James Allen "Jim" Wilkins

10/31/1935 - 01/12/2024


Obituary For James Allen "Jim" Wilkins

James Allen "Jim" Wilkins, 88 of Lakeland, Florida, passed away at his home on January 12, 2024. Jim was born October 31, 1935 at his family home in Harrod, Ohio to Vernon Thayer Wilkins and Ester Sophia (Gottschalk) Wilkins.

Jim was educated at the Harrod Public Schools and graduated from Harrod High School in 1953. Following high school, Jim enlisted in the United States Army and served until his honorable discharge in 1962.

Jim spent his career with Ford Motor Company at the Lima Engine Plant beginning March 11, 1957. He started on the assembly line and worked his way up to be a supervisor / manager of several employees until his retirement on January 1, 1996.

Jim married Nancy Lee (Stivaktas) Wilkins and they had three children together. Jim and Nancy later divorced and she preceded him in death.

Jim was a gifted auto mechanic and loved spending time in his garage working on cars. He was a crewman for 10 years at the Indianapolis 500 races. Other hobbies included water skiing, fixing lawn equipment and just helping people. Jim taught many kids and adults how to water ski. He was a very patient person. Jim enjoyed spending his summer weekends at his cottage in Defiance, Ohio. Jim was a very giving person and he rarely asked for anything in return.

Survivors include his two daughter, Julie Wilkins Eisenman of Charleston, South Carolina and Amy Wilkins of Lakeland, Florida; two grandchildren, Brian (Jenna) Eisenman and Jennifer (Ross) Nichols; brother, Thomas (Sue) Wilkins; sister, Emilie J. Huntsman and his sisters-in-law, JoAnn E. Wilkins and Jean M. Shrider.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; stillborn son, Ricky; brother, Robert E. Wilkins; brother-in-law, Clair I. Huntsman; half brothers, Richard S. Wilkins, Melvin F. Wilkins, Max L. Shrider, Martin A. Wilkins, Ora M. Wilkins, Orville H. Wilkins and his half sister, Rose V. Roberts.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES - EASTSIDE CHAPEL, 828 Bellefontaine Ave., Lima, OH 45801 with Pastor Lori Wright to officiate the service. A graveside service will follow in Salem Westminster Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at


16 May


11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

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16 May

Graveside Service

01:30 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services - Eastside Chapel 828 Bellefontaine Avenue Lima, OH 45801 Get Directions »
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  • 05/12/2024

    Please accept my sympathies in the loss of Jim. All of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Phil Ridenour

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