James (Jim) W. Stroble passed away at the age of 98 on the evening of September 17th, 2020, at the Towne House Retirement Center in Fort Wayne, IN, with his wife, Edwina, at his side.
Born on August 8th, 1922 to Harley & Nellie Stroble in Jay County, IN, Jim went on to join the 14th Air Force of the Army Air Corp (heir to the Flying Tigers) and served with distinction as a signalman in the China/Burma/India theater. He married Evelyn “Edwina” Davis on June 6, 1942, they recently celebrated their 78th wedding anniversary.
After the war, he began a 42 year career at Zollner Corp. in Fort Wayne, taking the skills he learned there and starting his own company, Tri-State Instrument Service, which has provided for 4 generations of his family and continues to thrive today.
An avid gardener, passionate member of the VFW, and proud “snow bird” (he loved to call from his retirement home in Florida in January to report on the sunny weather to his friends and family in Indiana), Jim was a beloved member of his family and will be greatly missed.
Jim is survived by his wife, Evelyn “Edwina”(Daivs); son, Lynn Stroble (Cathy); grandchildren, Kimberly Wade (Staughton), Tim Stroble, Ryan Stroble, Emily Sze (Leo), and Mandi Haffner (Corey); and great grandchildren, Ronin, Kiernin, Damien, Sydney, Lydia, Vivian, and Isla. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Stroble (Suzi).
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 from 12-2 p.m. at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. Graveside services will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery in Ft. Recovery, Ohio. The American Legion Post #211 of Portland will conduct military graveside rites.
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