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James E. Leidel
James E. Leidel - “PAPA” began his life journey on June 7, 1933 to Frederick Sr. and Alpha (Richardson) Leidel. He attended and played quarterback at Clay High School. He then joined the US Marine Corps, serving aboard the USS Boxer as a Corporal. After his service, he worked for CSX for over 40 years as a longshoreman and was a life member of the Northwood VFW Post #2984.
Jim had a wide range of interests. He loved sports, coaching Beverly Baseball, and leading the Boy Scouts at St. Petri. He was a private pilot and member of the Portage Valley Flying Club. He flew several times and attended 16 years in a row, to one of the world’s largest air shows in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Jim and Barbara loved traveling and visited every state except Alaska.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara (Growden) Leidel; children Cindy (Ron) Blevins, Terry (Julie) Leidel, Tamara Leidel, Keith (Linda) Leidel, Jon (Evelyn) Leidel; Jim’s Grandchildren – (Cindy’s) Tiffany and Marissa, (Terry’s) Angie, Blair and Logan, (Tamara’s) Joe, Jeremy and Allison (Keith’s) Jordan, Laiken, and (Jon’s) Laura and Kevin. Proud and very loving Great-Grandfather of- Hanna (of Marissa), Queahna, Lindsey, Ella, Parker, Dylan, Abigail and Preston (of Joe), Addison, Sloan, Kade (of Jeremy) Aiden and Lucas (of Blair), Dylan and Maddison (of Laura).
Preceded in death by his parents- Frederick Sr. and stepmother Viola Leidel, mother Alpha Weiler and stepfather Melvin Weiler, brother- Frederick Leidel, sister- D’nesse Hartzell. Survived by brother - Dr. Nelson (Alice) Leidel. Jim’s family is very grateful for all the kindness and support shown by Hospice of Northwest Ohio (especially his aid Rachel and nurse Laura).
In Lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St. Petri Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwest Ohio.
To commemorate Jim’s life, friends and family are welcome to his Celebration of Life on Sunday, June 24th 2018, at Heatherdowns Country Club from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Military Rites will be conducted at 1:45 p.m., followed by a prayer service at 2:00 p.m.
"Fly me to the moon"!
Dear Barb and Leidel Family,
It is with great sadness and great joy that I write this message to you. I loved Jim like my 2nd father and was sorry to hear of his passing. He will always stand tall in my memories as someone who would tell Jon and I what we needed to hear. No sugar coating with Jim, he would give us a pep talk or chew our ass to keep us on the straight and narrow during our high school years. I will miss him dearly but I am so happy to have him watch over me as one of his own. I know he will continue to provide guidance to me. May God get him to where he needs to be and may he bring peace to you and the rest of the family knowing he is in a better place.
Love and prayers to all...
Todd Achor Jun 24 2018 12:00 AM
Aunt Barb, Terry, Cindy, Tammy, Keith, John and family: My deepest heartfelt condolences for you during your time of loss. As a former service member "Semper Fi", and avid aviation enthusiast, I formed a special bond with Uncle Jim, especially after I joined the Army and went to flight school. I uploaded some pictures of him when he came to South Carolina to visit my mom and I flew to a nearby airport to show of the AH-64 Apache. Just after flight school, when I was up in Toledo, I flew an airplane to Toledo Express and we flew together to Indiana for lunch and back. I recall the weather was a little bumpy, but it was a great bonding experience for us both. I remember his stories of Oshkosh fly-ins and his love of aviation.
One More Roll
We toast our hearty comrades who have fallen from the skies, and were gently caught by God's own hand to be with him on High. To dwell among the soaring clouds they`'ve known so well before. From victory roll to tail chase, at heaven's very door. As we fly among them there, were sure to head their plea. To take care my friend, watch your six, and do one more roll for me. Commander Jerry Coffee, Hanoi, 1968.
The Eagle and the Hawk.
I am the eagle, I live in high country, In rocky cathedrals that reach to the sky, I am the hawk and there's blood on my feathers, But time is still turning, they soon will be dry, And all those who see me, and all who believe in me, Share in the freedom I feel when I fly! Come dance with the west wind, And touch all the mountain tops, Sail o'er the canyons, and up to the stars, And reach for the heavens, and hope for the future, And all that we can be, not what we are. John Denver
John D. Stahl Jun 24 2018 12:00 AM
I just wanted to send sympathy from theDarnell family.I know how difficult these days are but he really had an amazing life and the memories will be forever in your hearts.
Connie Darnell Jun 22 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you all. Although it's been years since I've seen any of you the memories I have of time spent from our crazy scout troop and beyond are great ones. Thanks for sharing you Dad with us.
Ed Shumaker Jun 19 2018 12:00 AM
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family Julie.
Michele Patton Jun 18 2018 12:00 AM
The officers and members of VFW Post 2984 Northwood Ohio wish to offer our condolences on the loss of your loved one and our comrade. May he rest in peace.
Jake Jun 18 2018 12:00 AM
A Designers Choice was sent on June 17, 2018
GOD bless you all Jon , your dad was a great man, Celebrate the time you all had with him! Love yall, Matt & Beth Nolin
Expression of Sympathy Jun 17 2018 12:00 AM
You have my sincere condolences. Please call me if I can do anything for you. I will see you at the memorial service.
Barbara Gorski Jun 14 2018 12:00 AM
My condolences to the entire Leidel family and friends. I had the pleasure to grow up next door on Rugby to James and his entire family. I had some great memories as a kid growing up in our neighborhood and looking back realized how blessed I was to have seen parents who focused on what matter most - family. Prayers and Thoughts. I unfortunately will be out of town when you celebrate his life! Reflect back on all of the memories you all were blessed with over the years.
Michael Marciniak Jun 14 2018 12:00 AM
Barb My prayers are with you. Jim will always hold a special place in my heart. I have missed him the last several months. That twinkle in his eye My condolences to the entire family.
Denise Remington LPN Jun 14 2018 12:00 AM