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James  Herbert  Masonbrink
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“Dear Marilyn, I have been thinking of you since the day Feb. 28, 2014. So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Please know that you and your family...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Gerd Kjellsby - Christian's mom

“Our sincere sympathy to Marilyn and her family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Carl & Ruth Bettinger - Coldwater, OH

“Our friendship with Jim started when we both attended Defiance College. In recent years we renewed our friendship when attending DC Homecoming and...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: James Moats - Chesterfield, MO

“Dear Jim, Stephanie and family, So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. We're sure he was a phenomenal man and father. Please know your entire...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Margie and Dale Harshman - Dayton, OH

“Dear Marilyn, We heard of Jim's passing and wanted to send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family...,we know he will be deeply missed,and...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Barbe and Jim Dabbelt - Celina, OH

“Dear Marilyn and family, So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. I can just see Jim up there in that heavenly choir...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Bobbi Mauller - Decatur, IN

“Our very dear friends Marilyn & Young Jimmy: We are thinking of you during this difficult time .Our family feels so fortunate to have known Jim, who...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Jeanie Otis Hamm, Pj & Nicole - OH

“Dearest Marilyn,B2G6Q Jimmy & Family, The Heavenly Choir just received a beautiful voice! Jim was the dearest man! Loved by all. Charlie and I...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Charlie and Betsy Johnson - MI

“Marilyn & family, I had the pleasure of working with Jim for many years as a co-worker at Phelan Insurance Agency and he was the agency field rep for...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Janet McEldowney - Lake Placid, FL

“Our hearts are heavy to know of his passing. Thanks for the call on Saturday Marilyn we appreciated being notified. He was one great guy! Love &...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Dick & Loretta Corle - Portland, IN

“Jim and StephMy sympathies to your family. I know we talked about our Dad's probably crossing paths in the insurance business with Celina Group and...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Erhart

“Marilyn and family: You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God be with all of you during your loss. Rich and Jennifer Miller ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: jennifer miller - rockford, OH

“We will deeply miss you Uncle Jim... ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Cheryl and RJ - Xenia, OH - Niece

James "Jim" Herbert Masonbrink, age 77, formerly of Celina passed away on Friday Feb. 28, 2014 at his home in Vandalia. He was born on August 10, 1936 in Kilgore, TX to the late Herbert Charles Masonbrink and Lola Esther (Buckley) Masonbrink. He was married to Marilyn Ann Lehman on June 8, 1957 and is survived by his son James Herbert II & Stephanie Lynn Masonbrink of Vandalia, three grandchildren Gregory Thomas & Danielle Morton, Kassandra Lee (Masonbrink) Bush & Kyle Bush, Lauren Ann Masonbrink, One great grandchild, Jacob Thomas Morton, and his sisters Dola Ann (Masonbrink) Smith of Celina, Mary Esther (Masonbrink) Dixon of Celina and numerous Nieces and Nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert Charles Masonbrink and Lola Esther (Buckley) Masonbrink-Coate, his brother and sister-in-law William Edward & Ramona Faye Masonbrink, and brother-in-laws John Smith and Clarence Dixon.
Jim Graduated from Celina High School with the class of 1955 and attended The Defiance College until 1959. He was a center for the Defiance Football team and in the Kappa Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He served his country in the U.S. army from 1959 -1961 (Active Duty) followed by 4 years in the Army Reserve. He was a member of the Celina VFW, Celina Moose Lodge, Mercer County Elks, a 51 year member of Celina Masonic Lodge #241 F & AM and 30 year member of the Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton. Jim was employed and Retired from the Celina Insurance Group and Phelan Insurance Agency, Versailles. He worked at Midwestern Insurance Group in Milford and Central Mutual Insurance in Van Wert as a sales field representative and received the Fieldman of the Year award from the Professional Insurance Agencies (PIA) in the State of Ohio, twice. He enjoyed his Family, Friends, the Buckeyes and Golf.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday March 8, 2014 at the St. John Lutheran Church in Celina, with Rev. Jeff Gramza officiating. Burial will follow in Swamp College Cemetery in Celina, with Military Honors. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Friday March 7, 2014 at the Lehman-Hogenkamp-Dzendzel Funeral Home and 1 Hour before services at the Church on Saturday. V.F.W. membership service will be held at 7 p.m. and Masonic Lodge services will be held at 8p.m. on Friday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, Mercer County Parkinson Group or St. John Lutheran Church Bell Tower Fund. On-line condolences may be left at