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James Lloyd Lulfs

James L. Lulfs of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully with his family at his side, Friday morning, May 5, 2017, at the Defiance Inpatient Hospice Center. James worked for AP Parts for 30 years. He was also a proud veteran serving in the United States Air Force.

Never one to sit around, James was always doing something. He had a home farm where he raised chickens, pigs and rabbits. He also ran Swanton Pheasant Farm, where he raised pheasants for the Sportsman Club. He was always telling his kids -"don't make pets out of them". When things got a little slow at AP Parts, he started Jim's Home Maintenance Service. James had a real knack for woodworking and crafts. He could build or fix practically anything wood related. He even taught himself how to do instarsia, which is a form of wood inlaying.

Jim and his wife, Charlotte enjoyed making crafts together and traveling around to different craft shows. They met so many people at these shows and always came home with a new groups of friends to stay in contact with. Jim and Charlotte were members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Swanton. They really enjoyed the fellowship time during and after the service, especially the cookies! James just wanted to be remembered as the nice guy.

James married Charlotte in 1978 and they enjoyed 39 years together. She preceded him in death along with his sisters, Rosie and Alice and brothers, Harry and Don.

James is survived by his brother, Richard (Nancy) Lulfs; daughter, Julie (Mike) Vaughn; son, Robert (Bonnie) Lulfs; 2 grandsons, Mike and Ryan Vaughn; stepdaughter, Bonnie (Ron) Holdeman; step-grandchildren, Steve, Denise, Debbie and Melissa; many great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; his former wife, Margaret Lulfs; as well as his childhood friend of 75 years, John Abby.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 13th at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 N. Main Street in Swanton, with Pastor J.T. Bean officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Memorial Service: Saturday, May 13th at 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church

Interment: Swanton Cemetery

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Bonnie Holdeman Jun 14 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Julie and Family, Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steel. May happy memories sustain you through this time. We enjoy the benches your father made.

Sue and Laurie Wolfram May 11 2017 12:00 AM

Jim, my after church cookie buddy!!!! What a neat guy! He will be greatly missed...Jim, we loved you. Heaven is gonna really love him. Carolyn

Carolyn Moore May 8 2017 12:00 AM

Please know my caring thoughts are with you. I lift you up to support you during this time of loss. Blessings to you all.

Neal Seabert May 7 2017 12:00 AM

Bonnie, Ron and family, Thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

Ella Shelley May 7 2017 12:00 AM

Jim was our neighbor and will be sadly missed he was a great guy we are glad we were his neighbors he was a good man .AD934

kevin & Crystal Ruby May 7 2017 12:00 AM

Going to miss seeing that smile on your face. Was so glad you came over to visit last week. Rest in Peace Jim. Give Mom a hug for me. No more suffering and no more pain. Sending prayers for your family.

Bonnie and Ron Holdeman May 6 2017 12:00 AM