James “Jim” Wirz

April 16, 1948 ‒ July 27, 2017

Ostrander, Ohio

James A. “Jim” Wirz, 69, of Ostrander, entered into the house of our Lord God on July 27, 2017, after fighting a long, courageous and dignified 10 year battle with cancer.

Jim retired from the United States Army after 24 years of service and sacrifice to his country and later worked as a supervisor with Daido Metal in Bellefontaine.

He was a member of the Hugh L. Bates Masonic Lodge #686 of Hamilton, Ohio and the Bellpoint United Methodist in Delaware, where he was active in the leadership of the church and the Men’s Bible Study.

Jim was a patriot, published author, skilled sharpshooter and accomplished story teller.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially his beloved wife, Avah; daughter, Daria (Heiko) Hilling; sons, James Jr. (Inga) and David (Sieglinde); grandchildren, Nico Sander and Judith and Alexander Hilling; step-sister, Brenda (Richard) Schmid.

He was preceded in death by his mother Patsy Van Asten, his stepfather Al, his father Walter Wirz and his brother Anthony Wirz.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Jim’s life on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware where services will follow at 12:30 pm with Rev. Dr. Paul McCullough officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the services in the Snyder Rodman Community Room. Entombment will held be in Kingwood Memorial Park at 3:00 pm with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim’s memory may be made to the local Disabled American Veterans.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

To share a fond memory of Jim or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Loss…we all experience it in our lives at some point or another. It is also an painful and unfortunate by product of service. We all know those guys that we somehow expect to live forever. My friend Jim was that guy. I met Jim a few years ago on a flight back from a TDY. He was carrying a shadowbox of ribbons and medals that had belonged to his brother whom he had just buried. We struck up and conversation and the rest is history. I tell you this to get to the heart of this, Jim was a giant among men. Serving over 24 years in the Army in some of the most challenging locations on the planet, war and peacetime. Jim was a member of those Long Range Reconnaissance guys during Vietnam. He went on to do other things in his Army career most of us only read about in books and see in movies. He was larger than life and seemed to take all the air out of the room if you were fortunate enough to be in it with him. Jim passed away Thursday after battling another enemy known as illness . Jim was a loving husband, father, brother, a true American Hero, he was my friend. See you on “the Green” brother.”

    “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always give a word or a sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, even a stranger, when in a lonely place. Show respect to all people and grovel to none. When you arise in the morning give thanks for the food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself. Abuse no one and no thing, for abuse turns the wise ones to fools and robs the spirit of its vision. When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.”

    • Thank you for your Heartfelt Comments, for My Brother James❤️
      I Am James’ Sister, Bren.

  • I never got a chance to meet Jim. I was introduced to him through my friend Larry, and all of our contact was through email. We had a lot of great conversations and I learned a lot from Jim. I was hoping to meet with Jim in September of this year. I can not espress how sad I was when I found out he passed. I wish I had gotten the chance to shake his hand and thank him for what he did for our country. And I hope he knows that I love him and I will always honor my fellow brother in arms.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We will miss his conversation and light at church. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim and Avah have been our friends for almost 10 years and they have given us many wonderful memories. Jim shared his books with us and my mother Marilynn (whom he dedicated one of them to) who suggested the idea. Jim was a wonderful conversationalist and story teller. He shared his time and talent generously, coming to my mom’s retirement center to talk to their writing club. His talk was very inspirational that day. Jim’s kindness of spirit and perpetual smile were definitely the light of God shining through him. He proudly wore that cross around his neck and lived its meaning every day. The world has become a little darker and much sadder with his passing but heaven is singing with joy at his arrival. Miss you Jim. We promise to love Avah and be her loyal friends until we all meet again.

    • Thank you so much for your loving and caring words.
      He will always be a Hero to me.
      I am, and will remain- his One and Only Bren

  • One of our “best and favorite” friends. We have the greatest respect and highest regard for Jim. What a valiant fighter and exceptional role model Jim was for all of us who may have to endure illness. We appreciate what Jim showed us and the memories he left us beyond what words say.

    So sorry, Avah. Please call up us anytime, and let us help you with this loss.

    Norm and Vicky Spellman

  • So sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a great American hero, husband, father and friend. When I knew him he had such a kind face and heart, it was hard to believe that he had ever served our country in very dangerous situations.
    Though I did not know him well, I know he will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure and honor of knowing him. My sincere condolences for Ava, his family and friends.

    Kathleen Handley

  • I will say this about my brother Jim. I loved him as any brother could. He was a very wonderful spirit. I enjoyed every moment we did have together and will miss hism and the fun times we had. Jim was a very loving man and shared his love and wisdom with many of those he touched. I know in my heart that, if there is anyone I have ever had in my life. He is the one to truly make it to heaven. My wife his sister, loved him very much and they were as close as a brother and sister could be. We both share the loss and are wth Avah in spirit. She is a perfect Mach and I know she fulfilled Jim as a man they truly were one together. Their love was true and whole. Closing, Jim you are and always will be in our hearts. RIP Brother your brother always until we see each other again. Richard

  • I am so very sorry for your loss.
    I knew Jim, when I was a young teenager, and I met him through his sister, Brenda.
    I know that Jim, is with the Lord, now…..which gives me inner peace, with his
    passing.

  • I had the privilege of working with Jim at Daido Metal, where we all knew him as “Woody”. He was an amazing man and mentor to many, including myself. We cannot thank him enough for what he did for our country. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • I considered Jim my best friend for many years of elementary school and at Antelope Valley high school. Jim and I sang together in the AVHS choir, a folk music trio and Jim, Tony and I were bandmates in a rock band called the Fortay’s. Jim used to call me ‘buckles’ – I never knew how he came up with that nickname. Jim was an amazingly interesting person to be around with an inexhaustible array of stories to tell. I have deep regrets that I let our friendship fade away after high school. I attended our high school reunions faithfully in the hope that I would see him there. With our 50th reunion coming up this October it is poignantly sad that he will not be there.