First Posted: 1/17/2006


JAMES E. MESSINGER, 76, died at 9:37 p.m. Jan. 15, 2006, at St. Rita's Medical Center.

He was born Feb. 26, 1929, in Bluffton to Aaron and Ella Tschiegg Messinger, who preceded him in death. On June 27, 1953, he married Janet Stover, who survives.

Mr. Messinger was a farmer and retired from Triplett Corp., Bluffton. He was also a woodworker and substitute school bus driver. He was a member of Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. He was a 1947 graduate of Bluffton High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors also include a son, Douglas (Lorri) Messinger of Findlay; a daughter, Diane (Donald) Smith of DeGraff; and four stepgrandchildren and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Mennonite Church, Bluffton. The Rev. Roger Ford will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Chiles & Sons-Laman Funeral Homes, Bluffton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer Mennonite Church.

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