HAMLER -- James "Jim" Schwiebert, 59, of Hamler, died Monday, June 23, 2014.
He was born May 6, 1955, at Henry County Hospital to the late Rudolph and Olga (Junge) Schwiebert. On July 6, 1974, he married Cheryl Woodling. Jim graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1973, and began working at Honneman's Garage, Hamler, until 1986. Since then he was the current police chief and street superintendent of Hamler. He dedicated himself to Hamler village and would rarely like to leave town. He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church, Hamler; retired from Hamler/Marion Township Volunteer Fire Department; Eagles Aerie, Ottawa; and American Leopard Breeders Association.
Jim was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and active with coon hunting, raising and training his own dogs. He enjoyed camping, but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family and watching his adored grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Cheryl; sons, Chad (Danielle) Schwiebert and Ryan (Erin) Schwiebert; grandchildren, Bailey, Mason, Kelsey and Gavin; sister, Jeannette (Dwight) Zeisloft; and brothers, Robert Schwiebert, Marvin Schwiebert and Howard (Deb) Schwiebert.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Schwiebert and Jalaine Mehring; and brother, Ronald.
Services are at 11 a.m. Friday at Hope Lutheran Church, Hamler. Burial follows at Marion Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, with Fireman's Last Call Service at 7 p.m.; and 10-11 a.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the construction of a homerun fence at Hamler ballfield in memory of Jim.