Wingard, James R.

James Robert Wingard, 89 of North Ridgeville, Ohio

Passed away on April 21st, 2020 due to severe complications from the Covid-19 Virus.

He was born in Scottdale, Pennsylvania September 15th, 1930.

He was a Veteran of the Korean War.

He retired from Ohio Laborers Union in 1991.

He is survived by daughter Tammara L. Garcher, sisters Connie Renze, Elaine Collins (Darrell), brother Samuel Wingard, grandchildren Tiffany Ketcham (Kevin), Kevin Fowler (Kasey), Ryan Fowler-Wingard, Nicholas Fowler (Brittany), James Fowler, and 10 great-grandchildren

Preceded in death by his sweetheart, wife of 57 years Carol Jean Wingard (Imhof), parents Samuel E. Wingard and Helen K. Wingard (Cowan), sisters Faye Howell, Betty Haney and brother Barry Wingard.

JR Wingard was the Man of Steel, The Jack of all Trades and the funniest, goofiest man who brought a smile to every occasion. If he could build or fix something to make anyone’s life better, he would make it ten times more innovative. Always moving, always working on something. This man would sacrifice everything he could if it meant providing for his family. Stubborn as all heck but for all the right reasons, he would help you see the ways you could improve your life and help you get there along the way. Beautiful gardens, immaculate wood sculptures, dazzling jewelry. He stopped at nothing and wound up creating the most loving family and strongest marriage. James had the mind of a philosopher, pondering all the worldly and other worldly things in a grand curiosity. He now joins his wife, to continue their love in the great beyond. They may be gone, but they will always be with us in our hearts and in our souls, watching over us from the empty spaces within our homes. We Love You.

Memorial Service will be planned for a later date due to the restrictions with the Covid-19 pandemic

In lieu of flowers or gifts please donate to Cleveland Clinic COVID-19 Community Response Campaign – Support Caregivers and Critical Research

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  1. My deepest sympathy to his family, JR, as we called him had a heart of gold !! He was always there for anyone who needed him !
    JR. and I became good friends, more like family when my daughter was in physical therapy due to a car accident. He would come talk to her and tell her jokes and try to cheer her up.
    He was a inspiration to her and we all loved him dearly!!
    You will be missed my dear friend but never forgotten!!
    We have so many good memories of time spent with you !!
    May you fly high Eagle !
    We Love you,
    Mary, Kathy and Tim
    The Eagle has landed home safely ❤️

  2. My deepest condolences to the Wingard Family. It is hard to find the words to say. May the peace of God that passes all understanding wrap you tight as you face the new journey.

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