Jay Harple, 68, of Malvern, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Aultman Compassionate Care Center in Canton after a long battle with illness. Born May 5, 1947,
he was a son to the late James and Eva (Loutzenhiser) Harple of Malvern. Jay was the owner of Harple Oil Company, where he began helping his father with the family business at the a
ge of eight until his retirement in 2002. He was a 1965 graduate of Malvern High School, a former member of the Malvern Volunteer Fire Dept. and Malvern Jaycees. He attended St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Minerva Community Church of the Christian Missionary Alliance and most recently Minerva Great Trail Church of God.
Jay is survived by the love of his life, Cathy (Brunk) Harple, his wife of 31 years, whom he married Sept. 24, 1983; son, John William Harple of Canton, who was the light of his life; sister-in-law, Judy (Phillip) Rufener of Malvern; two brothers-in-law, Richard (Miriam) Brunk of Dover and David (Lynn) Kirk of Bethel Park, PA; nephews, Daniel (Angela) Kirk of Angier, NC, Brian (Rebecca) Kirk of Pittsburgh, PA, Richard (Melinda) Rufener of Massillon, Christopher (Maria) Rufener of North Olmsted, OH; nieces, Sally (Robert) Menefee of New Philadelphia, Wilma Yoder of Hartville, and Amy (Todd) Dennis of East Sparta; 28 great nieces and nephews; and numerous cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Kirk. Funeral services were held Aug. 15 in Minerva Great Trail Community Church of God with Rev. Stan Hunter officiating. Burial was in German Cemetery in Mineral City. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com.