James Richard Bacon, 86, of Fayette, Ohio, died June 28, 2018, at CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Defiance, Ohio.
He was born in Fayette on Jan. 9, 1932, to the late Leonard and Gladys (Lucas) Bacon.
A 1950 graduate of Gorham Fayette High School, Jim was a lifelong resident of Fayette. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served during the Korean Conflict. Before his honorable discharge in 1954, he earned the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, UN Service Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He upheld life memberships with the VFW and the Fayette American Legion John Dale Post #143.
Jim met the love of his life, Arlyce Kalkofen of Wisconsin, and they wed Jan. 15, 1955, in Bowler, Wis. They settled in Jim’s hometown of Fayette where they raised their family. Jim worked at Hayes Albion Corporation from 1955 to 1967 where he served as an assembly line foreman. He then worked as an insurance agent for Nationwide for four years before returning to factory work at Dayton Walther Corporation, serving as a quality control manager until 1986. He then worked for Echlin Corp. for 10 years before his retirement job with the Veterans Administration, transporting fellow veterans to and from VA hospitals.
Jim enjoyed golfing in his free time and was an avid sports fan, cheering for the Detroit Tigers and Lions, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Fayette Eagles. He was once crowned king of the Bull Thistle Parade and 2014 Citizen of the Year in Fayette. He was actively involved with his church, Fayette Christian-Disciples, and with the Fayette Opera House.
He is survived by two daughters, Kathy (and Jeffrey) Lee of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Kay (and Jeffrey) Martin of Fayette; two sons, Mark Bacon of Fayette and Rick (and Teresa) Bacon of Coldwater, Mich.; a sister, Virginia White of Fayette; 10 grandchildren, Tyler Bacon (and fiancée Erica Reynolds), Treasure Bacon, Adam (and Becky) Bacon, Rachel (and Nick) Evans, Collin Bacon, Koletin and Austin Lee, Wesley (and Julie) Martin, Kalley (and Michael) Schaefer and Riley Martin; and six great-grandchildren Dalton, Gracelynn, Carly, Demi, Blair and Liam.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 60 years, Arlyce.
Visitation is planned from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Eagle Funeral Home in Fayette. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Monday, July 2, at the funeral home, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. The committal service with military rites performed by the Fulton County Honor Guard will follow in Pleasant View Union Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Fayette Athletic Boosters or the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council.