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James R. Warzon

June 10, 1945 ~ February 15, 2024 (age 78) 78 Years Old

James Warzon Obituary

James “Jim” Robert Warzon passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 15, 2024, at the age of 78. Jim was a loving husband, devoted father, and proud grandfather who left an indelible mark on the lives of those who knew him.

Jim was born on June 10, 1945 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Leo and Emily Swiekatowski Warzon. He attended Marquette High School and Marquette University, where he was vice-president of the student body, while earning a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. While in college he earned money by driving cabs. This supported the social lives of his friends, who gave him the nickname “Diamond Jim”. After graduating in 1968 he joined the US Air Force. Throughout his career he demonstrated the commitment to duty and honor that defined his character. He proudly served his country as a C -130 pilot stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. During this time, he flew countless missions around the world, commanding a combat crew of five on airlift missions. As part of his 18-month tour in Southeast Asia he delivered supplies, including ammunition and fuel to fire bases in Vietnam. He also transported troops and flew paratroopers to their targets. He frequently flew into hostile territory including cities under siege during the 1972 Tet Offensive. His final missions in Vietnam included returning North Vietnamese POWs to Hanoi. After returning from Southeast Asia, he became an instructor pilot before being honorably discharged in 1974. He often joked that his final tour was his most dangerous.

His commitment to serving his country did not end with his military career. Later in his life he served as precinct executive, overseeing voting locations. His service as a regular poll worker embodied his faith in the American political system.

After leaving the Air Force he began a long career with Procter & Gamble, completing his MBA along the way. His roles included fabric and dish care manufacturing and initiative planning with assignments in Lima, Ohio, Long Beach, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio until his retirement in 2004. He truly loved his job and believed in the quality of the products, the integrity of the company, and most of all the caliber of the people he worked with, many of whom became lifelong friends.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Ginny, with whom he shared a lifetime of companionship. Together they built a family that brought immense joy and fulfillment to their lives. He is also survived by their children: Betsy (Todd) Rinehart, Katie (Paul) Berrettini, Molly Johnson, and Andy (Kristen) Warzon and grandchildren: Will, Mary Grace, Jack, and Henry Rinehart; Mia, Nicholas, James, and Louie Berrettini; Ellie, Claire, Anna, and Meg Johnson; Cal, Julia, and Theo Warzon. He is also survived by sister, Barbara Warzon Graff and brothers and sisters-in-law: John, Susan (Lane), Carol (Maggie), and David (Cindy) Oatis, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Andrew Berrettini. His family was the light of his world, and his cherished grandchildren were a constant source of pride and joy for him. 

Jim’s devotion to his family was unwavering, and his role as a husband, father, and grandfather was the cornerstone of his life. His children and grandchildren, especially, brought him immeasurable happiness, and he reveled in the moments spent with them. He formed a special bond with each of them based on their individual interests. He would spoil them with doughnuts, Cherry Thing-a-lings, trips to the candy store and McDonald’s, and he could never pass up a trip to an ice cream shop. He introduced them to one of his favorite childhood treats, Fairy Food, which became an annual Christmas tradition.

Jim found his greatest joys in the simplest things of life – picking berries, growing tomatoes, fishing in Canada, reading the news, hanging Christmas lights, watching his grandchildren play sports, and gathering with his family of 24. He enjoyed finding bargains wherever he could, including shopping at Costco and clipping coupons. One of his favorite hobbies was monitoring the weather and sharing his predictions with his family members. Jim was also an expert in trivia and had a broad range of knowledge. Everyone wanted him on their team.

Wisconsin-born, he was originally a Packers fan, but upon moving to Cincinnati he embraced the Bengals and enjoyed cheering them on with his family through almost 39 seasons, even through the dark years. He was a classic example of “actions speak louder than words,” as his love was demonstrated by always showing up and his willingness to help. From delivering left-behind stuffed animals to his grandchildren, to watching little league games in freezing, pouring rain, his loyal, selfless, and quiet love is his legacy. 

Visitation will be at Gilligan Funeral Home in Kenwood from 5-7pm on Thursday, February 22nd. On Friday, February 23rd there will be another Visitation from 11am-Noon at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on E. Kemper Rd., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at Noon. Following that will be a celebration of Jim’s life at the Montgomery Inn. All family and friends are welcome to attend.

The family kindly suggests donations to one of these charities in Jim’s honor:

The Kensington Conservancy which preserves habitat in the St. Joseph Channel in northern Ontario, Canada where Jim and Ginny vacationed every summer with their family for over 55 years.

Folds of Honor which provides scholarships to the spouses and children of America’s disabled or fallen military and first responders.

Jim's spirit will remain in our hearts, and his memory will shine brightly in our lives, reminding us to embrace each day with the same dedication and love for family that he exhibited. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten.

May he rest in eternal peace.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
February 22, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gilligan Funeral Home
8225 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45236

Visitation
Friday
February 23, 2024

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8815 East Kemper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
February 23, 2024

12:00 PM
Good Shepherd Catholic Church
8815 East Kemper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45249

Donations

The Kensington Conservancy
736 N. Western Avenue, PMB 346, Lake Forest IL 60045
Web: https://www.kensingtonconservancy.org/tribute-gifts.html

Folds of Honor
5971 N Patriot Drive, Owasso OK 74055
Tel: 1-918-274-4700
Web: https://foldsofhonor.org/

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