James (Big Jim) Paul Wachtman, Defiance, was born on August 23, 1929, in Napoleon, Ohio, to Emma (Bockelman) and Martin Wachtman. He died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.
Big Jim graduated from Perrysburg High School in Ohio. After graduating, he joined the Army Reserves where he was stationed in Louisiana at Fort Campbell. In 1954, Jim married Joann Moore. She passed away in 2009.
Big Jim was also preceded in death by his father, Martin; his mother, Emma; and his great-grandson, Trent David Smith.
Jim and Joann are survived by their two children, Zettia (Allan) Coleman of Defiance, Steven Wachtman of Defiance, and a stepson, Joe (Shirley) Oaks of Toledo. He is also survived by his six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, all in whose lives he was heavily involved. He lived with his best buddy "Cody the Dog," as his constant companion.
SK Hand Tool was a large part of Jim's life. He worked there as a heat treat operator for 47 years prior to retiring. He has always been a wonderful worker and provider for all of his family. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, then St. Stephen Lutheran Church, and lastly, St. John Lutheran Church. Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 25, 2012, from 4-8 p.m. at Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Defiance, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Online condolences can be given at www.HCSFuneralHome.com.