James E. Holben, 81, formerly of Lancaster, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at Fairview Manor in Fairview.
He was born in Nu Mine on June 15, 1929, son of the late Floyd and Verda Troupe Holben.
On July 9, 1952, in St. Marys, he married Faith Herzing Holben, who preceded him in dath in 2004.
He graduated from Rimersburg-Madison Joint High School in 1948. Following high school he worked on the Pennsylvania Railroad, which took him to St. Marys, where he met Faith, his future wife. He started work with Stackpole Carbon Co., moving to Burlingame, Calif. for a brief time, then returning to St. Marys. In 1950 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean Conflict at Camp Lejeune and later serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.
In 1973 he moved to Lancaster, Ohio, where he retired as a service officer from the Ohio Department of Veterans Affairs. He was a member of St. Marks Catholic Church in Lancaster, the American Legion, Knights of Columbus Council #1016 and the Lancaster Leathernecks Marine Corps League Detachment #497.
He is survived by his four children, Jane (George) Goodwin of Bloomington, Ill., Hope (Maureen) Holben of Girard, David Holben of Dallas, TX, and Charity (Jeffery) Arnett of Lancaster, OH; three sisters, Verda Rose (Cloyd) Wyant of Rimersburg, Anna Jean Hartle and Shirley (Richard) Bowser of Kittanning; a brother, Fred (Lucy) Holben of Brookville; grandchildren, Jennifer Fuller, Wes Goodwin, Mari and Anyah Holben, Tiffany, Adam and Sarah Arnett, Sterling, Averi and Noah Holben; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Ethan, Elliott and Emma; his wife Faith's sisters and brothers; and by 41 nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial for James E. Holben will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Marks Catholic Church, with Fr. Peter Gideon officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens Cemetery with full military honors.
Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a Celebration of Life at 6 p.m., at the Daniel R. Edder Funeral Home, 309 Main St., Girard. Further calling hours will be held at Sheridan Funeral Home, 222 S. Columbus St., Lancaster, Ohio, on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. A prayer vigil will be held at the funeral home at 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith in Action, 410 North Prairie St., #1, Bloomington, IL 61701; or to VNA Hospice of Erie Co., 2255 W. Grandview Blvd., Erie, PA 16506.
Condolences may be sent to www.edderfuneralhome.com.