James Anthony Wisenbarger

March 30, 1926 ‒ October 20, 2007

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: James Anthony “Jim” Wisenbarger, 81, of Ramsey Road, Butler, died Saturday evening October 20, 2007 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.

He was born March 30, 1926 in Noble County to John and Tillie (Abrams) Wisenbarger, and was graduated from Senecaville High School in 1944.

Heeding the call of his country, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy directly upon graduation from high school. His service in the Pacific Theater included a tour into Nagasaki, Japan just three days after the atomic bomb, retrieving American prisoners-of-war.

A machinist in the Navy, he furthered his technical training under the GI bill, and had lived in Richland County since WWII.

For 12 years he worked on the production line with the Westinghouse Company. In 1959 a production position opened-up with the Hi-Lo Trailer Company in Butler. Jim accepted that position, and nearly 30 years later retired from Hi-Lo as Production Foreman.

He was a member of Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion, Bellville, attended Mount Sinai United Methodist Church, Butler and co-founded the Butler Horseshoe Club: Jim loved pitching horseshoes, whether it was weekly on the Butler town square, or at the Prairie Peddler, he was typically organizing the match.

An amateur naturalist, Jim knew every tree in the forest, and every birdcall in the valley. “There wasn’t much about nature you couldn’t ask him.” Jim could walk through a woods once, and know his way again, every time ~ even in the pitch dark.

Jim had given up hunting in his younger years, but he still enjoyed fishing with the kids. For years he kept a lot at Apple Valley, just to have access to the lake for his pontoon, so he could get to the crappie and pan fish. For small mouth bass he’d head to Kelly’s Island, and the trips to Canada were all about serious fishing ~ Jim was a good fisherman!

He was a big supporter of his wife D’ and her work in and around the Butler community. Jim always “kept the light on” at home while D’ was out for the good of Butler.

Characterized by a great smile, Jim will be remembered by his goodness and kindness to other people, along with his willingness to help.

He is survived by his wife Dolores “ D’ ” (Angione) Wisenbarger, whom he married July 20, 1948; son & daughter-in-law Tony & Pat Wisenbarger of Butler, son Steven Wisenbarger and his companion Michelle Dahl of Butler, and son Bill Wisenbarger of Butler; daughter & son-in-law Kathy & Ron Cook of Mansfield; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a sister & brother-in-law Pat & Clifford Aplin of California; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including a cherished cousin Jim Peterson of Mansfield.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 24, 2007 from 4-7 PM in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the service celebrating the life of Jim Wisenbarger will immediately follow at 7 PM. Pastor Ken Kinley will officiate. Military honors will follow, provided by American Legion Post #535, Bellville.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to the Butler-Clear Fork Nutrition Program may be made at the funeral home.