James Alan Yarger

February 16, 1946 ‒ October 09, 2021

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: James Alan Yarger passed away of a short illness Saturday, October 9, 2021 and was blessed to be surrounded by his family in his home. He was 75.

He was born February 16, 1946 in Richland County to parents Gerald & Eileen (Leedy) Yarger.

James worked with Nelsons Tree Service, LPP and served many Amish families by driving them where they needed to go. He became such good friends with the Amish they became his second family.

If you knew James you knew he enjoyed smoking cigs and drinking his Diet Dew. He was a jeans and boots kind of man who loved the country life and even planted a garden in the summer. He enjoyed being outside and wasn’t afraid of hard work from cleaning his semi-truck, wrenching, cutting trees down and fire wood, mowing, working side jobs or even riding quads, he always had something to do.

Though he may be called “STUBBORN” by some, James never knew a stranger. He cared about others around him and his family was the most important thing in his life! He especially enjoyed getting together with the grandchildren and great grandchildren and telling old stories. Between cookouts and home cooked meals he loved to get together and eat and he would be the one to find the sweet treats as they were his favorite. If he took time to sit down and watch something he would choose an old western movie and he enjoyed watching them over and over again. He will be greatly missed!

He is survived by his daughters Patricia (Greg) Heimbuch and Paula Tollison; grandchildren Kayla (Nick) Rogers, Danielle Hatfield, Jenna Hatfield, Carter Heimbuch, Hunter Tollison and Wyatt Tollison; great-grandchildren Bailee Montgomery, Amelia Rogers and Reid Hatfield.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by grandson Garrett Tollison and son-in-law Scott Tollison.

A graveside service will be held at Bunker Hill cemetery Friday, October 15, 2021 beginning at 2 pm. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Military honors will be performed by Bellville American Legion Post # 535. A luncheon for guests will follow the services.

Contributions in his memory to Autism Speaks may be made online by  clicking here.

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  • We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, we had not talked to Jim in some time. He truly loved his girls and family.

  • Patty and Paula, I’m so so sorry to hear about your Dad, he was such a wonderful person to everyone. I will never forget all the good time’s we all had together, and he’s not a man I will ever forget. I’ve never forgotten any of y’all ❣️ Prayer’s 🙏 for you all!! God bless you girl’s!!🙏💙🙏

  • Patty and Paula and family so sorry for the loss of a good man he was a shit ass some times but that’s why we loved him

  • Jim was a busy guy but always had time to wave and say hi. He will be missed by many. Prayers for the family in there time of comfort.

  • So sorry to hear of your loss. It had been a while since I seen Jim but I will always remember the smile and laugh he always had. We talked old Nelson stories and he always had something fun to share. God bless all of you.

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