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James L. "Jim" Gass, 76, of rural Markle passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was born on July 11, 1941, a son of the late Herbert and Erma (Walker) Gass. He worked in carpentry, retiring from Kinder Builders and was also a lifelong farmer. He was a member of the NW Indiana Beekeepers Association, Fort Wayne Metaphysical Church, and American Legion. He enjoyed ballroom dancing and participating in the many activities that came along with being a Wells County Master Gardener including the local farmers market. Surviving family include his wife, Detta Gass; children, Sherri (Gail Hartman) Brugh, Serena (Andy) Marczak, Timothy (Tammy) Gass, Herb (Jana) Gass, Jenny (Chris) Peacock; 13 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; sisters, Bernice Huggins and Ruth Ann Ellis; and brother, Roy (Mary Guthrie) Gass. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his brothers, Arthur, Carl, and Glenn Gass; step-daughter, Lena Joy Harrison Dean; and step-son, Bennett L. Harrison. Memorial service will be 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill St., Ossian with a gathering of friends and family starting at 1:00 pm. Memorial may be made to the NW Indiana Beekeepers Association.