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Virgil M. Dobbins

Virgil M. Dobbins, 71, of Grafton Township, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, October 25, 2007, following a short illness.

He was born in Newton, West Virginia and had been a resident of Grafton Township since 1990, moving from Sheffield Lake. He previously lived in Cleveland.

Mr. Dobbins worked for Ferro Corporation in Cleveland for 33 years, retiring in January 1999.He was a member of Christian Unity Church, North Eaton, and loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was an accomplished musician, playing many different string instruments, with the Dobro being his instrument of choice. He played with the Sons of Gospel, John Burke and the Lamen Trio during the 1970's and also played musical accompaniment with other music groups.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Patricia (nee Nichols); sons, William (Judy Lynn) Dobbins of Sheffield Lake, Lucas A. Dobbins (fiancee Mindy) of Elyria; grandchildren, Nicholas, Peyton, Brookelynn and Keith Dobbins; brothers, Junior, Paul, Don, Doc, Denny; sisters, Marjorie, Leona, Mary, Dottie, Gloria, Allie, Frances, Alice; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Dobbins; mother, Leona Gay Dobbins-Lilly; son, Nick in 1996; brothers, William B., Ostel; and a sister, Myrtle.

Friends may call Saturday, October 27, 2007 from 7 to 9 P.M. and Sunday, October 28, 2007 from 2 to 4 P.M at the David Bogner Family Funeral Home, 36625 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, October 29, 2007 at 11 A.M. at Christian Unity Church, 36353 W. Capel Rd., North Eaton. The Rev. Denver Daniel, Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Valley City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ireland Cancer Center Foundation, 41201 Schaden Rd., Elyria, OH 44035. For more information or to send online condolences see

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