James Lee “Jim” Settlemire, 90

James Lee “Jim” Settlemire, 90, formerly of Lima, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014, at Otterbein – St. Marys.

He was born on Oct. 1, 1923, in Perry Township, Allen County, to Chester and Dolly (Marshall) Settlemire.

On Nov. 9, 1944, in Sloan,  Iowa, he married Patricia Clark, who survives at Otterbein – St. Marys.

He is also survived by  daughter Mary Claire (Tom) Rampe  of Celina; two sons, James P. (Pat) Settlemire  of Loveland and Michael D. (Marijo) Settlemire  of Huntsville, Ala.; nine grandchildren, Kelly Myers, Christopher Rampe, Patricia Rampe, Jennifer Badger, Jessica Hazelwood, Jim Settlemire, Matthew Settlemire, Michel Wynn and Melinda Settlemire and a sister, Donna M. Kerr  of Menomenee Falls, Wis.

Jim was also blessed with 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Dolly Settlemire, infant son Joseph Settlemire, sister Margurite Kehres and brother Donald L. Settlemire.

He was a graduate of Shawnee High School. He then enlisted in the Army Air Force during World War II, serving as a B-17 pilot flying 22 missions over Germany. Mr. Settlemire served 35 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as lieutenant colonel.

He was engaged in dairy farming and later owned Courtesy Motors in Lima.

He was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church, where he volunteered many years with the men’s breakfast, and was a strong supporter of Lima Central Catholic High School while his children attended and many years after. In addition, he was a member of VFW,  BPOE 54,  the Reserve Officers Association. He served as a volunteer fireman for Perry Township and also served on the Allen County Soil and Water Conservation board of supervisors.

Jim dearly loved his family, and supported his nine grandchildren through their many activities and attended each of their graduations from high school and college in eight states.

His retirement years were spent together with Patricia traveling around the country in their RV, and spending the winter months in Florida. Each year, they also planted a huge vegetable garden and delighted sharing the fresh produce with neighbors and friends.

A memorial mass will be scheduled at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lima at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be directed to St. John’s Catholic Church or the Perry Township Fire Department.

Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.

Arrangements are entrusted to Miller Funeral Homes in St.Marys.