James Edward Woolsey

Born: Fri., May 31, 1929
Died: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Jan. 21, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jan. 22, 2019
Location: Clay Church

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James Edward Woolsey

May 31, 1929 - Jan. 17, 2019

SOUTH BEND, IN - James Edward Woolsey, 89, of South Bend died at 12:58 a.m. Thursday, January 17 in Memorial Hospital. Mr. Woolsey was born May 31, 1929 in Oakland City, IN to the late Lucinda Mae (Johnson) and Theodore Temple Woolsey and had lived in the New Carlisle - South Bend area since 1962, coming from Bluffton, IN. On March 28, 1953 in Wawaka, IN he married Marianne Lower, who preceded him in death in 2000. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Woolsey, an infant sister, Carolyn June Woolsey, and a stepdaughter-in-law, Cindy Ruff. On August 16, 2002 he married Phyllis A. Ruff who survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Beth Jalaine Wheat (David) of LaPorte, TX and Gail Eileen Faircloth (Anthony) of Cantonment, FL; son, Jonathan Temple Woolsey (Kathryn) of Ft. Wayne, IN; grandchildren, James Edward Collier Wheat, Ethan Charles Lower Wheat, Samuel Dwain Temple Faircloth, Grace Elizabeth Woolsey, Emma Kathryn Cumberland (Shane) and Meredith Hope Woolsey; stepsons, Timothy Alan Ruff of Tampa, FL, Dennis Scott Ruff (Jane) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Thomas Eric Ruff (Meg) of Cape Elizabeth, ME; step-grandchildren, Suzanne Wilson O'Neal (Andrew), Merideth Alex Van Meter (Tyler), Jennifer Hill Ruff, Elizabeth Anne Ruff, and Lula Rhode Ruff; one step-great-grandson, Jacob Glenn Van Meter; sisters, Barbara Dotson (Kenneth) of Henderson, KY and Sandra Hudson (Jack) of Bedford, IN; and a sister-in-law, Mabel Woolsey of Huntingburg, IN.

James was a teacher of 41 years and is retired from the New Prairie School Corporation. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelors in Ag Science and had Masters Degrees from Ball State and Notre Dame. He was a 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force for 2 years and remained active in the reserves. He was active in the New Carlisle community with the Boy Scouts, the Lions Club, and the New Carlisle United Methodist Church. He also worked for many years as a park ranger at Bendix Woods County Park. Most recently he has served in the Clay United Methodist Church in South Bend and was a member of the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution). His passion was genealogy and he loved to talk about his family's history.

Funeral Services to celebrate Jim's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 22 in Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd., South Bend with Rev. Brian Durand officiating. Cremation will follow with inurnment at Selvin Cemetery, Selvin, IN at a later date. The family will receive friends from 4 until 7 p.m. Monday, January 21 in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd., South Bend and in the church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the service at 11:00.

Memorial contributions may be made to Clay Church, 52866 Ironwood Rd., South Bend, IN 46635. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in James's memory to the following organization:

Clay Church
52866 Ironwood Rd, South Bend

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Victoria Hamann
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
We are greatly sorry for your loss. Jim was a GREAT GUY. We still remember the first time having breakfast together with Jim & Phyllis after a church service at Clay. What a splendid couple! We 'll always remember Jim as being charming, always open for hugs & chit-chat and loved a good laugh. He will be missed greatly.

Jim & Vicky Hamann

Joe & Terri Kucharski
   Posted Mon January 21, 2019
Joe and I are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
Know that we are lifting you up in our prayers
Joe $ Terri

Russell Midkiff
   Posted Fri January 25, 2019
God bless you Jim. You were a great man. You will be missed.

God bless you Phyllis. Margie and I send our condolences.

Barbara Schlarp
   Posted Tue January 29, 2019
I was a student of Mr. Woolsey in the early 90’s. I was always happy to run into him in later years when he served as a park ranger. He was always one of my favorite teachers. He had such a wonderful sense of humor, compassion, and patience with basically a bunch of rascal kids. He touched thousands of lives and left love wherever he went.

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