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James Bernard Albers

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James Bernard Albers Obituary
Albers, James Bernard
1926 - 2017
Beloved father, JAMES BERNARD ALBERS, of Blacklick, in Jefferson Township, Ohio, died peacefully on November 10, at Kobacker House in Columbus, in the company of his family. He was born in Columbus on October 29, 1926, the son of Herbert and Marion Albers. Jim graduated from Campion Preparatory School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, and proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II, having volunteered at the age of 17. Following such service, he attended Georgetown University and graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Jim associated with his father in forming the Albers and Albers Law Firm in 1950. Later practicing with his sons, James S. Albers and John B. Albers, Jim specialized in Probate and Real Estate Law in Columbus for 65 years. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association, and acted as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio for 31 years. During his law career, he received many honors and awards, most recently an Emeritus Award from the Ohio State Bar Association for 65 years of legal practice. Jim was honored to serve as President of the Board of Trustees at St. Anthony Hospital (predecessor to Ohio State University Hospital East), and at the Navy League of Central Ohio. He was a member of various committees of the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio Supreme Court, the Columbus Athletic Club, the Useppa Island Club in Florida, and Ohio Dominican University. Jim also enjoyed an active social life and many friends, serving as a Past President of the Columbus Country Club, and an active member of Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and by his sister Joann Albers Cleary. He is survived by his sister, Julia Albers Brown. Jim was preceded in death by his dear wife of 67 years, Louise Sugar Albers, who died in May of this year. Jim and Louise married in 1950, and were blessed with five children over the next seven years. He was very proud of his wife and family, who truly formed the center of his life. He loved them all very much, and was thankful for every year with them, enjoying tennis, vacationing, working together, building their homes and their dreams through the years. Each child that came along was a blessing, and he often spoke of his pride in them as "bright, hard-working, self-reliant, with great senses of humor!" all the things they attribute to their father, whom they will miss beyond words. Jim is survived by his daughters, Victoria Albers Wentz (Lindsey), Susan Albers Zelasko (Gregory) and Karen Albers Larson; and sons, James Sugar Albers (Alisa) and John Bernard Albers (Elizabeth). He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, Louise Wentz Lynch (Chuck), Rob Wentz, Rebecca Larson Badgett (Jonathan), Caroline Larson Heinz (Ian), Jack Albers (Aaron), Will Albers, Joseph Zelasko (Angela), Kristen Albers, Katherine Albers Gude (Ben), Michael Zelasko, Kate Albers, Maggie Zelasko, Luke Albers, and Macsen Albers; and 6 great-grandchildren: Charlie Lynch, George Lynch, Gracie Lynch, James Heinz, Madeline Heinz and Jack Badgett. The family would like to give special thanks to Jim's caregivers from Assurance Care Group, and especially to Kobacker House hospice care. Visitation hours will be Friday, November 17, from 4-6 pm, at SCHOEDINGER NORTHEAST, 1051 E. Johnstown Rd., Gahanna. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kobacker House, 800 McConnell Dr., Columbus, OH, 43214; to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 716 Mt Airyshire Blvd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH, 43235; or to Hands Together, c/o St. Agatha Catholic Church, 1880 Northam Rd., Columbus, Ohio, 43221. To leave online condolences visit www.schoedinger.com.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2017
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