James Edward Krebs

August 21, 1925 ‒ April 05, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

James Edward Krebs, age 94, of Sunbury, died peacefully on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his home.  Born August 21, 1925 in Columbus to the late Albert J. and Katherine (Distelzweig) Krebs.

A proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Jim served in WWII and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star.

Jim earned his Electrical Engineering Degree from Franklin University and went on to have a long career with WCOL Radio and Rockwell International.  After retirement Jim remained active as a school bus driver for Westerville City Schools and as a Greeter at Meijer in Westerville.  Additionally, he would often give presentations about WWII to schools and participated in many Veteran’s Day Commemorative Services.

Jim was very social and would boast he “never met a stranger”.  Likewise, Jim was well respected and loved by many.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Jean Krebs; twin brother, John “Jack” Krebs;, brothers, Albert and Robert Krebs; sister, Evelyn Rainier.  He is survived by devoted daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Daryl Diller of Sunbury; grandsons, Ron (Amber) Stein and their children, Lindsey and James of Johnstown, and Andy Stein of Worthington; sister, Mary Kay Fisher of Dayton; step-granddaughter, Jessica Diller and step-great-granddaughter, Hope Broyles both of Marengo.

Graveside Service at 2 PM on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Obetz Cemetery, 4455 Obetz Road, Obetz, OH.  Pastor Ken Muller officiating.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Krebs family.  Please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • My deepest condolences to you and the family, he was such an amazing man, he loved everyone and everything! He loved his Daughter so much!

    We love you Debbie and family

    Charles and Cindy Russell

  • Debbie & family – I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a great man. I always admired his sincere love for our Lord.

  • So sorry Debbie but he is at peace in heaven. What a celebration that must be up there. Love you
    Jody, Nikki, Fred, and Mason Hart

  • Debbie,
    Your father was a very special soul. My late husband and I came to know him when he was a greeter at the Meijer’s store in Westerville. My husband really enjoyed talking to Jim and hearing his war stories, and I loved the hugs he gave me. I will always remember Jim with fondness.

  • Sorry for your loss Debbie. It’s been an honor to grow up knowing him and having him as my VBS teacher so many years ago. Always looked forward to seeing him at church and getting hugs from him. Looking forward to hugs from when when we are reunited again in heaven. Love you all.
    Judy McConnell

  • Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. He was such an honorable man, who loved the Lord above all else. He is now in the presence of our Heavenly Father and surrounded by his loved ones. He is happy! Even though we can’t physically be at the service, everyone who knew Jim will be there in spirit.

  • Debbie and Family,
    My most sincere sympathy goes out to you and your family .. You’re Dad was a most wonderful man and I feel honored to have known him.
    He was an exemplary soldier and I thank you for his service to our country.My father was so proud to serve in WWll..just as your Dad was too..
    Much love and many prayers during this trying time.🇺🇸💗

  • It was so sad hearing of your dads passing. I enjoyed seeing him & his wonderful smile at the bus garage, and after he retired, I found myself going to Meijers more often to say hello to him!
    He will be missed!

  • Debbie your Dad was a great person always liked talking with him He lived a long life and left a good impression behind. It’s not what we take with us when we die it’s the good we leave behind.

  • To Debbie & Family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was such an incredible human being and we absolutely adored him. While we are so sad, it gives us some peace to know that he’s finally home with his beautiful wife, brothers and family. We will miss him so much…I hope he knew how much he meant to us.

    Please reach out to us if we can do anything to help you during this time.

    Jim, Susan, James & Melissa Throckmorton.

  • We had the gift of living next door to Mr. Krebs for these last 16 years. He radiated joy, genuinely loved everyone and was one of the most Christ-like people I’ve ever met. He was a legend and we loved him dearly. Prayers for the family and those who miss this precious soul.

  • We are so sorry for your loss, Debbie! We have only known Jim for a short time, but quickly came to love and respect him! We will surely miss him but feel so blessed to have known him! He was a very special man and will hold a special place in our hearts! With heartfelt prayers, Mary Boucher == Dawn’s mom

  • Debbie and Family, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad/grandpa. He was such a dear, kind and thoughtful man. We admired his love for our Lord and the wonderful witness he was for Him! We will miss him a lot! But, we are so happy for him to be reunited with your mom! May God bless you and fill you with His love through this difficult time!


  • Debbie and Family,
    Our deepest and sincere sympathy to all of you. Jim was such a wonderful and positive person, and we were honored and blessed to have known him. He was an amazing Christian witness, a humble servant, a prayer warrior, and his love for the Lord was genuine. Despite all that he has been through, he did not allow Satan to steal his joy. He was a friend to all. We will miss his smile, hugs, and his friendship. Our prayers are with you all.

    God Bless

  • Debbie and family,

    I am saddened by the passing of this great man. It was always a pleasure to talk with him. His story is one of which a powerful movie could be made. We owe Jim much for his WW II sacrifice and for his everyday life. Jim was always a person through which Christ’s light shown. I am very thankful to have known him and will miss him a lot. God bless you all.

  • Debbie I’m sorry of the passing of your Dad. He was an awesome guy. I remember when he worked at Meijers I would walk in he would greet me , and we would stand there and talk while my wife would shop, and he always said hi to me whenever he would see me. Our prayers are with your family.

    Mick Holly and family

  • We are so very sorry for your loss. He was so very loved and such a man of honor and of God. He is smiling from above I have no doubt reunited with his twin Jack. ❤️ Many prayers for you all – he will he missed by so many . – The Dawson’s ( Shawn , Jen , Olivia &Ella )

  • My condolences to your family. I am sad I did not know him more than his friendly smile and welcome when I walked into Meijer. He was my favorite part of every trip to Meijer. There is a special place in heaven for this sweet man.

  • Dear Debbie & family,

    I was so honored to be a part of your dad’s care team. He was an amazing man who always made everyone feel loved! Whenever we left, he always made sure to say, “God bless you and you know I love you!” The graveside service was very much a blessing and testimony to your dad and he would be so honored and humbled. I will truly miss him!

    Dawn Giehl

  • Deb, Daryl and family

    He leaves a big hole in everyone’s heart. So sad to see him go but glad to know where he is gone.

    Thank you for the honor to conduct his military service as limited as it was.

    Richard and Sharon Doritty

  • Jim and Jean were always very nice to me in the 80s when I was growing up and attending Sunbury COC. My dad told me of Jim’s passing earlier tonight, I’m sorry for your loss.

  • My wife and I had the privilege of meeting Jim on a memorial Day several years ago at our local Meijer’s store here in Westerville. He told us his story of WII including the loss of his twin brother and his action at the Battle of The Bulge. His story also included the nameless big red haired Sargent that helped to save his life. My wife and I were both in tears. We thanked Jim as best we could. Jim was also a guest speaker at a local wives club luncheon a couple of years later where he again told us his story of WII.

    It is men like your father that saved our country! We can never thank those men enough for the sacrifices they made to keep us free. There is certainly a place in Heaven for Jim.

    Please remember he was a true hero! My wife and I will always remember Jim! We were blessed to have known him!