EDGERTON -- James L. Newman Sr., 75, of Edgerton, Ohio, died Tuesday afternoon, May 13, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was admitted on Monday, after a brief illness.
Mr. Newman was a 1955 graduate of Edon High School and received an associate degree in diesel engineering in 1995 from Ivy Tech, where he also received an associate degree in accounting. He founded Manufactured Housing Enterprises in 1965, with the motto of "Building Dreams One Home At A Time," and was currently still working in the day-to-day operations as the CEO. His businesses also included JLN Home Builders, JLN, Inc., Northwest Mobile Home Estates, MHE, Inc., and JLN Farms. The business grew into the largest manufactured housing builder in the state of Ohio. Jim was a licensed pilot for 25 years, flying his own plane. He was a member of the Airplane Owners Pilot Association, the Manufactured Housing Board for 15 years, the Manufacturing Housing Institute for 30 years and was treasurer of MHARR for 20 years.
James L. Newman Sr. was born on November 17, 1938, near Edon, Ohio, the son of Carleton C. and LelaMae (Kinnison) Newman. He married Marcella "Marcy" Lucas on December 3, 1960, in Angola, Indiana, and she preceded him death on March 3, 2004.
Survivors include his children, Daniel Newman of Edgerton, Dee (Bruce) Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, Donna (Tom) Haase of Hicksville, Ohio, Dolly (Nick) Shisler of Oakwood, Ohio, Susie (Keven) Miller of Edgerton, MaryJane (Terry) Fitzcharles of Bryan, and Charlie (Robert) Rice of Edgerton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his longtime companion, Suzy Miller and her son Marcus Ryan; one brother, Joseph (MaryLou) Newman, of Bryan, and a sister-in-law, Cheryl Newman, also of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, John Newman; one sister, Jane Youse; a daughter, Deb Kizer; son, James Newman Jr.; and four grandchildren.
Services celebrating the life of James L. Newman Sr. will be held on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Life Changing Realities Fellowship in Edgerton, with Pastor Byron Adams officiating. Visitation will be in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, from 2-8 p.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, and for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Williams County Airport Boosters, American Heart Association or American Diabetes Foundation. To sign the online register or to send condolences, please visit www.krillfuneralservice.com.