NEW CARLISLE - Jack E. Gheen, 68, of New Carlisle, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. He was born on April 21, 1945 in Troy, to the late Orville Ray and Erma A. (Zerkle) Gheen.
He is survived by his life partner, Claudia Sloneker of New Carlisle; daughter and son-in-law, Amy Jo and Gary Donaldson, along with his two grandchildren, Ellie and Max Donaldson, all of Mountain, Wisc.; son, Bryan Gheen of Alaska; brother and sister-in-law, James A. and Diana Gheen of New Carlisle; sister and brother-in-law, Sue Ann and Carl Skaggs of Grand Rapids, Mich.; nephew, Scott Gheen; and niece, Anita Tebbe.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his infant son, Andy Jack Gheen.
He was a 1963 graduate of Miami East High School and served in the Ohio National Guard from 1965 to 1971. Jack graduated from the Dayton Police Academy and began employment as a Troy Police Officer on June 16, 1966.
He served in many capacities at the Troy Police Department, moving up through the ranks to include patrolman, Juvenile-School Safety Officer (1970), Sergeant (1971) and then retiring as Detective Lieutenant (1978) in charge of investigations. He was one of the founding members of the department's SWAT team, he was an Evidence Technician, and an instructor for the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Commission.
He retired from the Police Department on April 24, 1993 after 27 years of service, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal that year. He then served as the Miami County Prosecutor's Investigator from 1993 until his second retirement in 2012.
He was again sworn as a Miami County deputy sheriff in January of 2013.
In addition to the work he loved, Jack was also an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting and fishing, four-wheeling, restoring antiques, and finding a bargain.
He loved to eat and snack, and his favorites were peanut butter, Miracle Whip and ketchup, sometimes all together.
Most of all, he enjoyed having fun with loved ones, family and friends.
A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy.
Friends may call from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home with FOP Honor Guard present.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Park District, 2645 E. State Route 41, Troy, OH 45373. Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.