SIDNEY — James Arthur Theis, age 84, of Sidney, Ohio, passed away on Jan. 10, 2017, at his place of residence surrounded by his loving family.
James was born in Coldwater, Ohio, on Sept. 7, 1932, to Arthur and Hazel (Mullenix) Theis, who are both deceased.
He graduated from Fort Recovery High School and then joined the U.S. Navy.
James was married to Marie Berning on July 2, 1955, who survives.
James served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean war. He was a member of the Sidney American Legion Post 217, the Amvets Post 1986, VFW Post 4239, was a member of the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree as well as proudly being active with the Singing Soldiers for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching westerns and most of all watching his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. For over 50 years James worked as a barber cutting hair in both Fort Loramie and Sidney, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Marie; children Bob (Julie) Theis, of Fort Loramie, Debbie Gagermeier, of Sidney, William (Mary) Theis, of Sidney, and Jim Theis, of Scappoose, Oregon; sons-in-law, James Ratliff of New Baden, Illinois, and Mike Rethman, of Fort Loramie; his siblings, Paul Theis, of Dayton, and Tom and Marilyn Richardson, of Longview, Texas; sister-in-law, Jonnie Theis, of Memphis, Tennessee; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his daughters, Joyce Ratliff and Nancy Rethman ,as well as his brother, John Theis.
James was a long time member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, Sidney, Ohio.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Holy Angels, Catholic Church. Burial will follow the funeral at Shelby Memory Gardens with full military rites.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 13, at Adams Funeral Home, 1401 Fair Road, Sidney, Ohio.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Adams Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wilson Hospice.
Condolences may be left at www.theadamsfuneralhome.com