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James Paul Hengsteler

James Paul Hengsteler, 91, of DeGraff, passed away at 11:35 am on Friday, May 19th at Logan Acres Care Center in Bellefontaine. He was born in Zanesfield on May 23, 1925 to the late Leroy A. and Florence Eva (Blue) Hengsteler.

On November 13, 1943 Jim married the former Betty Jane Valentine-Kost and she preceded him in death on March 24, 1994. He was also preceded in death by a great-grandson, Dezmon Retterer; two brothers, William and Robert Hengsteler; and a nephew, John Hengsteler.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Joyce (John) Baker of Troy; two grandsons, Curtis (April) Retterer of South Carolina and Christopher (Shannon) Retterer of Sidney; 2 great grandchildren, Christian and Kirsten; a sister, Lina (Robert) Jackson of DeGraff; and several nieces and nephews.

A U.S. Navy WWII Veteran, Jim was a 1943 graduate of DeGraff High School. After returning from the service, he worked at the DeGraff Lumber Company as a carpenter for 45 years. He was also a member of the DeGraff United Methodist Church.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Universal Home Health & Hospice Care and Logan Acres for the exceptional care they provided to Jim.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 24th at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, 210 W. Hayes Street, DeGraff. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm with Pastor Floyd Lundy officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood-Union Cemetery in DeGraff.

Memorial contributions may be made, in Jim’s memory, to the DeGraff United Methodist Church, 1839 County Road 24 S., DeGraff, Ohio 43318.

Funeral arrangements are in the care of the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home in DeGraff and online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.edsfh.com.

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