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The Rev. James F. Trick, 78, passed away at 1:13 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at the Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born on Sept. 18, 1934, in Dayton, the son of Lawrence and Bertha (Schnorr) Trick and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by his siblings, Sister Teresa OSF of Oldenburg, Ind., Herman Trick of Dayton, Edward (Jacqueline) Trick of Arcanum, William (Joanne) Trick of Kettering, Robert Trick of Cincinnati, and sisters-in-law Ann of Kettering, Judi of Dayton, and Jacque of Vandalia.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters in law; Leo Trick, Leonard (Betty) Trick, Larry Trick, Louis Trick and Henrietta Trick.
Fr. Trick did his preparatory studies at St. Gregory Seminary. He studied theology at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West in Norwood. He was ordained on May 28, 1960, at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati by Archbishop Alter.
During his 53 years as a priest, Fr. Trick served in many capacities. On May 15, 1960, he began his first assignment as assistant at St. Lawrence parish in Cincinnati. In August 1960, he was appointed as an assistant pastor at St. Elizabeth parish in Norwood, where he served until 1967.
While at Norwood, Fr. Jim was also a teacher at Purcell (1960-1965) and Regina High Schools (1965-1967). From 1967-68, he served as an assistant pastor at St. Mary’s Parish, Middletown, where he also was a chaplain at the local hospital and a teacher at Middletown Fenwick. In 1968, he was Director of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. In 1969, Father was an assistant pastor at Sr. Francis de Sales, Cincinnati, and was a teacher at Elder High School.
From 1970-75, he served as a full-time associate pastor at St. Francis De Sales and from early 1975-76 he served as a substitute pastor for the following parishes; St. Louis of North Star, St. Remy of Russia, St. Paul of Yellow Springs, St. Helen’s and Miami Valley Hospital of Dayton, Providence Hospital of Cincinnati, St. Agnes, of Cincinnati and Holy Angels of Sidney.
He served as co-pastor of Holy Angels in Sidney from 1976-84 and became pastor of Holy Redeemer in New Bremen (1984-1996) and he served two terms as the head of the St. Mary’s Deanery. From 1996-98, he served as a temporary associate pastor of St. Mary in Greenville. In 1998, he was pastor of St. Lawrence of Rhine and Immaculate Conception of Botkins until his retirement in 2002.
After his retirement in 2002, he resided at Indian Lake. He was a member of the Indian Lake Knights of Columbus. Later he moved to Maria Stein, and helped reopen the Maria Stein Spiritual Center. In his later years, he resided at the Carthagena Senior Retirement Center and most recently at the Briarwood Village in Coldwater.
Earlier in his priesthood, Fr. Trick studied art under Paul Chitlau and Frank and Dianne McElwain in Cincinnati. Over the years, he created many spiritual paintings. His favorite divinely inspired piece of work was entitled “Gentle Love.” Fr. Jim’s other interests included photography, fishing and gathering with friends. He directed youth and adult retreats. He led the Monday night prayer team in St. Henry for many years. He also presided at Faith Rallies and Healing Services at the Spiritual Center in Maria Stein. He ministered by using humor and his creative talents in teaching and leading people in Pentecostal prayer. He blessed many people throughout his years of being a faithful servant to the Lord.
Reception of the Body Service will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, 120 S. Eastmoor Dr., New Bremen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, New Bremen, The Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, officiant, and the Rev. Thomas Mannebach, Rev. Jerry Buschur and Rev. Greg Bornhorst, concelebrating.
Burial will follow in the Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home of New Bremen is handling the arrangements. Condolences to the family may be left at GilbergHartwigFh.com.