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James M. Schleter

October 13, 1937 ~ November 6, 2021 (age 84)

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James M. Schleter, 84, of Lima, passed away on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 7:16 a.m. at his home. He was born on October 13, 1937 in Tiffin, OH to the late Joseph and Cecilia {Keefe} Schleter. He married Eileen Durbin of February 3, 1962, who preceded him in death on May 17, 2019.

James retired from The Ohio State Highway Patrol after 31 years. He then retired from The W.O.R.T.H. Center in Lima after 14 years and later worked as an inspector for Allen County Weight and Measures for 6 years. He also was a lifelong volunteer for St. Vincent De Paul.

He is survived by his children: Greg Schleter, Annette (Brian) McClintock, Dan (Angie) Schleter, Gary Schleter, and David (Teresa) Schleter, grandchildren: Adam Schleter, Allie Schleter, Kyle Schleter, Alyssa Stuber, Joe McClintock, Bob McClintock, Nick Schleter, Luke Schleter, John Schleter, Grace Schleter, Steven Schleter, Tate Schleter, and Trevor Schleter, brothers: Ed, Larry, Joe, and Fred Schleter, sisters: Carolyn (Jack) Metzger, and Janet (Dan) Feasel, and sisters-in-law: Judy Schleter and Donna Durbin.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son: James B. Schleter, granddaughter: Tara Cutlip, sister: Joan (Ralph) Diekman, and brother: Bob Schleter.

A Memorial Mass will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 12, 2021 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Lima. Interment of ashes will be at Gethsemani Cemetery immediately following church service (mass). A celebration of life will be held at Westgate Entertainment Center. 721 N. Cable Rd. at 12:15 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Johns/St. Rose Catholic Church or St. Vincent De Paul. Online condolences may be made by visiting

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Memorial Mass
November 12, 2021

11:00 AM
St. Johns Catholic Church
777 S. Main St.
Lima, OH 45804

Celebration of Life
November 12, 2021

12:15 PM to 7:00 PM
Westgate Entertainment Center

November 12, 2021

11:45 PM
Gethsemani Cemetery (Lima)

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