James J. Urig, 92, believed to be Elyria’s oldest U.S. Marine,Â passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011, after being at theÂ Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky for the last six weeks
The family will receive friends at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Friday, SeptemberÂ 9, 2011, from 6 to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be Saturday,Â September 10, 2011, in the funeral home at 9:30 A.M., followed by a 10 A.M. Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, 590Â Poplar Street. The Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor,Â will be the Celebrant. Interment, with full military honorsÂ Â provided by the Marine Corps League Detachment #576 andÂ VFW Post 1079, will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.
Jim was born May 15, 1919 in Elyria to Louise (Hennes) andÂ Edward Urig, and graduated from EHS in 1938. He enteredÂ the USMC in April 1942, serving in the Pacific for 22Â months, before becoming an ordinance instructor at Quantico, Virginia.Â He left active service in 1946 as a GunneryÂ Sergeant. He was on reserve duty from 1946-1959. Jim alsoÂ was a letter carrier in Elyria, retiring 1976.
Jim was a past Commandant of the Marine Corps LeagueÂ Detachment 576, 40/8, Post 12 Chaplain, Post 12 ColorÂ Guard, and was Post 12 Man of the Year in 2004. He wasÂ very active in St. Jude’s Church, an usher, one of the original choir members, a Eucharistic Minister, and involved inÂ a number of Catholic Charity Drives and building funds. HeÂ was also an Elyria Catholic Booster Club member for overÂ 50 years, delivered Meals on Wheels, and RSVP, a retiredÂ senior volunteer program where he drove senior citizens toÂ doctor appointments, shopping, and church services. Finally, he was a life member of AmVets, Post 32 and a member of VFW, Post 1079.
He was a kind, selfless, and passionate man who was considered a super patriot. He loved his family unconditionallyÂ and loved helping others.
He is survived by two daughters, Martha C Maxwell, husband, Richard Maxwell of Greensboro, North Carolina andÂ Molly Urig-Roop, husband, Robert of Okemos, Michigan;Â and grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Roop of Okemos, Michigan.Â Â He also has a sister, Mary Lou Wagner of Elyria.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae (Clarke) to whomÂ he was married from 1948-1962; and his siblings, JosephineÂ Ross, Margaret Urig, Bernadine Young, Adelbert (Deb) Urig,Â Richard Urig, and Edward Urig.
Memorials may be made to American Legion, Post 12 or TheÂ Wounded Warriors Project.
Many thanks to the caring staff at Abbewood, where JimÂ lived until earlier this year. Also, a special thank you to hisÂ niece, Barbara Urig Pileski for her extra care and patienceÂ and to Ken Hall of Post 12.
Online condolences for the family may be made atÂ www.reichlinroberts.com.