JASPER - Donald Gigax, age 93, of Jasper passed away Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Brookdale Adrian. He was born April 23, 1923, in Archbold, Ohio, to Lawrence and Mary (Kutzli) Gigax, and graduated from Archbold High School. On Oct. 22, 1960, Donald married Ruth Knisel at the United Methodist Church in Ogden. She survives, having shared more than 56 years together. Donald was a local farmer who also worked at Tecumseh Products, retiring in 1988. For many years he sold seed for Great Lakes Hybrids. Donald was a member of the United Methodist Church in Weston. He was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan and enjoyed bowling and baseball in his younger years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by their children, Mary Jo (Joseph Patterson) Gigax of Oklahoma City, Okla; Mark (Melanie) Gigax of Brighton and David Gigax of Jasper; three grandsons, Nick, Jake and Ryan; and siblings, Gertrude (Russ) Wheeler, Margaret (Orville) Detter, Ilva Storch, Robert (Dianna) Gigax and Ronald (Sharon) Gigax. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Dale Gigax and Helen Nuenschander. Funeral services will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Wagley Funeral Home, Tagsold Chapel in Blissfield, with the Rev. Donna Galloway officiating. Burial will follow at Ogden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions are suggested to Weston United Methodist Church or Hospice of Lenawee. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.WagleyFuneralHome.com.
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