(NEWS ARTICLE) James D. McGee, a retired human resources director for Johns Manville Corp. who volunteered at Otterbein Portage Valley Retirement Village in Pemberville in retirement, died Wednesday in Chapel Grove Inn, Heath, Ohio. He was 95.
A former Perrysburg Township resident, Mr. McGee lived in the assisted-living residence since May, 2011. His daughter, Marcia Hoskinson, did not know the cause of death.
Mr. McGee retired in 1983 from Johns Mansville after 32 years with the company.
He was vice president and director of employee benefits for many years, working at the company's offices in Connecticut, New York, and finally Denver at the firm's headquarters.
Prior to joining Johns Manville, he was employed at what was then Dana Corp. and then took a position with Toledo-based Glass-Fibers Inc., which merged with the fiber-glass division of Libbey-Owens-Ford Co. and was sold in 1958 to Johns Manville.
Mrs. Hoskinson said her father was in charge of the hiring for the Waterville plant until 1961, when he was transferred to New York, where he directed employee benefits.
"He would go from plant to plant to explain to them the new contracts and what was available to employees," she said.
He worked in Denver from 1970 until his retirement in 1983, she said.
Born Nov. 13, 1916, he grew up near Saxton, Pa. After graduating from Saxton High School, he went to Findlay University. His daughter said he picked the northwest Ohio college because he was able to live with a friend whose aunt and uncle lived in Findlay.
His daughter said he paid his way through college by playing the organ and piano for a local church and the college glee club.
With his degree, he landed a teaching job at Waterville High School. Mrs. Hoskinson said her father and mother, the former Jane Hobart, who was a teacher, met at the school. They were married Aug. 12, 1941, and she died Sept. 26, 2003.
Mr. McGee entered the U.S. Army during World War II and was assigned to the Intelligence Corps.
In retirement, Mr. McGee was a volunteer at Otterbein Portage Valley. Mrs. Hoskinson said he was a companion to residents at the assisted-living facility, reading or writing letters for them. He also was a past director on the group's board.
Before he moved to Heath, Mr. McGee was a resident at Otterbein Portage Valley.
Surviving are his son, Dr. David McGee; daughter, Marcia Hoskinson; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation is to be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, Perrysburg.
Services are to be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Grace United Methodist Church, Perrysburg.
The family suggests tributes to Grace United Methodist Church, Perrysburg, or K-9 Companions for Independence, Santa Ana, Calif.
Published in Toledo Blade on Nov. 12, 2012