James Abbott (1926 - 2015)

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MASON — James H. Abbott, 88, of Mason, Ohio, and formerly of Findlay, died on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at his residence.

Jim was born to Gertrude and John Abbott in Marion, Ohio on March 3, 1926.

He attended Marion Public Schools until his high school years, when the family moved to Sidney, Ohio. He graduated from Sidney High School in 1944. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became an air cadet. He attended Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio, where he became a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

As a result of his interest in a magazine article he'd read about oil exploration in the Sahara desert, Jim went to work for the Ohio Oil Company (Marathon) in Findlay Ohio. He was a Marathon employee for 40 years, mostly in Human Resources and college recruiting.

In 1950, he married his high school sweetheart, Elizabeth Ann McLean, who survives him, along with their three children, Carol Ann, Jon Frederick (Claudia), and James Mark (Lisa) and four grandchildren – Andrew McLean, Kara Corinne, Ashley Nicole, and Grant Matthew.

In 2005 Jim and his wife moved from Findlay to Mason Christian Village in the Cincinnati area. He died peacefully in his home there on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was a 50-year member of St. Andrew's United Methodist Church in Findlay and a lifelong member of Stumps International. For the past 10 years Jim has been a member of Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a service in memory of him will be held there on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Sycamore Presbyterian Church or Hospice of Cincinnati.

Arrangements entrusted to Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, Ohio.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Feb. 10 to Feb. 11, 2015
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