James H. Niemeyer

5/4/1935 - 2/10/2016

James “Jim” H. Niemeyer, 80, died 10:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.

Jim was born May 4, 1935, in New Knoxville to Florenz and Alvena (nee Elshoff) Niemeyer and they preceded him in death. On June 19, 1954, he married Nancy Wierwille and she passed on Jan. 4, 2013.

On Aug. 2, 2014, Jim entered into a Christian Commitment Relationship with the love of his later life to Shirley J. Huckeriede and she survives in St. Marys.

Jim worked at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys for 42 years as an engineer in the development department.

Jim served in the U. S. Army with the Army Security Agency from 1954 to 1956. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion.

Jim was a lifetime member of the New Knoxville Historical Society.

Jim was also a member of the Eagles in St. Marys and a member of the New Knoxville Gun Club.

Jim served for 14 years as clerk treasurer for the village of New Knoxville.

Survivors include children, Annette (Pat) Thompson, Kent (Annette) Niemeyer, Marta (Jesse) Hegemier, and Michael (friend Susan) Niemeyer, all from the surrounding New Knoxville area. Grandchildren, Sarah (Luke) Baker, Jill (Matt) Gabel, Nathan (Andrea) King, Joshua Niemeyer, Brooke Niemeyer, Kelly Welsch (Mike Kinstle), Ashley (Jay) Hegemier, Alycia Niemeyer and Taylor Niemeyer. Great-grandchildren, Kate Tinnerman, Mason Baker, Ellie Gabel, John Gabel, Ava Welsch, Audrey Welsch, Maxwell Hegemier, August Hegemier and Gwenyth Niemeyer.

Also surviving from Jim’s Christian Commitment Relationship with Shirley Huckeriede are children David (Jan) Huckeriede from Lima, Dick (Nan) Huckeriede from St. Marys, Suzann (Doug) Pusser from Delaware, Ohio and Laura (Mark) Maag from Ottawa. Also grandchildren David Pusser, Brian (Jackie) Huckeriede and Tom (Heather) Huckeriede and a great-grandchild Aiden Huckeriede.

A sister, Dorothy McMullen, of St. Marys and a brother Ned and sister-in-law Linda Niemeyer, of in New Knoxville, also survive.

Jim was a lifelong member of the First Church of New Knoxville. Jim served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent.

Jim enjoyed following the many sports that his children, grand children and great grand children played over the years.

Jim was dearly loved by his entire family and will be missed at all of the many family get togethers.

Jim enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states and also visited several countries of Europe, Africa, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand with his first wife Nancy.

Family vacations were a top priority when the children were growing up.

Then he also visited all 50 states with Shirley Huckeriede as well as Mexico and seven Canadian Provinces.

He enjoyed playing cards. Jim especially enjoyed playing gin, bridge and euchre with his best friend Shirley, and also with numerous other friends and family members. Jim also enjoyed playing ping pong and chess.