James Borchers

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VERSAILLES — James "Jim" A. Borchers, 93, of Homer Street, Versailles, formerly of Canal Street, Newport, passed away of natural causes Sunday evening, Dec. 21, 2014, at the Versailles Health Care Center in Versailles.

He was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Houston, to the late Frank J. and Emma Rose (Boerger) Borchers. On Feb. 20, 1946, at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Newport, Jim married Elizabeth "Bettie Ann" (Hetzel) Borchers who preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 1985. On Nov. 21, 1987, at St. Denis Catholic church in Versailles, Jim married Patricia M. (Wagner) Borchers, and she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Lucinda "Cindy" J. and Miren Wical, of Newport, and Lee and Billie Jo Borchers, of Salisbury, N.C.; one grandson, Andrew James Borchers; four stepchildren, Larry and Joann Wagner, of Versailles, Jane and Richard Willmann, of Fort Recovery, Janet and Paul Pottkotter, of St. Henry, and Joyce and Dale Sherman, of Minster; 17 step grandchildren; 12 step great-grandchildren; five siblings, Orville Borchers, of Versailles, Mary Ann and Roman Meyer, of Coldwater, Alfred and Mildred Borchers, of Minster, Cyril and Dorothy Borchers of Centerville, and Norma Reardon, of Middletown; sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha Borchers, of Houston, Dorvan Phlipot, of Versailles, Joan and Earl Grilliot, of Versailles, and Naomi Phlipot, of Versailles.

He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Urban, Paul (Cel), Ken (Dory), and Richard Borchers, Frieda (Floyd) Monnin, Hilda (Ben) York, and Betty (Bob) Hibner; three sisters-in-law, Elfrieda, Sally and Marlene Borchers; and a brother-in-law, Ed Reardon.

A veteran of World War II, Jim had enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in July of 1942. He received radio school training at Ruax Field in Wisconsin, before being sent to serve as a radio man with the B-29's in the South Pacific.

In 1983, Mr. Borchers retired from Stolle Products in Sidney where he was employed 27 years. He then worked part time for 10 years at Superior Aluminum in Russia. Jim had also been engaged in farming all of his working life.

James attended St. Denis Catholic Church and had been a past member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He was a life member of the Fort Loramie American Legion Post No. 355, the Sidney VFW Post No. 4239, and the Covington AMVETS Post No. 1293237. He was also a member of the Versailles Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge No. 2347.

An avid sports fan, Jim followed football, golf, and baseball. In the 1940s, Jim played baseball in the old Western Ohio League. He also enjoyed playing cards, bowling and traveling throughout various parts of the U.S.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, at St. Denis Church in Versailles with the Rev. James Simons presiding. Interment will follow at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Newport with full military honors provided by the Fort Loramie American Legion. Friends may call Friday 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home in Fort Loramie. Memorials may be made to Peoples First of Auglaize Co., Heritage Manor Resident Activities Fund or the Versailles Life Squad. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Dec. 22 to Dec. 23, 2014
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