James Eugene Hines, age 86, formerly of Elida, and a native of Celina, passed away Friday, December 2, 2022, at Elmwood Assisted Living of New Bremen.
He was born June 15, 1936, in Celina, to the late Russell and Fern (Suhr) Hines.
Jim and Phyllis Piper were married on February 23, 1957, and she preceded him in death November 18, 2018.
Surviving are their four children: Debra (William) Hecht of Winter Haven, Florida, Vicki (Ron) Schmidt of Celina, James R. (Sarah) Hines of Sidney, and Jennifer (Rodney) Bryant of Burbank, California; 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Also surviving is his brother, Larry (Gracie) Hines of Bristol, Virginia, and a sister, Gwen Bay of Dayton.
Jim was preceded in death by a grandson, Tyler Dellinger, his brother and sister-in-law: Paul Marshall "Mart" and Diana Hines, and a brother, Joyce Hines.
A graduate of Celina High School, Jim had been the head mechanic at Sam Dixon Motor Sales in Celina. He taught Auto Mechanics at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) in Lima, and later worked at the Lima Flack Co.
Jim was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Elida. He enjoyed playing golf and hanging out with the grandkids. He spent time doing woodworking projects and made many rocking horses for the grandchildren. He loved taking photos and videos of the family, and making homemade ice cream.
Calling Hours will be held at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, on Wednesday, December 7, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 6:00. Pastor Paul Scannell and Pastor William Hecht will officiate.
Memorial Contributions may be made towards Parkinson's Disease Research.
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