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James A. Walpole

November 21, 1935 ~ May 12, 2021 (age 85)


James A. "Jim" Walpole, 85, of Defiance, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at Kingsbury Place in Defiance.   
He was born on November 21, 1935 to the late Clyde and Jewell (Sutton) Walpole in Kennett, Missouri.  On August 17, 1957 he married Marilyn (Minck) Walpole, who resides in Defiance. 

Jim was a member of  St. Mary Catholic Church, and Knights of Columbus #1039. He worked as an Industrial Engineer for General Motors for over 43 years until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of Defiance Eagles #372, and Elks Lodge #147. Jim loved to read, travel, and spend time with his family.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Marilyn Walpole of Defiance, his son Michael (Rebecca) Walpole of Fishers, IN, and his daughter, Cynthia (Benjamin) Talalla of Glenwood, WI. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his sister, Donna (Gordon) Redd of Gulf Port, MS. 
In addition to  his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Walpole, and brothers, Hugh and Ronald Walpole.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 pm on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Defiance, with Fr. Randy Giesige officiating. Due to the pandemic, masks and social distancing are required. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church, or St. Jude Children's Hospital. Online condolences can be given at

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Mass of Christian Burial
May 15, 2021

12:30 PM
St Mary s Catholic Church

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