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James J. Urig

James J. Urig, 92, believed to be Elyria’s oldest U.S. Marine,  passed away Sunday, September 4, 2011, after being at the  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, September  9, 2011, from 6 to 8 P.M. Closing prayers will be Saturday,  September 10, 2011, in the funeral home at 9:30 A.M., followed by a 10 A.M. Mass at St. Jude Catholic Church, 590  Poplar Street. The Reverend Father Frank P. Kosem, Pastor,  will be the Celebrant. Interment, with full military honors   provided by the Marine Corps League Detachment #576 and  VFW Post 1079, will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Elyria.

Jim was born May 15, 1919 in Elyria to Louise (Hennes) and  Edward Urig, and graduated from EHS in 1938. He entered  the USMC in April 1942, serving in the Pacific for 22  months, before becoming an ordinance instructor at Quantico, Virginia.  He left active service in 1946 as a Gunnery  Sergeant. He was on reserve duty from 1946-1959. Jim also  was a letter carrier in Elyria, retiring 1976.

Jim was a past Commandant of the Marine Corps League  Detachment 576, 40/8, Post 12 Chaplain, Post 12 Color  Guard, and was Post 12 Man of the Year in 2004. He was  very active in St. Jude’s Church, an usher, one of the original choir members, a Eucharistic Minister, and involved in  a number of Catholic Charity Drives and building funds. He  was also an Elyria Catholic Booster Club member for over  50 years, delivered Meals on Wheels, and RSVP, a retired  senior volunteer program where he drove senior citizens to  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 unconditionally  and loved helping others.

He is survived by two daughters, Martha C Maxwell, husband, Richard Maxwell of Greensboro, North Carolina and  Molly Urig-Roop, husband, Robert of Okemos, Michigan;  and grandsons, Ryan and Kyle Roop of Okemos, Michigan.   He also has a sister, Mary Lou Wagner of Elyria.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mae (Clarke) to whom  he was married from 1948-1962; and his siblings, Josephine  Ross, Margaret Urig, Bernadine Young, Adelbert (Deb) Urig,  Richard Urig, and Edward Urig.

Memorials may be made to American Legion, Post 12 or The  Wounded Warriors Project.

Many thanks to the caring staff at Abbewood, where Jim  lived until earlier this year. Also, a special thank you to his  niece, Barbara Urig Pileski for her extra care and patience  and to Ken Hall of Post 12.

Online condolences for the family may be made at

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