James Franklin Motter

1932 - 2019

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James Franklin Motter passed peacefully at home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Findlay, Ohio at the age of 86. James is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Eileen E. Motter (Staley); his children: Duane (Cheri), Rodney (Julie), Dwight (Joyce), Susan (Tracy) McAfee, Roger (Cheryl), and Beverly (Lance) Hanners; his 18 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Paul and Cora (Burr) Motter; daughter, Carol (Jim) Wilmsmeyer; one great-granddaughter; and siblings: Emmett, Ralph, Helen Humbarger, Ruth Hastings, Samuel, Mildred Feister, and Paul Jr. James was born to Paul and Cora Motter in Ada, OH on October 14, 1932. He married Eileen Staley of Forest, OH on August 17, 1951. James served his country in the Army during the Korean War. After the war, he returned home and worked at Cooper Tire. He owned and operated Motter Refrigeration for many years and later went to work for Centrex Corp as Maintenance Supervisor until his retirement. James was a faithful servant of the Lord and a former member at First Assembly of God, The Church of God (both in Findlay, OH), and a current member of Dunkirk First Assembly of God in Dunkirk, OH and a member of The Gideons. His greatest accomplishment in life was teaching his children and grandchildren about God and seeing the blessings God has done in each of their lives. James loved fishing and hunting especially with his sons. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 9 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm and on Tuesday, September 10 from 10:00-10:30am at CRATES FUNERAL HOME, 620 N. Main St. Arlington, OH. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, September 10th at the funeral home. Pastor Ken Gray will officiate. Interment will follow at Hueston Cemetery (Forest, OH) where full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Condolences can be made online at www.coldrencrates.com. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Fox Run Assisted Living, Bridge Home Health, and Bridge Hospice for the care and support they provided.


Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 N. Main St
    Arlington, Ohio
    Monday, September 9th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Tuesday, September 10th 2019 10:00 - 10:30 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, September 10th 2019 - 10:30 AM

  • Service Location:

    CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
    620 North Main Street
    Arlington, Ohio 45814

  • Final Resting Place:

    Hueston Cemetery [Map]

    Jackson Twp., Ohio

  • Contributions:

  • Instructions:

    Full military rites will be conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad.



Condolences For James Franklin Motter

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To : Joyce and Dwight
Date :Friday, September 6th 2019
From : Laura Wittenmyer Rice
Joyce and Dwight,
Our prayers are with you as you mourn the loss of your dad - God will bring you great comfort as you grieve.
Much love to all,
Cousin Laura




To : Jim Motter Family
Date :Friday, September 6th 2019
From : Al and Alice Wilmsmeyer
The Jim Motter Family:

We are so sorry for your loss. Reflect and reminisce on those blessed memories that were made through the years and allow them to bring you comfort and give you peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers and we send you our love.

Al and Alice Wilmsmeyer



To : Duane and Cheri and family
Date :Friday, September 6th 2019
From : Debbie McCallum-Mack
Oh.....such a legacy your dad leaves. thankful for the Hope we have in Christ. but, the loss still leaves a hole in our hearts. loving you all at this time and lifting you up as you walk through this season of grief.



To : Duane
Date :Monday, September 9th 2019
From : Nadine McNutt Boehm
Duane, so sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Cherish all the memories you have of him. I remember talking to your mom and dad years ago when I was trying to track you down for the reunion. I'm sorry but I can not get anyone to help me with this year's reunion and I can't do it alone. I guess we will have to wait for the 50th. Nadine



To : All
Date :Tuesday, September 10th 2019
From : Ron Carol Riegle
What a beautiful tribute to your dad today at the service. We send you our sympathy.



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