James E Yencer

December 23, 1947 - April 3, 2020
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James E. Yencer, age 72 of Lima, passed at 3:34 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2020 in Lima. He was born December 23, 1947 in Bryan, Ohio to the late H. James and Bonna M. Alexander Yencer, Jr.

Mr. Yencer was a graduate of Lima Senior High School and retired as a maintenance electrician from the U.S. Government. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of the American Legion in Edgerton and Spencerville. Jim was a war gamer. He loved history, being part of the reenactment during the bicentennial, help founded the Cival War reenactment group and worked on and in movies to help with the accuracy of ‘Glory’, ‘Gettysburg’, and ‘God’s Generals’.

He is survived by his adopted sisters – Tammy (Ken) Smith of Elida and Melai (Randy) Ritchie of Cridersville; and several nieces an nephews.

Due to restrictions of the COVID-19 virus, private family services will be held. His cremated remains, along with his fathers, will be taken to sea by the U.S. Navy.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice.

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Born: December 23, 1947
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John Henry posted on 4/10/20

Thanks for all the memories my good friend. The years in the 13th Virginia were some of the best of my life, and you being their was a big part. Someday we'll be able to talk over the fun times of standing in formation ready to move forward in line. You will be truly missed. Rest in Peace my good friend. John Henry First Sgt (Retired) 13th Va Co H.


Patti Hanneman posted on 4/9/20

Dear Melai and family, I was sorry to learn of Jim's passing. He helped me get through the toughest time of my life, and for that I will always be grateful. We always enjoyed working on Civil War reenactment activities where he would lead his outfit (the 13th Virginia) and I would do my best to be a southern belle. God bless you for all you have done for his family. You were instrumental in helping him get through the passing of his dad and then his mother. He appreciated your selfless love that you should his family. I appreciated you, tool Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Patti Hanneman


Dave Fadley posted on 4/7/20

When I began reenacting 13TH Virginia, Jim was Lt. Yencer. He was a tough officer, but I learned he was a good guy, too. He became a good friend as well. He was loved by many and will be missed. RIP, Lt. Yencer.


Dave Fadley posted on 4/7/20

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Lon Hager posted on 4/6/20

It was an honor to have served with you, sir.