PAULDING – James D. Iler, age 77 of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, September 30 at Mercy Defiance Hospital.

He was born on February 26, 1944 to Lloyd and Ruth (Smith) Iler in Paulding County. On Aug. 14, 1971 he married Carol (Zimmerman) Iler, who survives.

Jim was a faithful member of St. John's Catholic Church for many years. He graduated from Madison South High School and The Ohio State University. He also served in the Peace Corps in South America for two years, and taught Spanish at Ayersville High School for 28 years until his retirement.

Jim will be missed by his loving wife of 50 years, Carol, his brother Wilmer (Pat) Iler and sister Marcia (Bob) Locy. Jim is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim requested that there not be any services, but that friends and relatives pray for the repose of his soul and cherish his memory. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements.

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