James J. Schlegel, 93, of Defiance, passed away Monday, December 17, 2012, at Mercy Defiance Hospital.
He was born January 6, 1919, to John and Agnes (Klein) Schlegel in Defiance, Ohio. He married Ava Slater in 1949 and she preceded him in 1998. James is survived by two sons, James M. (Donna) Schlegel of Defiance, and Kerry (Melanie) Schlegel of Van Wert; three daughters, Vicki (Joe) Bailey of Williamsburg, Va., Nancy (Bob) Nadeau of Defiance, and Lori Schlegel of the state of Hawaii; a niece, Betty Schlegel of Defiance; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ava Schlegel; a granddaughter; and a brother, Robert Schlegel.
James was a member of St. John's Catholic Church. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran serving with the 65th Troop carrier squadron in SW Pacific as communications chief. He was a life member of VFW Post 3360 and Eagles BPOE 372 and worked for Metro Office Supply in Defiance as a repairman.
Visitation will be held Thursday, December 20, 2012, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at noon at St. John's Catholic Church, Defiance, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery where military graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.
Memorials are suggested to St. John's Catholic Church. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.