James Willman

October 21, 2008

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James E. “Jim” Willman, 74, of Urbana went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.

He was born May 9, 1934 in Urbana, the son of the late Beecher “Bill” and Mildred (Cusick) Willman.

Jim graduated from Urbana Local Schools in 1952 and attended The Ohio State University.

On November 28, 1954 he married Shirley Squire. Jim enjoyed many sports including, fishing, golfing, tennis and racket ball. He loved animals but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Jim was the former owner and operator of Willman Furniture Company. He was also a former School Board member for the Urbana City Schools, member of the Peoples Savings Bank Board of Directors and Urbana Rotary member.

He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley; his daughters, Nancy (David) Ebeling of Suwanee, Georgia, Karen (Jerry) Ireland of Urbana, Linda (Dean) Biddle of Urbana; grandchildren, Brandon “Bo” Ireland, Lissa (Jason) Seesholtz, Kelly (Ashley) Grogan, Bay Ireland, Julie Biddle, Bry Ireland, Michael Biddle; great grandchildren, Leaira Smith, Blayden Seesholtz, Jase Seesholtz: sister, Kay (Don) Long of Urbana; sister-in-law, Anita (Arnie) Nymeyer; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was also preceeded in death by his son, William “Bill” Willman on February 7, 2007; sister-in-law Jackie Eggleston; brother-in-law Sherman Faulkner.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, November 2, 2008 at Vernon Funeral Homes in Urbana. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 3, 2008 at VERNON FUNERAL HOME in Urbana with Pastor Norm Williams officiating. Burial in Oakdale Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Long, David Ebeling, Jerry Ireland, Dean Biddle, Kelly Grogan, Bo Ireland, Bay Ireland, Bry Ireland, Michael Biddle, Scott Long and Jason Seesholtz.

Memorial contributions may be made to either PAWS, 1535 US Highway 36, Urbana, OH 43078 or OSU Surgical-ICU, 410 West 10th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210.

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