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James Lee “Jim” Wilcox, 66, died at 9:35 a.m. Nov. 8, 2012, at Zusman Community Hospice, Columbus.

He was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Lima to Eugene Robert and Theola Faulder Wilcox, who preceded him in death. He had been married to Connie Kimmet Wilcox, who survives in Delphos. His special lady friend, Linda Guthrie, survives.

Mr. Wilcox was owner and operator of the Knotty Pine, Fort Jennings, for 15 years and worked at Clark Equipment for 18 years. He was the kitchen manager for Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471, Delphos, for 12 years, and was currently enjoying his retirement by volunteering his cooking skills to whoever needed them. He was a Navy Reserve veteran in Lima and served active duty aboard the USS Wasp during the Vietnam War. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, and attended Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a Golden Eagle member of FOE 471 and a life member of American Legion Post 268 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035, both in Delphos. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 199, Lima, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge 1197, Van Wert, and Fort Amanda Lodge 706 Free & Accepted Masons, Lima. He was also a member of the Delphos St. John’s band and athletic boosters. His true passion was cooking for others. He was a fan of University of Notre Dame and the Cleveland Browns and a devoted supporter of Delphos St. John’s High School.

Survivors include four daughters, Jenny (Jeff) Fischer, of Columbus, Sarah (Benjamin) Abernethy, of Dayton, Katie Wilcox, of Columbus, and Ashleigh Wilcox, of Dayton; six grandchildren, Logan and Ethan Fischer, and Eden, Seth, Isaac and Elise Abernethy; other survivors, Renee (Keith) Burritt, Megan Klausing and Laura Klausing; and lifelong friend, Larry Grothouse.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Wilbur “Bill” Wilcox.

Services will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, with military rites by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Tuition Assistance, Trinity United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund or Zusman Community Hospice.

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