James L. Gillig, 70, of Tiffin, died at 12:35 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo.
He was born to Ralph George and Incarnata "Inky" (Gates) Gillig on Feb 6, 1942, in Tiffin. He married Marilyn Mae Rumschlag on June 26, 1965, in St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin. She died June 3, 2007.
Survivors include two sons, Brian (Tracilu) Gillig and Brad (Bonnie) Gillig, both of Tiffin; a daughter, Jami (Craig) Hepp of Tiffin; nine grandchildren, Tyler Gillig, Taylor and Katie Gillig, Samantha, Allison, Audrey and Kyle Hepp, Jessica Martin and Les Lehmann; two brothers, Mike "Smiley" (Diane) Gillig of Columbus and Paul (Alberta) Gillig of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; four sisters, Patricia (Roger) Heckel of Columbus, Marilyn (Edward) Wangler of Lakewood, Susan (Terry) Weidner of Massillon and Christine (Leo) Rivera of Tiffin
A sister, Rosemary Gillig, was stillborn.
Jim was a 1960 Calvert High School graduate and a 1964 Tiffin University graduate, with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He was assistant vice president at First National Bank of Tiffin and Republic Bank; the remaining 25 years were in sales, where he met many great customers and friends, especially his dear friend and kidney donor Mary Gangway-Snyder, who helped extend his life for years. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, a football referee for Tiffin and the surrounding areas for many years, and coached baseball for the Tiffin D League with great friends for 19 years.
His favorite days were to be poolside with family, watching all Ohio State sporting events, and following Cleveland Indians and Cleveland Browns games. Chauffeuring, running errands and cooking for his children and grandchildren always were his top priorities. Jim's schedule always was centered around his grandchildren's football, baseball, softball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading events. He loved to bake his famous cut-out cookies for his neighbors, customers and family each holiday season. Jim had a special gift for always talking with everyone, and loved supporting Columbian athletic events.
Visitation with the family will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe Street Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419) 447-3113. The funeral will follow at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Gary Walters will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jim and Marilyn Gillig Dance Scholarship Fund at In Motion Dance Studio or to Columbian Athletic Boosters in care of the funeral home. To send condolences, for directions to the funeral home, or to view the Celebration of Life video go to www.traunerofuneralhome.com.