James Fretts

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James R. "Soup"

Fretts "Soup" R., James, 83 years, passed away peacefully Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Promedica Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, OH. Born January 11, 1931, he was the son of the late Glen and Violet (Shaw) Fretts. He married Shirley May Pearl September 7, 1977. Sadly she preceded him in death on June 4, 2013.

James leaves to cherish his memory; brothers, Ron and Glen Fretts, and sister, Connie Bodie; children, Patti (Tom) Mack, Cynthia (Ralph) Horandt, Shirley (David) Bickman, Glenda Penny, Roxanne (Richard) Bahr, Paulette Bentz, Doreen Rugg, Debbie Fretts and Cindy Fretts, along with 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was born and raised in Pennsylvania, where he spent most of his life. The last year of his life he spent in the care of his loving daughter, Patti. James was such a caring, loving father and grandfather. He made a difference in so many lives. He will be sadly missed by everyone that knew and loved him. He cherished family and never hesitated to show his love, hugs and kisses.

Cremation has been held. There will be no services.

Arrangements entrusted to Urbanski's Bedford Funeral Chapel, 8300 Lewis Ave., Temperance, MI. Online condolences may be shared at

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Published in Toledo Blade on Feb. 24, 2014