James T. Hackworth

August 25, 1923 ‒ December 23, 2015

Marion, Ohio

James T. Hackworth, (The Ditcher Man), age 92, of Marion went home to be with Jesus on December 23, 2015, with his wife by his side.

James was born on August 25, 1923 at Royalton, KY, the son of James Elliott Hackworth and Stella (Marshall) Hackworth. Survivors besides his wife, June, are: four children, Jerry (Debbie) Hackworth, Texas, Perry (Diane, girlfriend), Kathy Ward,  Michael Hackworth, both of Findlay, Ohio; one step-daughter and two step-sons, two sisters, Noretta (Don) Russell, Michigan, Joilene (Al) Yeager, Arkansas, two brothers, Don (Margaret) Hackworth, Arkansas, Ron (Lynn) Hackworth, Michigan, seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-grand child.

James worked various jobs over the years: Davis Besse, Michigan Foundry, running heavy equipment on the Ohio Turnpike. In earlier years, James worked for Howard Walton, who owned many farms in Ohio and Michigan. Howard taught James about surveying the land, farm drainage and running heavy equipment. James also attended classes in laser technology in Englewood, Ohio.

In 1970, James originated his own drainage business with his own working crew. Since 1970, James had worked in eight counties in Ohio doing farm drainage. After retiring, people would come from miles around to get James’ expertise in drainage. He loved the running of heavy equipment, nature, the land and surveying.

James was a former member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of God in Carey, Ohio, where he taught Sunday School, and was in the ministry for 34 years. He loved to read his Bible and to listen to gospel music.

James was a hard working individual, honest and loved the Lord. James surely will be missed by family and friends.  He was a good husband, father and friend to people who knew him.

Funeral services for Mr. Hackworth will be at Denzer-Farrison- Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center Street, Marion, Ohio. Visitation will be at the funeral home Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from  10:30 am – 12 noon with a 12 noon service. Interment will be at Grand Prairie Cemetery following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Bridge Hospice at Blanchard Valley Hospital: 1900 S. Main Street, Findlay, Ohio, 45840.

Denzer-Farions-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hackworth Family and online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • June,
    So sorry to here about Jim i am sure he is very happy where he has gone.Jim was a very good and Godly man.I know he will be missed by many.Take care friend.
    Paul and Sandy McKenzie

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Buster. I didn’t know he was ill. He is with his brothers and sisters now in sure he and daddy are having a blast. My prayers are with you. I love you.. Gloria

  • Family,
    All of you are in the Tate family’s prayers. May God be your guiding light .
    God has one of His children to help others now. Our prayers and thought are with you all and know that our love for the family is always there.
    God bless you all.

    Tina and the rest of the family

  • Jerry, Perry; Mick and Kathy- so very sorry to hear about your dad. Can’t make service but thinking about you all.

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of Buster he was a great man and friend to our family , My parents thought a lot of him as a good neighbor and a man of God !
    He will be missed .
    Steve Crace and family

  • Dear Jerry and Perry,

    So sorry to read of your father’s passing in the Findlay newspaper. I never knew him; but from reading his story, he must have been a good role model for you all.

    May your good memories comfort you in your loss.

    Colene Wiseley Hauenstein

    p.s. Jerry — Really enjoyed catching up with you at the class reunion this fall.