James Locker

February 26, 1931 - September 8, 2019
James Locker thumbnail
 
Geib Funeral Home & Crematory
Paula Brick
Shelia (Sizemore) Trachsel
Joan Feller
Carolyn Vaughn Light a candle
X

Obituary

James Thomas Locker, 88, of New Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019, in Aultman Hospital in Canton, following a brief illness.

Born in Fairfield Township, Ohio on February 26, 1931, he was one of 18 children to the late Clem E. and Gertrude S. (Grund) Locker, Sr.

After graduating from Dover High S…

read more

James Thomas Locker, 88, of New Philadelphia, passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019, in Aultman Hospital in Canton, following a brief illness.

Born in Fairfield Township, Ohio on February 26, 1931, he was one of 18 children to the late Clem E. and Gertrude S. (Grund) Locker, Sr.

After graduating from Dover High School in 1950, Jim honorably served his country in the United States Army as a corporal during the Korean War. He was decorated with the Korean Service Medal with 2 bronze stars; the United Nations Service Medal and the Presidential Unit Citation.

On December 28, 1951, he married his lifelong companion and friend, the former Frances E. Garrett, whom he met at a square dance in Somerdale. Together, they were members of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New Philadelphia, where Jim was an active member and served as an usher.

Jim’s professional career spanned 30 years with the New Philadelphia Police Department, where he served as Chief of Police for 19 years. He also served 20 years as a councilman with the New Philadelphia City Council and more than 20 years as a board member with the Salvation Army.

Jim was a member of the New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445, a 50-year member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4, and the Moose Club in Dover.

Most importantly, Jim was a devoted and attentive husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his “honey girls” and “honey boys” and enjoyed attending their events and throwing the wiffle ball in the backyard. He could also be found canning, square dancing, or playing cards with friends and family. He and his son-in-law, Keith, spent many days mushroom hunting also. Jim also loved to watch the Dover and New Philadelphia football teams play under the lights, and spent many days on the golf course.

Jim will be deeply missed by his wife of 67 years, Frances; his children Jeff (Kim) Locker of Dover, Thomas (Vicki) Locker of New Philadelphia, and Brenda (Keith) Gonda of New Philadelphia; grandchildren, Shannon (Josh) Maurer and their children, Owen, Reese, Boston, and Brooklynn; Tiffany (Brandon) Winnie and their children, Sage, Gabe, Sammie, Arya, and Sophia; Kourtney (Casey) Perkowski and their children, Piper, Bella, Kinley, and Sawyer; Kevin (Jennifer) Locker and their daughter, Olivia; David (Alyssa) Locker and their daughter, Rosie; Valerie (Wesley) Newton and their son, Thomas; Brittany (Trey) Perkowski and their children Rory and McGuire; Alanna (Russ) Erwin and their children Lily and Gianna; and Kathleen Locker; and his siblings, Pauline, Shirley, Faye, and Marlene.

Jim was preceded in passing by his siblings, Agnes, Dan, Paul, John, Dorothy, Alma, Clem Jr., Robert, Russell, Eva, Jean, Charles and Ray.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Rev. Scott Nellis will officiate a funeral service on Friday beginning at 11 a.m. in the Emmanuel Lutheran Church at New Philadelphia. Visitation will be held in the church one hour prior to the service also. Burial will follow in East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia where the New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445 will render military honors.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be directed to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 202 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

hide

Leave a Condolence

View All Condolences Post a Condolence

Service Information

Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

End Time: 8:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

| Map


Service Information

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

202 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

| Map


Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019

East Avenue Cemetery

Address:

1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

| Map


Donation Information

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

202 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of James by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Timeline for James Locker

Born: February 26, 1931
Died: September 8, 2019

Condolences for James Locker

Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Paula Brick posted on 9/14/19

Brenda and Keith, sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family. Terry and Paula Brick.

 

Tim and Penney Simmers posted on 9/13/19

To the Locker family, you have our deepest sympathy and prayers.

 

Kim and Kathy posted on 9/12/19

Shannon and family I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your grandfather I met him at one of the kids ballgames and had a very nice conversation with him . Kathy and I are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time . Please let us know if we can do anything to help .

 

Connie and Bob Flanagan posted on 9/12/19

Our most sincere condolences to Jim’s family. Our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. I’m glad I got to see Jim awarded his 50 year FOP pin last fall. It was such an honor. Connie and Bob Flanagan

 

Cynthia K Mathias posted on 9/12/19

With deepest sympathy to the Locker family. May the Chief rest in peace in the loving arms of our Lord. Cindy (Watson) Mathias

 

Rita Fox posted on 9/11/19

Condolences to all the Locker family. Prayers are with you at this very sad time. Bill & Rita Fox

 

Karen (Beitzel) Welch posted on 9/11/19

Keeping the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Frank Leone posted on 9/11/19

to Frances, and all the family ,you all have my deepest sympathy in this time of loss ,sorrow and grief , your in my deep thoughts and prayers ,Jim and you all were the best nieghbers , I allways looked up to Jim , he is a great man and , humanitairian , Frank Leone and family

 

Kim and Charlyn Menapace posted on 9/11/19

Our deepest sympathy to the Locker Family. Chief Locker was a terrific fellow and will be greatly missed. My husband’s boss for many years and always so kind when we saw him at church. A great community leader. Our Thoughts and prayers for your loss.

