James "Jammer" Joseph Hower

October 5, 1927December 29, 2018

James "Jammer" Joseph Hower, 91, formerly of Ossian, passed away on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Lutheran Life Villages. He was born October 5, 1927 in Ossian, Indiana to the late Harry B. and Blanche (Pierce) Hower. He retired from REMC in 1996 and additionally worked as an electrician in the Ossian community for many years. He was also a member of the Ossian Fire Department for over 61 years. Jim was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was very active in the German Heritage Group, having ran the dance floor during many events. He loved being part of the Ossian community and even served as Past Grand Marshall of the Ossian Days Parade. Surviving are his grandson, Matthew James Hower of Bluffton; seven nieces; one nephew, and one great niece. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Kathleen (Fosnight) Hower in 2002; daughter, Amy Sue Hower; and nine brothers and sisters. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, 120 West Mill Street, Ossian, IN 46777 with visitation starting at 3:00 PM. Contributions in Jim's memory may be made to Ossian Fire Department. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hower family.


  • Ossian Fire Department



  • Visitation Thursday, January 3, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 3, 2019


  • Final Resting : Oak Lawn Cemetery

James "Jammer" Joseph Hower

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Gene and Marla Donaghy

January 6, 2019

“Sparky” as I knew him was always friendly and helpful to those he encountered. God bless Jim for his great life.


January 5, 2019

I was lucky to be able to go different places as a kid to eat at Char King's, polka dancing, they even took Amy and me to see The Osmonds at the Indianapolis State Fair years ago. We will all miss you but I'm sure dad is glad to see you.

Christine Hunt

January 5, 2019

Thinking of you Matt during this difficult time. I always enjoyed you and your grandpa's daily visits at the Post Office. Your grandpa kept us supplied in plastic bags! Hugs to you!! Christine

Bev Grzych

January 1, 2019

When the small community of Ossian loses someone like Jim it’s a huge loss!
He was always around helping others and of course taking care of all our electrical needs for as long as I can remember. He seemed to always have a smile on his face and be upbeat every time I came across him. Rest In Peace Jammer.

Gene Fosnight

December 31, 2018

Many memories. Many games of Pinocle at the lake and every holiday with Jim and brother John, occasionally shifting to Euchre to include Joe and others. Games of Canasta played with more cards than a hand could hold with Anita and many others.

Started “helping” Jim wiring with clean up when very young, then graduated to crawling into many attics and crawl spaces in houses throughout Ossian - opportunities offered to the smallest and youngest of the clan. Listened to brother Joe and Jim arguing about the right way to wire and anything else that came to mind. We all tried to avoid being electrocuted by John as he once again turned off the wrong breaker!

Jim was irascible, always there when needed, and will be long remembered.

Thank you Jim.