James 'Jim' Watson


James "Jim" Lee Watson, 74, of Defiance, passed away on August 21, 2014, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.

He was born on June 6, 1940, to Harold Watson and Katherine Paonessa in Defiance. On February 15, 1959, he married Ethelyne "Dee" Smith. Jim retired from GM in 2000 after 35 years of service. He loved football and baseball. Jim was an avid Defiance sports fan, especially the Defiance Bulldogs football team. He was a past member of the Bulldog Boosters. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ethelyne; son, Greg Watson of Defiance; daughter, Lorie (John) Henderson of Garrett, Ind.; and grandchildren, Emilie (Andrew) Zeller of West Lafayette, Ind., Mollie Watson of Toledo, Johnathan Henderson of Garrett, Ind., and Eric Henderson of Waterloo, Ind.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clarence Watson.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 25, 2014, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Schaffer Funeral Home with the funeral services being held at 1 p.m. Deacon Jeff Mayer will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverview Memory Gardens.

The family requests memorials be directed to the Defiance City Schools athletic department. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.

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