"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give on that day." Timothy II 4:7-8
James Edward "Jim" Dingus, of Defiance, went home to be with the Lord on Wednes-day, May 14, 2014, surrounded by his loving family after a long illness.
Jim was born November 29, 1950, in Nickelsville, Va. He attended Nickelsville and Twin Springs High and Virginia Highlands Community College before moving to Defiance, Ohio, to work for General Motors Company. He was a member of the UAW, worked as a fork-truck driver and served several years as a committeeman, the last six years in communications. He retired in 2006 after 35 years of service.
He is survived by his devoted loving wife of 43 years, Patricia (Boyer) Dingus; son, Ronald Baine Dingus, Defiance, Ohio; two grandchildren, Macey and Tristen Dingus of Defiance. Survivors also include one brother, Del (Yoshiko) Dingus, San Luis Obispo, Calif.; three sisters, Shirley (Buford) Meade, Nickelsville, Va., Linda Dingus, Kingsport, Tennessee, and Carolyn Dingus (George) Maggard, Nickelsville, Va.; sisters-in-law, Shelby Singleton, Surfside Beach, S.C., Mary Boyer (Johnny) Davis, Galax, Va., Jerri Dingus, Defiance, and Louise Dingus, Bristol, Va.; several nieces and nephews and a host of special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Abie L. and Lillie Mae Qualls Dingus; brothers, A. L. Dingus Jr., Robert E. Dingus, William Ray "Bill" Dingus, and Donald Bane Dingus; and one sister, Dorothy Leonard.
Jim was a devoted NASCAR fan and loved going to the races. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved running, hunting and fishing and especially taking family and friends on trips on Lake Erie. His greatest joy in recent years was going to the ballfields to watch his grandchildren Macey and Tristen play ball.
Family and friends will always remember his great gift of telling stories and his ability to always make us laugh. He simply made all around him feel good. He truly enjoyed life and wanted to bring that joy to everyone he was around.
The family would like to especially thank Dr. Rej Gunda, MD, and her staff as well as Dr. Gary Okuley, MD, for their services and support. A special thank you to the Defiance Hospice Center and all the visiting nurses.
A celebration of his life will take place Wednesday, May 21, 2014, with a memorial service at 5:30 p.m. at Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance, with Pastor Ben Polzin officiating. Jim's family will receive friends from 2-5 p.m. at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests special donations may be made to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. Condolences to the family may be shared at www.lawsonroessner.com.