Jimmie "Jim" L. Aldrich, 91, of Gibsonburg passed away Saturday, July 29, 2023 at the Windsor Lane Health Care facility, Gibsonburg.
On April 23, 1932, he was welcomed as the first born child to the late Paul and Marguerite (Van Ness) Aldrich. Other than his military committment, he spent his entire life in the Gibsonburg area.
Just a few day short of 71 years ago, on August 2, 1952, he married Jacqueline R. Dalzell in Gibsonburg. She survives him. Also surviving are their five children, Jeff (Barb), Jenifer, Joel (fiance, Vicki) all of Gibsonburg, Jon (Melissa) of Tiffin, Jim II (Lana) of Woodville; 9 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. Siblings surviving include Frank (Lenora) of Amsden, Clair (Sharon) of Woodville, Jinny (the late Jim) Moll, and Paula (Scott) Pertner, and LaMar "Dino", all of Gibsonburg. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers David "Buck" KIA-Vietnam and Jerry.
Jim was a 1951 graduate of Gibsonburg High School where he played on the basketball and football teams.
He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict as a medic. His pride in Amercia stayed with him until the end. He was proud to have been included on the poster by Ken Dumminger of Sandusky County Veterans over the age of 90. He was a life member and Past Commander of the Welker Smith American Legion Post #17, where he was also a proud member of the honor guard. One of his proudest moments was when he was nominated by the Legion and won the "Hometown Hero" award by the Modern Woodmen Financial Services Group.
Jim worked as a welder and retired from the former Toledo Machining/Chrysler Plant in Perrysburg Township.
In his younger years, Jim could be found racing the #69 and #2 cars that he built, owned, and drove at the Fremont Race Track. He was an avid skeet shooter, gardener, and follower of Gibsonburg High School girls softball.
Visitation will take place Thursday, August 3 from 9-11 AM with services beginning at 11am at the Herman-Veh Funeral Home & Crematory, Gibsonburg. Burial will follow immediately at West Union Cemetery with Military Honors.
If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Welker Smith American Legion Post #17 (300 South Main St. Gibsonburg, OH 43431) or to the Donor's Choice.
The family wishes to send a special Thank You to all of the wonderful ladies from Promedica Hospice. You are truly God's angels on earth.
Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory, Gibsonburg is honored to be assisting the Aldrich family during this difficult time.