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Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:13 AM

Oct. 31, 1928-July 9, 2013


James A. “Jim” Illig, 84, passed away at 8:54 a.m. Tuesday at The Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born October 31, 1928, in Ebensburg, Pa., to A.J. and Della (Byrne) Illig, who preceded him in death.

On October 24, 1953, he married the love of his life Lucille Kahle at St. Rose Catholic Church in Lima. She survives in Landeck.

Jim worked at Sealtest and Pride of Lima before starting up I & K Distributors, Delphos in 1966. He grew this business into a multi-state food processing and distribution company by the time he retired. He was active in the Landeck community in many ways. He started the Landeck Boy Scout Troop in 1963 and led the troop for several years. He co-chaired the Landeck Centennial Celebration in 1973. He loved fishing, hunting and playing pinochle. He was a member of St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck. He was a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Korean Conflict from January 4, 1951, to December 11, 1952. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 268 of Delphos, Delphos VFW Post 3035, Eagles Post 471 of Delphos and the Knights of Columbus, Lima, and just celebrated 50-year membership in the CK of O now the Foresters. His most treasured memories were the Illig family gatherings around the kitchen table and his visits to “Freddies.”

Also surviving are six sons, Mark (Barbara) Illig of Asheboro, N.C., Thomas (Anne) Illig of Macedonia, Ohio, Donald (Chris) Illig of Seville, Ohio, Paul (Maria) Illig of Lima, Steven (Donna) Illig of Landeck and David (Erika) Illig of Delphos; three daughters, Doris Sadik of Palatine, Ill., Mary Lou (Carl) Weber of Ada, Ohio, and Karen (Kevin) Buettner of Ottoville; 30 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two brothers, Robert Illig of California and Leonard Illig of Tiffin, Ohio.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Ronald Illig and Francis Illig; and four sisters, Rita McCoy, Betty Switzler, Jean Welker and Nancy Lauer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 14755 Landeck Road, Landeck, with Rev. Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, 209 W. Third St., Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Delphos Visiting Nurses or The Landeck Community Fund.

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