 

Tony &Amy Sandy posted on 9/10/19

Prayers to you Brenda and Keith may God’s light shine upon you in your time of grief

 

Shelia (Sizemore) Trachsel posted on 9/10/19

Jim was a good neighbor to my mom and dad when they lived on Bank. He was very patient with my dad in in "forgetful" times. My family has always appreciated that. Prayers for Frances and his family.

 

Joan Feller posted on 9/10/19

What a fine man!my prayers go to his familyjoan

 

MR. & DR. KEVIN B. (DENISE) PETITTE posted on 9/10/19

Our Deepest Sympathy, Thoughts and Prayers To All!

 

Diane Aydt posted on 9/10/19

Dear Brenda & Keith, Shannon, Tiffany & Kourtney and families, I am so sorry to hear about your loss and I ask that God will be with you and comfort you during this difficult time. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Diane Aydt

 

Mike & Laura Maurer posted on 9/9/19

Frances and family....with much love we offer Our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort to all of you at the passing of Jim. He was such a wonderful man who served his country & community. But mostly he was a man of strong faith who adored his family and greeted everyone with his infectious smile. His sweet presence will be sorely missed by all of us.

 

Dave and Melanie Archer posted on 9/9/19

Many blessings for the Locker Family....Jim was a great man..You can all be very proud of him...He served his country and his community very well...but most of all he was a wonderful family man....We are sending you all our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort always..

 

Catherine Henline posted on 9/9/19

Frances and family, You have our sincere condolences. Jim was such a nice man. It was an honor to know him. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

 

Dottie Shott posted on 9/9/19

Dear Francis and family So sorry to hear about Jim my heart goes out to all of you as he was such a nice man So glad I got to know the family I enjoyed talking to Jim and Francis when they come in the shop they were so close and you knew he loved his family My sympathy goes out to all the family ???

 

Lisa Kahler posted on 9/9/19

Brenda and Family, I was so sorry to hear of tha passing of your dad. You'll all be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Dale and Patty davis and family posted on 9/9/19

Brenda, and family we are so sorry for the loss of you dad, (grampa)he was a sweet man and always had a smile on his face. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time ?

 

Teresa Everett posted on 9/9/19

Brenda and families. So very sorry for your loss. Teresa "Quillen" Everett NPHS class of 1978.

 

Bob Finnan posted on 9/9/19

What a wonderful man. He was someone I always looked up to. Condolences to Mrs. Locker, Jeff, Tom and Brenda, and his extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

 

Pat Bearducci posted on 9/9/19

I am so very sorry to read this. Being around him, it was obvious how much he loved his family. He was also very dedicated to our communities. He will be missed.

 

Jody Wigfield posted on 9/9/19

Aunt Frances & Family, so sorry to hear about Uncle Jim. He was such a sweet, wonderful man. Please know our thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Jody

 

Carolyn Vaughn posted on 9/9/19

Dear Locker Family, Chief was a "hoot" I loved him, always called him Chief and he and my hubby Bob were friends always, So very sorry for your loss ....He will be missed so much.... Carolyn Cua Vaughn

 

Carolyn Raderchak posted on 9/9/19

Dear Frances, Brenda & Family, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know my thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Carolyn Raderchak

 

George Breehl posted on 9/9/19

To the locker family Jim was a special person I was on the NPP reserves for years neighbor for years he will b missed Also Francis and the kids prayers to all of you George Breehl

 

Karina(Beller)Pershing posted on 9/9/19

Sorry for your lost Brenda .Prayers to you and your family

 

Carol Aubihl posted on 9/9/19

Aunt Francis and Family..My deepest sympathy to all of you. Uncle Jim was a great man. He will be deeply missed. I have many fond memories of him when I was growing up with Brenda. We were always at each others houses. He was very kind and did lots of things with us and for us. Everyone loved him. I'm sure he is in heaven now talking with my mom. RIP Uncle Jim. We love you.

 

ANITA BLOCKER posted on 9/9/19

I'm so sorry for your loss.

 

Paul and Debbie Hinkley posted on 9/9/19

Dear Frances and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Jim made frequent stops at our home/business over the years. We have such fond memories of our chats when he stopped and he always included a few tosses of the Frisbee for our dog too. We have you in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time.

 

Greg Maroukas posted on 9/9/19

Dear Locker family, we are sorry for the loss of my wife’s great uncle Jim. We always enjoyed visiting with him at The Locker reunions driving in from Tennessee. He will be missed! Are blessings are with all the family. Greg and Tammy(Woods) Maroukas and family ???

 

Sally Barnett posted on 9/9/19

Dear Locker family, Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God give you peace and understanding. Tim & Sally Korns Barnett

 

Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge #4 posted on 9/9/19

Dear Locker family, On behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Tuscora Lodge #4 we send our deepest sympathy and warmest regards to all of you. Our brother, James T. Locker, has completed his tour of duty on this earth. His service to the community and mankind will carry on for years to come. Well done James, well done......may he rest in peace. Robert W. Everett President - Tuscora Lodge #4

 

17