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James Frank Kaelin

March 29, 1942 — April 24, 2023

DeGraff, Ohio

James Frank Kaelin

James Frank Kaelin, 81, of DeGraff, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2023, at his residence.

He was born in Bellevue, PA on March 29, 1942, the son of the late Elmer Xavier and Helen Marie (Beltz) Kaelin.  He is also preceded in death by his sister, Joan Confer.

On August 21, 1965, he married the former Connie Jean Kensler in Liberty, Indiana and she survives.

He is also survived by three children: James Kaelin, Jr., Ted Kaelin, and Rhonda (Chad) Mullins, three grandchildren; Heather Kaelin, Matthew Roderick, and Lucas Roderick, one great grandson, Braxton Dunn, two sisters, Carol Wilson and Shirley (Steve) Adamission, a brother, David Kaelin, two brothers-in-law; Ted Kensler and Ronnie (Pauline) Kensler, two sisters-in-law, Sheryl Zirkle and Karen Preston, and many nieces and nephews.

James was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and worked 31 years at Navistar in Springfield before retiring.  He bowled for many years and enjoyed reading and word-find puzzles as well as playing cards and shuffleboard.  He was always very meticulous about his yard and landscaping and was a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also enjoyed traveling and camping with his wife and grandkids, wintering at his Florida residence, and spending time with his family.

Bart Zirkle, his nephew, will officiate a funeral service on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 1:00 p.m. in Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 321 N. Main St., Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311.  Friends may call two hours prior to the service on Saturday from 11:00am to 1:00pm the funeral home.  Burial will be in East Liberty Cemetery with military honors provided by the Logan County Veteran Honor Guard.

EICHHOLTZ DARING & SANFORD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTER, BELLEFONTAINE is honored to serve the Kaelin family.

 

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Visitation

Saturday, April 29, 2023

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center

321 N Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

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Funeral Service

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center

321 N Main Street, Bellefontaine, OH 43311

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