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Obituary: James Ernest Holwager, North Vernon

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James Ernest Holwager, 74, of North Vernon, Indiana, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his son’s residence in Commiskey, Indiana.

James was born June 25, 1940, in Lancaster, Indiana, the son of Charles and Ruby Marshall Holwager. He married Catherine Rucker June 16, 1979, in North Vernon, Indiana. She preceded him in death April 15, 2009.

James retired after 48 years with Arvin Industries in Columbus, Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958 to 1961 and was a member of Queensville Christian Church where he sang in the choir. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushroom hunting, dancing, bluegrass music and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his two sons, Mark (Janice) Holwager of Commiskey, Indiana, and Randy Williams of Butlerville, Indiana; four daughters, Jo (Terry) Petty of Butlerville, Indiana, Pam (Jamey) Branum and Paula Holwager, both of North Vernon, Indiana, and Sharon (Andy) Tice of Versailles, Indiana; three stepsons, David (Connie) Rucker of North Vernon, Indiana, Ernie McNeal of Nevada and Rob (Tressa) Tillett of Scipio, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Valerie (Robert) Maxwell of North Vernon, Indiana, and Shellie Hutchinson of Taylorsville, Indiana; six brothers, George (Jeanie) Holwager of Lancaster, Indiana, Fred Holwager of Seymour, Indiana, John (Dorothy) Holwager of Columbus, Indiana, Roy Holwager and Joe Holwager, both of Edinburgh, Indiana, and Robert (Dinah) Holwager of Brunswick, Georgia; three sisters, Mabel Harrison of Madison, Indiana, Emma Jo Mack of Lancaster, Indiana, and Mary (Roscoe) Daugherty of Camby, Indiana; 27 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Glenn Holwager; and two grandsons, Keith Young and Corbin Cheesebrew.

Funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon, Indiana, with the Rev. William Ramey and the Rev. Edward Wooddell officiating. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to the service on Sunday. Burial with military graveside rites will be at Vernon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Our Hospice of Jennings County.

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