James W. Imke Sr., 83, of Catawba Island, died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at his residence.
He was born May 24, 1926, in Seneca County, a son of Edward and Leona (Zehs) Imke. On June 29, 1952, he married Eleanor (Trudel) and she survives.
James served in the U.S. Army from 1951-57 and during his service was stationed in Salzburg Austria for three years and at Fort Knox, and was a member of CONARC. James was a farmer, was employed at Bay Billets in Sandusky and retired from Ford Motor Company in 1992.
He was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, local 1215, American Legion of Port Clinton and the Oak Harbor Conservation Club. His passion was hunting and fishing and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He had a huge heart and took into his family numerous youngsters and treated them as his own.
In addition to his wife, James is survived by sons, John E. Imke of Marblehead, Daniel S. Imke of Maplewood, Ohio, and Andrew Imke of Lacey, Wash.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and three sisters, Laura Rice of Milan, Ruth Tucker of South Hill, Va., and Paulie Kowaleski of Castle Gate, Colo.
James was preceded in death by two sons, James W. Imke Jr. and David M. Imke and two brothers, George and John.
Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home, 1124 Fulton St., Port Clinton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Resurrection Lutheran Church. The Rev. Dr. Kurt Borows will officiate. Burial will follow in Catawba Island Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church of one's favorite charity.
Condolences may be shared at neideckerleveckcrosser.com.