James A. “Jamie” Durnwald, 75, of Clyde, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, in Firelands Regional Medical Center.
He was born at home on July 3, 1937, in Vickery, Ohio, to Alfred and Cecelia (Kromer) Durnwald. Jamie went to school in one-room schoolhouses throughout Vickery and Riley Township and graduated from Fremont Ross High School in 1955. He grew up attending St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clyde.
He went on to serve our country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked at Whirlpool Corp. for 45 years, mostly as an electrician, and retired in 2000. Jamie enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, bird watching, fishing, hunting, and traveling. He was an avid Indians and Browns fan. He especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Clyde Eagles, where he served as president and treasurer, Clyde Moose, and Clyde VFW. He served on the board of directors of the Clyde-Findlay Area Credit Union for 35 years. Through out his life James was very active in the Boy Scouts, especially Troop 320 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
On Aug. 6, 1988, he married Ruth A. (Young) Durnwald and she survives in Clyde. Also surviving are his children, Mark Durnwald of Clyde and Melissa (John) Consolo of Bellevue; grandchildren, Anthony and Chelsie Consolo, and Whitney and Markie Durnwald; step children, Douglas (Leslie) Frater of Texas and Stacey (Kelly) Koselke of Clyde; step grandchildren, Jacob and Nathan Frater, and Jaret and Connor Koselke; and his sister, Rita Myers of Beloit, Ohio.
Jamie was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard, Robert and William Durnwald.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, 218 S. Main St., Clyde, where Eagles services will be held at 6 p.m. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clyde. Burial will follow in McPherson Cemetery with military graveside services provided by the Clyde VFW and American Legion.
Memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Boy Scout Troop 320 or to Clyde FFA.
Condolences may be shared at auxterfuneralhomes.com.