Floren V. James, 91, of Huron, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky.
He was born May 10, 1921, in Bairdstown, Ohio, and was a resident of Huron since 1958 coming from Lorain County.
He earned his master’s degree from The Ohio State University. He worked for Hopewell-Loudon High School, Bascom, Ohio, as a teacher for four years, then Perrysburg High School for a year, and then for The Ohio State University, Cooperative Extension Service as county agricultural agent, associate professor, for 25 years in Ottawa, Lorain and Erie counties.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as an electrician’s mate 1st Class, aboard the USS Wilkes, DD441 in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters of WW II.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Huron; a member of the Sandusky Rotary Club; past president of Erie County Regional Planning Commission; past president of the Ohio County Extension Agents Association; American Legion; past president of Huron Joint Port Authority; Eire County Historical Society; Firelands College McBride Arboretum Committee; director of Erie County 4H Camp for 25 years; president of Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Reserve; Erie County Farm Bureau; a volunteer for the Sandusky Merry-Go-Round Museum; and a member of the Erie County Heritage Society.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary (Brechmacher); a daughter, Elizabeth Ann (Steve) Alexander of Torrance, Calif.; a son, David Floren James, of Memphis, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Mathew Clay and Tyler James Alexander.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Orval and Judith Lillian (Hull) James; a twin sister, Ann Cummings; and brothers, Edward andJames.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at First Presbyterian Church, 225 Williams St., Huron, with Clair Brewer officiating. A social gathering will take place after the service at the church. A private committal service will be at Scott Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Back To The Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, 44824.
Condolences may be shared at fosterfh.com. Foster Funeral Home & Crematory, Huron, is handling arrangements.