James Richard Lile, 83, of Bellefontaine and formerly of West Liberty, passed away Thursday evening, January 16, 2014 at the Mary Rutan Hospital Emergency Room. He was born in Bellefontaine on June 27, 1930 to the late Frank V. and Abbie R. (Hayes) Lile. Jim was also preceded in death by a brother Joe Lile, a sister Phyllis Guthrie, a sister-in-law Shirley Lile, a grandson Eric Lile, and two great-grandchildren Joshua and Anthony James Legge.
Jim has been an auctioneer for 60-plus years in the family business, Logan Auction, following his father, and he currently has two sons and a son-in-law in the business. He also worked thirty years at Navistar before retiring in the mid-1990s.
Jim is survived by his children: Richard (Rosalie) Lile of Centerville, Jimmy (Elizabeth) Lile of Denver, Colorado, Mick (Roni) Lile of Bellefontaine, Phyllis (Steve) Smith of Bellefontaine, Tim (Staci) Lile of Centerville, and Amanda (Darrin) Howard of Urbana; many grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; brother Levi (Nancy) Lile of Bellefontaine; sister Katherine Hartzler of West Liberty; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at the Eichholtz Funeral Home, Bellefontaine on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 4-8pm, with funeral services on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11am with Pastor Jonathan Bull officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, West Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to a local humane society.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.edsfh.com.