PARIS TOWNSHIP - Gary Mitchel "Mike" Guinaugh, 71, of Paris Township, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side after a long illness.
Mike was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Warren, the son of Edmond Daniel and Viola Marie Bartholomew Guinaugh. Newton Falls and Paris have been his home all his life.
After graduating high school, Mike joined the Air Force, and after his honorable discharge, he married his loving wife, Linda Kay Jagers, on June 2, 1961.
Mike started work at GM Lordstown in 1966 and was a very active committeeman for the United Auto Workers Local 1112.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent many days in the woods and on the lakes perfecting his skills.
Mike and his family were very active members of St. Michael's Church in Newton Falls and he was the caretaker for the church cemetery for many years. Mike was past president of the Holly Name Society.
He was a coach for the Paris girls softball teams and in the spring, you would find Mike preparing the softball field with his wife Linda's help which was usually on their anniversary.
He was a great dancer and that is how he met Linda when he was 15 years old at a dance and she was 13.
One of Mike's hobbies was looking for arrowheads, in fact he has the oldest arrowhead ever found and registered in Ohio.
Mike had great pride in his Irish heritage and his greatest joy was spending time with his family whether it be working on projects, building and remodeling or at family get togethers. You can tell by the affectionate way his grandchildren refer to him as Poppy that he was a great family man.
Memories of Mike will be cherished by his wife of 52 years, Linda Guinaugh of Paris; his daughter and her companion, Teresa Louise McKenna and Rusty Stolba of Cortland; daughter, Elizabeth Guinaugh Coward of Ravenna; son and daughter-in-law, Michael (Tracy) Guinaugh of Loxahatchee, Fla.; grandchildren, Robert Joseph, Scott Michael and Katherine Teletha Gintert, Courtney Anne Jordan, Megan Sarah, Nicholas Hill and Douglas Taylor Coward, Lindsay Kay Guinaugh, and Michael Jonathan and Matthew Brady Guinaugh; sister, Karen Claude of Brea, Calif.; brother, Regis N. Guinaugh of Warren; and eight great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Patricia Guinaugh; three brothers, David T., Edmond D. and Paul L. ''PJ'' Guinaugh.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls. Father will have a Panachida service at 8 on Thursday at the James Funeral Home, and Panachida at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Newton Falls. The Rev. Andrew Deskecich will be officiating.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, Ohio 44444; 330-872-5440. Family and friends can view the complete obituary online or send condolences to the family at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com .