GALLUP, N.M. - James "Jim" William DeWeese, 80, of Gallup, N.M., formerly from the Piqua-Troy area, passed away peacefully Sept. 15 surround by his family at the Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home.
He was born July 29, 1932 in Troy, to the late Douglas and Dorothy DeWeese French.
He was married to Linda Jane (Harrod) DeWeese on April 20, 1957, in Piqua, she preceded him in death on June 23, 2007. He is survived by four sons, William DeWeese of Albuquerque, N.M., Brian (Paula) DeWeese of Socorro, N.M., Kevin DeWeese, and David (Tammy) DeWeese of Gallup N.M.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Susan (Ted) Christy, Nancy (John) Haney and Shirley Harrod; and brother-in-law, C. Richard (Gay) Harrod, all of Piqua; sister-in-law, Rosemary Driver of Indianapolis Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas DeWeese and a sister, Gloria Zollinger.
Jim graduated from Troy High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was a former employee of the Piqua Daily Call and Troy Daily News, as a reporter and photographer, before moving out west to Gallup, where he worked for the Gallup Independent newspaper.
A memorial service for Jim was held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Gallup, N.M. where he was a member. Graveside services for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua. The Rev. Keith A. Gephart of St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church will officiate. A celebration of Jim's life and fellowship will follow the burial at St. Paul's church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Little Sisters of the Poor, 1900 Mark Ave., Gallup, N.M. 87301.