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James L. Tarter, 92, of Lima, died at 6:42 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.
He was born Dec. 31, 1919, in Wytheville, Va., the son of to Georgia (Lambert) and Lacy Mathias Tarter, who preceded him in death. On June 24, 1939, he married Marjorie R. Morgan, and she preceded him in death Oct. 19, 2010.
Surviving are two sons, John L. (Claudia S.) Tarter, of Dayton, Daniel M. Tarter, of Trenton, Mich.; two daughters, Vickie (Robert) Bidwell, of Wapakoneta, and Glenna (Dwane) Smith, of Edgerton, Kan.; a brother, Randolph (Peggy) Tarter, of Benton City, Wash.; eight grandchildren, Brian Bidwell, Brad Bidwell, Greg Tarter, Jennifer DeFinis, Erika Tarter, Michelle Sievers, Matthew Tarter and Brandon Smith; and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, James M. Tarter; three brothers, Fred Tarter, Elbert Tarter, and Clayton Tarter; and four sisters, Lucille Grubb, Martha Zeppatella, Eleanor Atkinson and Louise Perrie.
Mr. Tarter had been a machinist for D. T. & I. Railroad. He was a member of the International Association of Machinist, Perry Township Lions Club and Perry Township Fire Dept. He enjoyed his family, gardening, hunting and all animals. He had been a part time farmer.
Private family services will be held Thursday.
Contributions may be given to The Salvation Army or to the Allen County Humane Society.
Condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com.
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