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Samuel Jay Markel
(b. Feb. 29, 1916, d. Apr. 10, 2008)

Samuel Jay Markel, 92,
licensed pilot and veteran

ZANESVILLE -- Samuel Jay Markel, 92, former Ashland County resident for many years, died at his home in Zanesville on Thursday April 10, 2008. He was born in Ashland County, Ohio, a son of late Samuel George and Nona May (Sponsler) Markel. He was a graduate of Nova High School.

Jay was a longtime farmer; he also retired from Hydromatic Pump in Ashland. Jay was a licensed pilot, he loved to fly his plane, and he even had his own landing strip on his farm in Ashland County. He flew by himself until he was 85 years of age and after that he enjoyed his flying by flying with other licensed pilots.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, he served in the Medical Corp. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Medina. He was also a lifetime member of the EAA Aviation Club. He is survived by his wife Joan Weeks Markel, they were married on August 29, 1995. Also surviving are two-step daughters, Marilyn (Jack) Coffee of Georgia and Debra (Paul) Greutman of Cincinnati and a step-son Philip (Connie) Cress of Blue Rock, Ohio, his brother, Duff (Mickey) Markel of Ashland, nine step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, his first wife, Ruth Meng Markel died in 1984, his second wife Alice Blessing Markel died in 1992, two sisters, Ola and Laura and four brothers, Oscar, Ross, Lee and Fuller, all preceded him in death.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday April 14, 2008 at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Nankin Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday afternoon April 13, 2008 at the funeral home from 2-4 PM. The family suggests that Memorial Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, Inc., North Region, 10501 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 or to the Alzheimer?s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter, 1 Marion Avenue, Suite 308 Mansfield, Ohio 44903.

Source: family website


Revision: 11/14/2011