SIDNEY - Dr. James "JT" "Jim" "Doc" Stockstill, 82, of 14250 Kirkwood Road, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home.
He was born on 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, both 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 Bachelor of Science and a Doctor 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 the website, www.cromesfh.com.
Published in Sidney Daily News on July 30, 2013
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