James D. Fathbruckner

July 23, 1957 ‒ January 14, 2018

Ostrander, Ohio

James D. Fathbruckner, age 60 of Ostrander passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at St. Ann’s Hospital as a result of pancreatic cancer.

He was born on July 23, 1957 in Delaware to James A. and Mary D. (Egger) Fathbruckner of Delaware. A 1975 graduate of Buckeye Valley High School, he was a people person. With a desire to help individuals, he enjoyed managing people because it allowed him to take care of them. Regardless of the job, he took personal responsibility to care for those he came into contact with.

James lived his life, focused on the right stuff. A true conversationalist, he was easy to befriend and gifted with the ability to recall the names and details of every conversation. Forever generous and compassionate, he will be remembered for his empathetic ways and time spent with his treasured family and friends. He leaves a legacy of never allowing concern for his popularity to stop him from doing right.

A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Mary Church in Delaware and formerly served on the parish’s council. He was also instrumental in the development of Seton Catholic High School in Richmond, Indiana where he had resided. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1056 and volunteered at fund raising activities.

Since the age of eight, his lifelong passion was raising pigeons. He was currently serving as regional director of the NPA, president of the Rare Breeds Club, member of the Syrian Breeds Club, and president of the former COPFA. His current loft he named the International House of Pigeons.

He was a founding member of the Delaware County Genealogy Society and considered to be the family historian. He used his vast knowledge of the Fathbruckner family tree to bring the generations of his family together. Every aunt, uncle, cousin, niece, and nephew was important to him.

Until the late 1990’s he worked with Schrock Cabinet Company as a sales representative, then was a  global customer service and fleet manger, with Winbook as a customer service manager, and for the past 14 years as a claims specialist with Social Security Department in Marion.

In addition to his parents he is also survived by his beloved wife of 11 years Mary Jane (Demetrio), son Jacob (Sarah) Fathbruckner of Delaware, daughter Rosa “Tillie” Fathbruckner (Joshua Proffitt) of Pittsburg, KS, granddaughters Gracynn and Charlotte, brothers Bryan (Carol) of Delaware, Glenn (Roberta) of Radnor, Rusty (Teresa) Fathbruckner of Delaware, many many god-children, and a large extended family.

Friends and family may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday where Rosary services will follow at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St., Delaware, Ohio 43015. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. on Friday at St. Mary Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware.  Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society in care of the church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Punky he was a very special person and he was a special person to St Mary’s Church so punky you rest now in the arms of your savior Jesus Christ

  • So very sorry to hear of your loss of Jim. He was a consummate gentleman and so kind and knowledgeable about so many topics. I enjoyed working with him on Parish Council in previous years. We offer or sincere sympathy and prayers. He will be sorely missed by so many and leaves behind a legacy of wonderful memories.

  • Little Jim was what I always knew him by name. I was always referred to as Little Dew. Ironic when you think about the fact that neither of us little but rather we were just the opposite I would imagine he felt the same way I did that since we were named after our fathers it was nice to be called that. All my life I found Jim to be such a kind and giving person. He was polite, very articulate and empathetic to the plight of those less fortunate. Reading other memories from above it is clear to see what a major impact he had on family and community. I am sure he was working God’s plan for him and he proved to be a blessing to us all. Jim, say hello to all our family members for me in heaven and when you meet The Lord, put in a good word for me cuz.

  • Jacob and Sarah :
    We are so sorry for your loss. Always remember all of the good times you have had with him. His suffering is all over now. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. From: Roger, Linda, RD & Zue
    The Miller’s

  • Jim’s love for genealogy, pigeons, and John Wayne movies….his corny jokes….the way he could never sing a lullaby twice the same way to our kids…his big heart…his love for his children and grandchildren….so many memories. I’m sure the crowd that greeted you at the pearly gates was big and loud and loving.

  • To the family of James, I am so very sorry to read about your loss. Please take comfort in knowing that our heavenly Father truly loves and cares for you and He will give you the strength needed to cope during this difficult time.
    2 Corinthians 1:3,4

  • My dear friend’s soul now flies with his pigeons, free at last. I will miss you every day I care for my birds. Scott

  • So sorry for your loss Maryjane. He is now pain free with our loving father in heaven. Will be praying for you always. Punky Rest In Peace

  • We are so very sorry for your family’s loss. Losing someone is never easy. At times like these we pray you lean on your faith and try to accept that God has a bigger purpose for us. May the love that surrounds you give you strength.

  • Dear Jacob and Loved Ones,
    My deepest sympathy to you all, Peace Be With You.
    Sincerely, Diane VanDommelen (former co-worker)

  • I am sorry to hear about James untimely passing at a young 60 years of age. Remembering the good times we shared together as boys and young men. Rest in peace.

  • I have known “Punky” all my life. Our parents used to play cards and supposedly we were “crib mates”. Jim was ever so the gentleman. Kind, and never knew a stranger. The world is definitely a better place having had a “Punky” in it and I feel blessed to have known him.
    Joyce Bradford

  • Was so shocked and saddened to see Jimmy’s obituary here! As every one said, he was always so friendly and jolly, a true joy to be around! RIP Jimmy.

  • I worked with and for James at J-Wood, Inc. in Milroy, PA in the late 80’s early 90’s. For some reason he has been on my mind and I decided to see if I could friend him on Facebook. How truly sad I am today to hear of his passing. My deepest sympathy to his family. My memories of him bring a smile to my face. ~ Jayelene ~