James Lee Sunderman

December 7, 1943 ~ June 21, 2018 (age 74)

James Lee Sunderman, 74, of Defiance, passed away on  Thursday, June 21, 2018 at his home in Defiance.   
He was born on December 7, 1943 to the late Eddie and Eltha  (Hoops) Sunderman in Henry County.  Jim was a 1961 graduate of  Deshler High School. On April 17, 1999  he married Marti (Myers) Sunderman, who preceded him in death on August  25, 2011. 
Jim was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He worked as an electrician at General Motors in Defiance until his retirement. Jim served as the official scorekeeper for Defiance High School boys and girls basketball games. He was a loyal supporter of  DHS Athletics, and an avid fan of Cleveland.  
James is survived by his son, Greg Sunderman of Tallahassee, FL, stepdaughters, Stephanie Sito of Chicago, IL, and Shannon Forsythe of Auburn, IN, five step-grandchildren, brothers, Ken (Marilyn) Sunderman of Wauseon, Dave (Pam) Sunderman of Malinta, and Rich (Julie) Sunderman of  Hamler.  
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marti Sunderman.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, June 29, 2018 at Schaffer Funeral Home in Defiance, and for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
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