TROY - James R. Baldschun, 84, of Troy, was taken by the hand of Jesus and led home on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Kettering Medical Center, Kettering. He was born on May 21, 1929, in Greenville, to the late Karl B. and Sarah (Schleusker) Baldschun. He was married to Mary Ann (Cunningham) Baldschun for 54 ½ years before she preceded him in death on May 20, 2010.
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In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Baldschun was preceded in death by his son, Gregory James Baldschun; and his brother, Kenneth Baldschun.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Shari and Chris Armstrong of Troy; granddaughter, Jennifer and her husband, Rick Cunningham of Cridersville; grandson, Sam Armstrong of Troy; great-grandson, Carson James Cunningham; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lucille and William Sherry of Greenville; as well as nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather through the years.
Mr. Baldschun was a graduate of Greenville High School, class of 1947. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Troy, and had been a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Greenville for many years, serving in various different capacities within the church. He loved the old hymns played on the pipe organ. He also loved cooking, but his passion was working in his garden.
Mr. Baldschun worked as a CPA for many years before and his wife purchased Main Furniture in downtown Troy. After owning Main Furniture for 10 years, Mr. Baldschun then served as an accountant for Dancraft Construction until his retirement in 2006.
Private services will be held at the family's convenience. Interment will take place in Riverside Cemetery, Troy. Friends may call on the family from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baird Funeral Home, Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miami Valley Women's Center, 2345 W. Stroop Road, Dayton, OH 45439.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.
Published in Piqua Daily Call on July 24, 2013