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James “Jim” Stephen Jacquemin, 53, of Delaware passed away early Wednesday morning (July 27, 2011) at his residence with his family by his side, after a brief struggle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 28, 1957 in Hamilton to Walter and Catherine (Hogan) Jacquemin. He was a 1975 graduate of Fairfield High School and then of the Lincoln Technical School in Indianapolis. He was an electrician who had worked for Willamette and the Scott’s Company and has been a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Delaware since 1981. He was a volunteer for the Council for Older Adults and the American Red Cross and a 4-H advisor, Boy Scout leader, Little League coach and he also helped rehab houses for Habitat for Humanity. He was a member of the pit crews and a volunteer firefighter at Mid Ohio Raceway. He loved flying with his family at the family airport, “Hogan Field,” in Hamilton. He enjoyed rebuilding airplanes and along with his son Stephen, he restored a 1967 Buick Skylark convertible. He was a World War II history enthusiast who enjoyed fishing, traveling, adventures, playing with his grandson and puppies, and spending time with his family. He was the “Go to Guy” and “Handyman.”

He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Patricia “Trish” (Cast); daughter, Melissa (Jacquemin) Stroupe and her husband, Matt; son, Stephen James Jacquemin and his wife, Renee (Trentman); grandson, Carson Stroupe and a second grandson due in December; two brothers, Walter (Barb) Jacquemin of Alpena, Mich., and John (Dina) Jacquemin of Cincinnati; sister, Karen (Larry) Roberts of Hamilton; numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved friends; and his canine companions, Choochoo Willy, Boxcar Willy and Sydney.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 W. William St., Delaware, where a vigil of prayer service will be held at 5 pm. Memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William St., Delaware, with the Rev. Fr. James Black officiating. The St. Mary Bereavement Committee will then host a reception in the Rodman Neeper Community Room immediately following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HomeReach hospice or the Delaware Humane Society.

To share a memory of Jim or to offer condolences to the family, please visit rodmanneeper.com or caringbridge.org/visit/jacquemin.

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