Jimmie Camechis, 88, died Monday, November 22, 2010, at his residence following his battle with pancreatic cancer.
A devoted husband and father, he leaves his wife of 63 years, Gertrude (Schweikert) Camechis; one sister, Irene Miller of Winter Haven, Florida; children, Mike (Helen) of Chauncey, Nikki of Pleasantville, Jimmie of Florida, Tony (Susie) of Glouster, Jeff (Julie) of Lancaster, John of Thornville, Ron (Laura) of Florida; 20 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Camechis graduated from Liberty Union High School in 1941 where he excelled in athletics. Mr. Camechis moved to Baltimore, with his mother Esther following the death of his father Nick Camechis who was born on the Island of Patmos in Greece.
After graduating from Liberty Union High School, he enlisted into the United States Navy serving on a number of different ships as a Signalman, First Class during World War Two. Mr. Camechis served six years in the Pacific Campaign and was honorably discharged following the war. He met his wife, “Gertie”, in Lancaster and they were married in 1947.
After serving with the Navy, Mr. Camechis began his career as a printer. Mr. Camechis work for a number of newspapers in central Ohio. In 1967, Mr. Camechis accepted a position in the printing facility at The Ohio State University where he later retired. Mr. Camechis took pride in his work and truly relished working with his co-workers and meeting the dignitaries, athletes, coaches and others who he assisted at the printing facility.
Mr. Camechis enjoyed the outdoors and working on the small farm he and Gertie purchased in 1965. He attended a number of churches and was a member of the Oakthorpe Christian Union Church.
The Camechis family wishes to thank all of those who helped Jimmie battle this terrible disease and a special thank you to the Oncology facility at Fairfield Medical Center and Fair Hope Hospice of Fairfield County.
Mr. Camechis requested cremation and a private family service at his residence. The family requests that any contributions or donations be directed to Fair HoPe Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.
Online condolences can be made at: www.boringsherdianfuneralhomes. com