James V. Willson, age 92, a life-long dedicated farmer of Delta, Ohio, passed peacefully with his family at his bedside, Thursday evening, May 19, 2016, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was born July 15, 1923 in Delta to Shirley V. and Emma (Habel) Willson. James was a 1942 graduate of Fulton High School, and on March 6, 1943 he married Patricia M. Schmitz. She preceded him in death on February 27, 2008.
James was a very active member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish and was dedicated to farming. He was rated Top 10 Tomato Grower and was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau as well as an honorary member of the Delta FFA. James was inducted into the Fulton County Fair Agricultural Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his children: Cathy (Larry) Clausen of Wauseon, OH and their children, Eric, LaWonda, Rena, Shawn, Scott and Benjamin; Barbara (Charlie) Mossing and their children, Laura, Steven, Michelle, Michael and Cassandra; Robert (Carol) Willson and their children, children Allen, Paul and Wesley; David (Shirley) Willson and their son, Tom; Maria Willeman and her children, Jody, Jason and Mindy; Annette (Ray) Wensink and their children, Lucas, Adam and Brittany; Earl (Paula) Willson and their children, Krystal and Jacob; Darrel Willson and his children, Ashley and Joshua; and 44 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great grandchildren; and his sister, Anna Dennis. His very special soul mate, Mary Ann Szabo was by his side the last couple of years and put much joy into his life and his family’s life as well.
Besides his wife of 64 years, Patricia, James was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Willson; and granddaughters, Dannielle Marie Clausen and Tiffany Willson; son-in-law, Terry Willeman; and sisters, Virginia Bickford and Joann Plassman.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 25th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631), where a Vigil Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Thursday, May 26th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, where a Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Fr. Michael Dandurand presiding. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 2649 US 20, Swanton, OH 43558.
Residence: Delta, Ohio
Visitation: Wednesday, May 25th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Mass of Resurrection: Thursday, May 26th at 11:00 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Assumption
Interment: St. Mary's Cemetery