In Memory

Jim Flechtner

Jim Flechtner

Jim Flechtner

September 27, 1944 - June 9, 2023

James E. "Jim" Flechtner, 78, of Findlay, passed away Friday, June 9, 2023, at Fox Run Nursing Home, Findlay.

He was born Sept. 27, 1944, in Tiffin, to Homer J. and Margaret A. (German) Flechtner, who preceded him in death.

Jim married Lesley Clingerman in 1969 and they later divorced. He attended Michigan State University, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. He also attended The Ohio State University, graduating with his Master of Arts degree in English Literature. Jim retired from State of Ohio Job and Family Services where he served as a supervisor for the Adult Protective Services and many other roles.

Jim was truly a humanitarian. He was a founding member of Hope House in Findlay, served on the board for Hancock County Agency on Aging and Hancock County Society for the Handicapped for 19 years. He also served as President of Friends of the Findlay Public Library. Jim was an avid fan of early rock and roll musicians, especially Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Fats Domino, and Buddy Holly.

Jim is survived by his life partner, Patricia McVetty; sons, Joshua Flechtner of Findlay and Jeremy Flechtner of Findlay; brother, Jed (Rose McKnight) Flechtner of Granville; and very special granddaughter, Victoria Flechtner of Findlay.

Jim's family would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the care team at Bridge Hospice Care Center for their extraordinary care, compassion, and hospitality.

At Jim's request, no services will take place. COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay, has been entrusted with his care.

Donations in Jim's memory may be given to West Ohio Food Bank, 1380 E. Kibby St., Lima, Ohio 45804 ( <Click here for donation> then click on Make a Donation button), or Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay <>.

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06/12/23 12:16 PM #1    

Ernie Miller

Prayers to family and friends in your Grief.

06/12/23 02:52 PM #2    

Dick Wetzel

My condolences to Jim's family.  Jim and I were friends from first grade until graduation, when our contacts became few and far between. We lived across the street from each other as kids and spent many enjoyable summers hanging out and playing, and were in the same boy scout troop.  Many fond memories.  Jim was one of the smartest guys I have ever known.  His passing brings home our current status in life.  Every day is a gift.  Rest in peace, my friend.

06/12/23 10:39 PM #3    

Jane Thompson (Paige)

So sorry to hear.  Jim was such a nice ( and brilliant ) guy.  My sympathy to his family.


06/13/23 07:42 AM #4    

Cindra Fry (Mullins)

So very sorry to hear if Jim's passing. Many thoughts and prayers for his family. 

06/13/23 05:25 PM #5    

Stephen "Steve" Wilcoxson

We were privileged to belong to a class with a lot of nice people. While no one became President, or was elected to congress (that I am aware of - to dangle a participle), many made a difference to others as they moved along in life. Jim was one of those people who worked to make life easier for others. Well done Jim. 

06/16/23 08:24 AM #6    

Paul Thomas

Jim...I send you good karma and wishes for a safe journey in this life transition.  I'll miss our email exchanges regarding rock and roll and life in general. So many memories over the years.  Our fishing trip with your Dad to Middle Bass/Lake Erie when we were caught in a storm and he put us on the Put-In-Bay ferry rather than risk the crossing in an open boat.  I wish the same safe crossing for you now.  We are all on that path and it serves as a reminder to make the most of the time we have in this life.  Safe journey!

06/24/23 04:39 PM #7    

William Doemel

While Jim and I went to the same kindergarten (I think), the same grade school (Monroe), the same Junior and Senior High School, I never took time to listen to Jim. To my shame, I really didn't listen until a class reunion--I don't remember which one but it was held in a downtown gathering place that was once a store. Nancy and I sat with Jim and Patricia and I listened for the first time. We were both fascinated that evening as Jim talked passionately about books. He and Nacy shared this love and appreciation for books. While Jim was more interested in history, we found many books that either Nancy or I had also read.

At our 50th Reunion, Jim shared another love with the class--records, not CDs but records. He brought his collection and was the DJ for the evening. He had an amazing collection.

When Nancy died in 2016, Jim generously brought Penny to Crawfordsville for Nancy's "celebration of LIfe". He got to stay in our basment. Our house was filled with books and there in the basement he discovered some treasures, specifically histories of Seneca County. He offered to buy them but I suggested that he make a donation in memory of Nancy to the Montgomery County Community Foundation. He gathered a box of books, admonished me for storing such valuable items in a basement, and, as promised, later made at donation  in Nancy's memory.

Jim truly was engaged in his community, making it better. Here are some quotations from his profile:

Retirement: Retired from state employment in January 2005, after 33 years. Still work part-time (on call) as a Probate Court Investigator, serving guardianship notices and evaluating subjects of proposed guardianship. Also have a booth at Jeffrey's Antique Gallery just north of Findlay, where I sell collectible books and records. Serve on the board of Hope House, a temporary shelter for women and children which I also co-founded, and also serve on the board of the Hancock County Agency on Aging. Disc jockey record hops for the Agency on Aging. Read, write poetry, collect books and records.

Volunteer: See above. I am also a volunteer for the public library; a co-founder of the local low-income dental clinic; a former Big Brother. In 1996 I was honored to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Findlay, in recognition of my various community activities. (Added July 1): I am also a co-founder of a volunteer guardianship program (actually two programs; the first one fizzled out after a few years so we started a new one, which is now an active part of the Agency on Aging) and of an in-home psychiatric therapeutic program for senior citizens, also now a part of the Agency on Aging. I was involved, but not in a leading role, in the formation of a transportation program aimed at, but not limited to, low-income residents of Hancock County; that program is called HATS (Hancock Area Transportation Service) and I remain on its advisory council. I served on the board of the Hancock County Society for the Handicapped, a small organization which raised money and disbursed it for the purchase of small items and services to assist handicapped people; I was on this board for 19 years, serving as Treasurer for almost half that time. I still serve on periodic strategic planning committees for the local MR/DD board. And I have served on several United Way committees, on the Regional Planning Commission's land-use committee, on a high school planning committee, and on the Findlay Mayor's community assessment team.

Jim quietly and hunbly provided service to others. He truly made a difference. 



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