His niece, Nancy Arp, preceded him in death.
He enjoyed walking and he loved to work on cars. He attended the Baptist church.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Gates of Cleveland; his stepdaughters: Angie Beavers, June Montgomery and Janice Settlers, all of Cleveland, and Claudine Montgomery of Georgia; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters: Edna Ballew and her husband, Wallace, of Cleveland, and Barbara Ellis and her husband, Thomas, of Birchwood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
The Remembrance of Life Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, from the Wildwood Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral Homes with the Rev. Jerry Herron officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The Memorial book may be viewed and signed at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.