home, 851 Park Avenue, Amherst. Following the funeral service, friends are invited for fellowship at the The American Croation Club, 4846 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain.
Published in The Morning Journal on December 6, 2011