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Lonny James Wakefield

March 20, 1942November 5, 2020
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Lonny James (“Jim”) Wakefield

Lonny James (“Jim”) Wakefield, 78, of Versailles, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, November 5, 2020, after being diagnosed in early summer 2020 with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He was born March 20, 1942, in Yakima, Washington to the late James A. and Thelma (Orloske) Wakefield. Jim was a man with many talents and excelled in activities including golfing, photography, photojournalism, home publishing, hunting, trap shooting, fishing and gardening. He was an avid outdoorsman and a voracious reader. He received many awards in various activities, and a few of which he was most proud include winning the Washington State Singles title in trapshooting, breaking 199 of 200 targets; placing fourth in the state with his Pabst Ohio Scramble golf team; and being named the 1990 Versailles Athletics Booster of the Year along with his brother Vaughn. Jim was a poultry sexor from the age of 19 until he was 74, owning his own poultry sexing business for many years. He was involved in activities to support American poultry sexors, and even testified in front of a U.S. congressional committee in Washington, D.C. regarding labor issues related to the industry. Jim was also a member of the Versailles Eagles, and greatly enjoyed socializing with fellow members each week. Notwithstanding his many accomplishments, Jim’s first priority was his family. His wife Suzanne was the love of his life, and he was a devoted father and grandfather. His greatest joy in later years was spending time with his nine grand-children, and attending their sporting, music and other activities, until ALS prevented him from doing so. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, as well as by his infant son James Robert Wakefield, his sister Karen LeDuc and his brother Vaughn Wakefield. Jim is survived by his wife of 56 years, Suzanne (Magoteaux) Wakefield, and his daughters and sons-in-law Lisa and Mark Barga, Laura and Jonathan Keihl, and Linda and Daniel Ahrens, all of Versailles, Ohio. He is also survived by his sister Cheryl (Jim) Williams of Dallas, Oregon, brother John Wakefield of Centralia, Washington, sister Lynn (Bo) Wakefield-Rickard of Centralia, Washington and brother Greg (Cathy) Wakefield of Atwater, California, as well as by his grandchildren Jacob Barga, Jace Barga, Sam Barga and Jadyn Barga; Louden (“L.J.”) Keihl, Brayden Keihl and Kendall Keihl; and Lucas Ahrens and Evie Ahrens, all of Versailles, Ohio. The family will be receiving guests at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home in Versailles, Ohio on Sunday, November 8 from 2 to 5 pm and on Monday, November 9 at 1 pm, prior to services at 2 pm. The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing be practiced. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Versailles Life Squad or the ALS Society.

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Kathy Monnin

November 23, 2020

Suzanne, you have my sincere sympathy.
Praying you will find the promise of God's peace
during these difficult times and the assurance of His
love in the midst of your grief. Keeping you in my prayers.

Eugene Rowett

November 16, 2020

So sad to hear about Jim's passing. I have always enjoyed his facebook page. All the pictures of family he was sharing I will miss. Your cousin Gene.

Lisa Huelskamp

November 14, 2020

What a good man he was! I was lucky enough to grow up next to him and you, his wonderful family. I love the memories we made...the big pumpkins, the garden and cherry tree, the overnights and dance parties, Jim's photography. It must be terribly difficult that he's gone. We are sending you love and prayers for peace and strength.

Allan (Ace) Edmands

November 14, 2020

Dear Suzanne, Ina and I are so sad to learn of Jim's passing. We have fond memories of the time in 2013 when we parked our RV in front of the Versailles home of Lisa and Mark and spent several festive hours of with you and Jim and the extended family, enjoying your very gracious hospitality. Though Jim and I did not agree on everything politically, I've always regarded him as a true friend--and I remember not only the more recent times of our high school reunions in Centralia but those years in the late 1940s and early 1950s (the Jefferson Grade School days) when he and I and Gordy Harper would hoot and holler and play games together for hours. Jim was truly a great guy, and I am so sorry for your great loss.
(In the picture of our First Grade class at Jefferson School, Jim is in the left, right beside me with the bear shirt. I also have pix of Jim in Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Third Grade--in case you don't have them.)

MIKE AND MARY BARGA

November 7, 2020

SUZANNE AND FAMILY, PLEASE ACCEPT OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY ON THE LOSS OF JIM. IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS
QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHED MAN OF WHOM YOU CAN BE
VERY PROUD. MAY YOUR MANY FOND MEMORIES HELP
YOU GET THROUGH THIS VERY SAD TIME.

Steve Varner

November 5, 2020

Jim was a great customer of ours in the music store. He would trade cord wood for my used trade in wood clarinets. Jim will be greatly missed. Our condolences to the family.
Jo Ann and Steve Varner

Deb Pohl

November 5, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. I will miss his picture posting on FB. Our sympathy to his family whom he was so proud of and rightly so. Versailles has lost a great guy.

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