James Herbert VanHoosear,  75, of Rockford, Ohio, formerly of Coldwater, Michigan, died at 11:06 a.m. at Lima Memorial Hospital in Lima, Ohio, on Friday, October 9, 2015.  He was born on June 14, 1940 in Coldwater, Michigan.  He was the son of Marian and Lucene (Batterson) VanHoosear.    He was first married to Joanne (Blue) Lyman who is the mother of his children, and she now resides in Santa Ana, California.  He then married Bonna J. Gratz, and she preceded in death.  Jim had resided in Rockford since 2011, coming from Coldwater, Michigan.


Surviving are one daughter and three sons:  Janice (Barry) Peel, Jr.,Rockford, Ohio; Jeffrey VanHoosear (Greg McCollum) , Santa Ana, California; Jed VanHoosear, Hillsdale, Michigan; and Jayson (Erin) VanHoosear, Shelby Township, Michigan.  Also surviving are 7 grandchildren:  Barry (Julie) Peel III, Rockford, Ohio; Andrew (Amanda) Peel, Willshire, Ohio; Jade Fultz, Monroe, Georgia; Mya VanHoosear, Shelby Township, Michigan; Cooper VanHoosear, Shelby Township, Michigan; Lucas McCollum VanHoosear, Santa Ana, California; and Kate McCollum VanHoosear, also of Santa Ana, California.  Three great grandchildren survive:   Jaymin Peel, Emry Peel, and Harlynn Peel, all of Rockford.  One brother, Elwin (Evelyn) VanHoosear of Quincy, Michigan also survives; deceased is a sister, Velma Estlow and a brother-in-law, Marvin Estlow. 


Private services will be held at a later date in Michigan.  Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.  Condolences may be expressed at


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