ROCKFORD, Ohio — James Ross Zizelman, 94, of Rockford, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Kindred Hospital in Lima, Ohio. He was born at home in Mercer County, Ohio, the son of Frank and Bertha (Brush) Zizelman. He married Rose Agler in February 1944, and she preceded in death in November 1979. On Aug. 4, 1980, he married Linda Parent, and she preceded in death on Oct. 10, 2018.

He joined the U.S. Army and served in the South Pacific during WWII.

Survivors include:

Children — Brian (Joyce) Dicke of Rockford, Michele (Brent) Buschur of Beorne, Texas, and Angie (Todd) Thomas of Celina

Siblings — Dan (Phyllis) Zizelman and Ruth I. Sites, both of Celina

Deceased in addition to his parents and wives, is a son, Tom Zizelman. Tom’s wife, Beverly, survives.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Dave Souers officiating. Burial will follow in Friends Chapel Cemetery, Tama Road, Rockford. Friends may call on Monday at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Tuesday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The Eagles will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening. Military graveside rites will be handled by the Celina VFW 5713.

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