Harold James Hartschuh, 79, of Attica and a former Willard resident, died Friday evening, June 28, 2013, at The Willows in Willard.
He was born May 1, 1934, to Harold and Evelyn (Bayer) Hartschuh in Chatfield Township. On Feb. 17, 1957, he married Dorothy M. King, the love of his life, at College Hill United Church of Christ.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, James A. (Mary) Hartschuh of Shiloh, Carl F. (Silvia) Hartschuh of Midlothian, Texas, Mark R. (Nicole) Hartschuh of Findlay; two daughters, Cheryl Lynn (Keith) Moone of Chagrin Falls and Linda L. Hartschuh of Sturtevant, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Chad, Craig (Jamie) and Cristin Moone, Cory Blodgett, Danielle (Billy) Hall, Cynthia (Landon) Slone, Jeremiah Hartschuh, Carla Hartschuh, Kyle and Zack Hartschuh; three great-grandchildren, Kylie, Lauren and Brandon Hall; and three sisters, Marilyn Kuhn and Marcia Green of Willard, Carol (Edwin) Hopkins of Silver Spring, Md.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Hartschuh; his parents; two brothers-in-laws, Norman Kuhn and Ernest Green; two nieces; and one nephew.
Jim was a member of the College Hill United Church of Christ where he had served as consistory president, deacon and elder. He was a 1952 graduate of Attica High School, a former member of the Willard Area Hospital Board of Directors and the Willard Historical Society. He served 2 years for the U.S. Army, where he was engaged with Morse Code and direction finding and its inception on the European continent. His hobbies were woodworking, photography, golf and old spring wound clocks, and a lover of the design and architectural style of covered bridges.
Jim began his employment at Pioneer Rubber Co. in Attica in 1957, and worked his way to vice president of operations in Willard, retiring in 1996 after 42 years of dedicated service. In 1964, he transferred from Attica to Willard to a management position. He is credited with leading the company through its transition from Pioneer Rubber to Pioneer Balloon and he led Pioneer's operations in the 1980s, earning the reputation as an industry leader. He spearheaded the expansion of the company's Willard facility, as well as the construction of its latex production plants in Ontario, Canada, and Dallas, Texas. Prior to retirement, he assisted the company with the relocation of Pioneer RAM, a decorator of quality ceramics and glassware for the souvenir and gift markets, located in Orlando, Fla.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at College Hill United Church of Christ, on South SR 4, with the Rev. Robert Haskins officiating. Burial will follow in the College Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is 58 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at LindseyOlds Funeral Home, 3085 S. State Route 19, Bloomville. There also will be visitation one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to Mercy Hospital, Willard.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.