BRISTOLVILLE - Laurence Berdale Gonya Jr., 72, 1826 Bristol Champion Townline Road, died at 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren following an extended illness.
He was born July 6, 1940, in Port Clinton, the son of Laurence B. and Evelyn Dobway Gonya Sr. After his mother's death, he was raised by his grandparents, Clarence and Minnie Gonya.
Mr. Gonya retired as a truck driver and was of the Catholic faith. He served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Barbarann Marvel Gonya; two daughters, Vanicia Maximovich and Kristina Gonya, both of Bristolville; one brother, Kenneth Gonya of Lima; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were handled by the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Home.