James A. Knallay, 80, of Sandusky, passed away Monday, July 16, 2007, at his home.
He was born Dec. 24, 1926, in East Cleveland, and served in the U.S. Navy. James served as an Erie County Deputy Sheriff for five years before joining the Milan Police Department, where he served for 12 years, with the last three years as chief. He retired in 1973 after open heart surgery. He attended Edison Memorial United Methodist Church, Milan, and was a member of American Legion Post 527, Milan, and Milan Lodge 239 F. & A.M.
James is survived by his wife, Kathryn "Kay" (Reider) Knallay, whom he married in 1977; daughters, Jeanie Holzmiller and LuAnn Gatton, both of Norwalk; son, James W. Knallay, Bradner, Ohio; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Linda Knallay; his parents, William and Lucille (Misner) Knallay; sister, Elsie Mason; and brother, Robert Knallay.
There will be no visitation. At his request cremation has taken place at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; Erie County Health Dept., 420 Superior St., Sandusky, OH 44870 or to one's favorite charity.
Condolences may be sent to toftfh.com.