James Counts

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BOTKINS — James Eugene Counts, 82, of Botkins, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 5:05 p.m. at Ohio Living Dorothy Love in Sidney.

He was born on Sept. 17, 1934 in Anna, Ohio, the son of the late Victor and Lucille (Steinle) Counts. On Dec. 1, 1957, James married the former Barbara Baseore, who survives.

He is survived by six children, Rick Counts, Randy (Claire) Counts and Lori Counts, all of Botkins, Roger (David) Counts, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lisa (Todd) Schubert, of Wapakoneta, and Rodney (Laura) Counts, of Russia; 23 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five siblings, Dan Counts, of Pell City, Alabama, Frank Counts, of Sidney, Jerry Counts, of Spencerville, Louise Haynes, of Georgia, and Andy Counts, of Fort Loramie.

James was preceded in death by five family members, Elsie, Bob, Ed, Waneta and Elizabeth.

Mr. Counts retired from Norcold after many years. James was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. He enjoyed being outdoors especially fishing, gardening and spending his time with his grandkids. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins for over 40 years.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church on July 14, 2017, at noon with Pastor Charla Grieves officiating. Burial will follow at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins, Ohio.

The family requests friends to visit from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has request all memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, Sidney.

Condolences may be expressed to the Counts family at the funeral home's website,

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302 S. Main Ave.
Sidney, OH 45365
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Published in Sidney Daily News from July 10 to July 12, 2017