Borton, James

Written by David Green.

James F. Borton, 74, of Stryker, Ohio, died Feb. 24, 2013, at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center in Bryan, Ohio.

He was born June 1, 1938, in Tedrow, Ohio, to the late Ulna and Elvera (Rohrs) Borton. Jim married Rita Mae Lavinder on Aug. 22, 1964, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, Ohio, and she preceded him in death Sept. 2, 2012.

Jim was a 1956 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School. After graduation he served his country as a member of the United States Army. He and Rita owned and operated Borton’s Clothing in downtown Fayette for many years. Jim also worked at Fayette Tubular Products, Polycraft in Wauseon, and later retired from Sauder Manufacturing in Archbold.

Jim was active in his community, serving for many years on the Gorham-Fayette Volunteer Fire Department and the Fayette Park Board, and he founded the annual Fayette Marathon Softball Tournament. He enjoyed all types of sports, most notably NASCAR and softball, and was an avid Ohio State fan. Jim was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Jim is survived by two sons, Michael Borton of Morenci, Mich., and Eric Borton of Wauseon, Ohio; three daughters, Gale Borton of Wauseon, Christy (and Jeff) Keller of Statesville, N.C., and Renae (and Bill) Stoiber of Ledyard, Conn.; a brother, Roger (and Pat) Borton of Fayette; two sisters, Phyllis (and Herb) Simon of Tecumseh, Mich., and Brenda Humbert of Fayette; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Jim was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Bill Humbert.

In accordance with Jim’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at St. James Lutheran Church in Burlington, with Pastor James Strawn officiating. Interment of his cremated remains will follow at St. James Lutheran Church near Archbold, with military rites conducted by the Fulton County Honor Guard. Visitation is scheduled from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Gorham Fayette Fire Department.

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