SEBRING, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James Harold Wyant, Sr., born in Akron, Ohio November 20, 1924, returned to his heavenly Father on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 in Sebring, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Free Everett and Mary Etta Wyant; son, James H Wyant, Jr.; daughter, Patricia Hill; grandson, Craig Hill; great-grandson, Jacob Posey and sons-in-law, Bruce Rush and Brian Abel. He was also preceded in death by his sisters and their husbands, Wilma (Gilbert) McKitrick and Jacqueline (Denzil) Rogers; his mother and father-in-law, James and Ann Raycraft; brother-in-law, James Raycraft, Jr. and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois (Charles) Johnson.
Surviving him is his wife of 57 years, Catherine (Kay) Wyant; daughters, Shirley (William) McLauglin, Delores (Jerry) Posey, Brenda Rush, Barbara (David) Hawk, Karen (Bryan) Burwell and Diane Able; son, David (Kelly) Korb; 13 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Jim served his country as a Staff Sargent in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He flew 33 missions as a Ball Turret Gunner on a B-17. His last mission was over Pilsen Czechoslovakia at the end of WWII. Following this mission he was to be reassigned to Las Vegas to learn how to fly on a B-25 but the war ended and he went home.
On his return to the U.S. he joined Lawson Milk as a truck driver raising to the position of Bakery Shipping Manager. He left Lawson’s after 22 years to try living in Massachusetts, Kay’s home state. He found that his roots were in Ohio and returned home to Cuyahoga Falls and joined the ranks of Wonder Bread as a transportation supervisor. He added Operations Manager at the Youngstown plant to his resume before retiring from Wonder Bread.
He has been a wonderful companion, father, grandfather, uncle, friend and great-papa. May he rest in peace.
Public visitation will take place on Friday, November 20, 2020 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Gednetz-Ruzek-Brown Funeral Home in Sebring, Ohio. Military Service and Funeral to follow at 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be live streamed Friday, November 20 beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Burial will take place on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls.
Per the state wide mask mandate, all guests will be required to wear a mask while inside the building.
You may sign the guest register online at www.grfuneralhome.com.
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A television tribute will air Friday, November 20 at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.
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