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Jimmie Fruchey played piano at area nursing homes

Jimmie Dale Fruchey, 85, died at 10:51 am, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima, Ohio.

He was born Sept. 24, 1932, in Lima, Ohio, to James Galloway and Emma D. (Lusk) Fruchey.  They both preceded him in death.

On Nov. 2, 2002, he married Bonnie Kay (Watkins) Gillespie, at Shawnee Church of Christ.  She survives in Cridersville.

Jimmie is also survived by two sons, David Fruchey of Reno, Nevada, and Daniel (Kelly) Fruchey of Santa Rosa, Callifornia; two daughters, Deborah (Robert) Hamaker of Walnut Creek, California, and Tamara "Tammy" Fort of Kent, Washington; 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren; five step sons, Randy Gillespie of Denver, Colorado, Rick (Gay) Gillespie of Golden, Colorado, Robert Gillespie of Jenera, Rod (Teresa) Gillespie of Indio, California, and Roy (Julie) Gillespie of Wapakoneta; three sisters, Maxine Fruchey of Brandon, Mississippi, Denise Stratton of Lima, and Anita (Tom) Bogart of Bluffton, and one brother in-law, Steve Baxter of Columbus Grove.

He was preceded in death by his step father, Max Fruchey; son, Mark Fruchey; step daughter, Rebecca Johnson, and sister, Annette Baxter.

Jimmie Dale graduated in 1950 from Columbus Grove High School.

He graduated from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles, CA with a BA & MA in Criminology, Sociology and Religion.  He had also attended USC.  Jimmie had taught for seven years as a Professor of Corrections and Sociology.

Jimmie Dale served in the US Army Airborne as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean Conflict.

He worked for and retired in 1982 from the State Department of Corrections, California, as a Regional Administrator of Parole for Northern California.  He also worked at Alameda County Probation Department, as a Supervisor from 1984-1989, and then returned to work at the State Department of Corrections from 1989-1997.

Mr. Fruchey played the piano as a missionary of music for many area nursing homes in the Putnam, Allen and Auglaize counties.  He was also a missionary in India with the Church of Christ in 1998. 

He had also been married to Linda Sands the mother of their five children, for 44 years.

Services will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove.  Pastor Larry Molaski will officiate with burial to follow at Campbell Cemetery, Columbus Grove.

Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug 9, at Hartman Sons Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed at hartmansonsfuneralhome.com