James Esparza


James G. Esparza, 40, of California Street, died at 12:10 a.m. April 6, 2017, at Columbus Regional Hospital.

James was born October 2, 1976, in Indianapolis, the son of Guillermo and Bertha Esparza. He married Ashley Fields on September 26, 2013.

He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed his music (LOUD).

He loved joking around with all of his guys on the painting crew. He was a family man and cherished spending time with his wife and children, who were his world.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, 2017, at Jewell-Rittman Family Funeral Home, where family and friends will have an opportunity to share memories of James. Calling hours will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the James Esparza Memorial Fund through the funeral home.

Survivors include his wife, Ashley; parents, Guillermo and Bertha of California; sons, Kamdyn Fields and Kasyn Esparza, both of Columbus; daughters, Ashley Collis of Kentucky and Alicia Esparza and Raeauna Esparza, both of Indianapolis; grandmother, Charlene Benham of Indianapolis; brothers, Will Esparza, Guillermo Esparza Jr. and Jerry Esparza, all of California and Doug Woodward of Indianapolis; sisters, Amanda Woodward of Indianapolis and Sugey Esparza of California; aunt, Cassie Benham – Lightner; father- and mother-in-law, Russ and Virginia Dixon; and brother-in-law, Adam Atwood.

You are invited to view his video tribute, light a virtual candle and send a message to the family via the internet.