SIDNEY - Dr. James, JT, Jim, Doc Stockstill, 82, of 14250 Kirkwood Road, Sidney, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Fair Haven County Home. He was born May 22, 1931, in Sidney, the son of the late Joslin and Louise (Oartel) Stockstill. In 1951, he married Patricia Kies, who preceded him in death in 2005 in Florida.
Jim is survived by his wife, Louanne (Blake) Mentges Stockstill, two children, Ann Heiland and husband John and John Stockstill II and wife Elaine, all of Sidney; three grandchildren, Corinne Caranna and husband Mike of Akron, Erica Majernik and husband Dave of Cleveland and John Stockstill III and wife Bonnie; five great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alexis Caranna of Akron and Tyler, Ryan and Allyson Majernik of Cleveland; and one sister, Louise Yoho and husband Delbert of Sidney. He was preceded in death by his brother, John Stockstill, who gave his life in the service of his country in 1945.
Dr. Stockstill was a proud graduate of The Ohio State University. There, he received a bachelors of science and a doctorate of veterinary medicine in 1956. He was an ardent Buckeye fan of both basketball and football. After graduation he started a practice in Sidney, where his grandfather practiced for 30 years (present location of the Hampton Inn). Another veterinarian, and cousin to Jim, Raymond Stockstill practiced in Cleveland, making the veterinarian business a family tradition.
While in practice, he became a member of several local service clubs and lodges. He recalled the Sidney Jaycees Baseball excursions as the most memorable. His real dedication was to his practice, becoming a member of the Ohio National Associations Eastern and Western States Veterinary Associations. He enjoyed speaking to local, equine, bovine and farm groups, as well as 4-H and elementary schools. He was a 50-year member of the Sidney First United Methodist Church and in 2006 joined the Sidney United Church of Christ.
During his practice he treated small and large animals both, including some exotics. In working with many strange animals and interesting owners, Jim could have filled a book with stories of their adventures. He would often relate some of these stories, which still made him laugh. His passion in life was veterinary medicine.
After 40 years of practice, Dr. Stockstill and his wife Patricia moved to Naples, Fla. to find the sun. After she died in 2005, he moved back to Sidney, and in 2006 married Louanne Mentges, a former 1949 Sidney High School classmate.
In following with Dr. Stockstill's wishes, his body will be cremated. A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. His final resting place will be at Graceland Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Cromes Funeral Home& Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave. Memorials may be made to Ohio State Veterinary Association Services, 1472 Manning Pkwy, Powell, OH 43065. Condolences may be expressed to the Stockstill family at www.cromesfh.com
Cromes Funeral Home Inc
302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
Published in Piqua Daily Call on July 30, 2013