Jimmie Thomas Imel

July 14, 1932November 4, 2020

Jimmie T. Imel, 88, of Ossian passed away on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. He was born on July 14, 1932, a son of the late Belva (Rollie) and Mabel Imel. He served in the army during the Korean War. In 1961, he started Imel Insurance which he owned and operated before retiring in 2006. He also owned and operated Waynedale News for 17 years. In his free time he enjoyed singing and was a long time member of the Summit City Chorus and the quartet “the Last Resort”. He was also a 58 year member of the South Side Club serving in many capacities and was a member of Waynedale United Methodist Church. Surviving family include his wife of 67 years, Shirley Imel; children, Cindy (Pete) Zilinski, Mike (Margy) Imel, Karen (Ron) Perkins, Mark (Cindy) Imel, and Sue (Phil) Christman; 10 grandchildren, David (Sarah) Perkins, Daniel (Miranda) Wright, Jonathon (Sara) Perkins, Erin (Dustin) Auer, Paul Imel, Ashley (Francisco) Bergamo, Kierstin (Mike) Saldivar, Sarah Richter, Whitney (Jimmy) Zhu, and Morgin (Caleb) Buyer; 18 great grandchildren; and siblings, Bobbie Imel and Shirley Pitzer. Besides his parents, he was preceded in passing by his siblings, Marilyn Bell, Dave Imel, and Sally Alspaugh. A private graveside service will be held. A public Celebration of Jim's life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to South Side Optimist Club “Friends of Youth”. Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Funeral Home, Ossian are in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left online at



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Jean McGee

November 15, 2020

With Sympathy from Jackie Przeniczny and Jean and Ron McGee. We will remember Jim fondly as a member of The Last Resort quartet with my father Richard Przeniczny. Remain steadfast in your Faith that one day we will all be reunited.

Claudine (Alspaugh) Girard

November 14, 2020

Uncle Jimmie always had time to talk. He sang with his quartet, at all of my siblings' weddings, including mine. He loved music, as much as my mom, Sally. He loved Jesus, too. That's the best thing! Praying for Aunt Shirley, and all the cousins. -Josh, Claudine, Carston, and Brant

Bobby & Sherie Dillion

November 13, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as you go through this tough time he will definitely be missed love Bobby And Sherie

Richard & Carole De Leon

November 11, 2020

Shirley and family, we are so sorry to hear the loss of Jim. You have our sincere condolences, He was such a great person and we know that he will be missed by all. We have known him for many years. We are members of the Waynedale United Methodist Church and will miss him. He was always great to talk to pleasant.

Richard & Carole
Fort Wayne

Carolyn Omo

November 10, 2020

So sorry I remember him when we got our Insurance God be with you all at this sad time

Jim Gebele

November 10, 2020

I have known Jim for many years, and I knew him to be very kind and generous. The most outstanding thing that I recall is that he came to my fathers viewing when he passed in Nov., 2009, at age 88. Jim was the ONLY Summit City Chorus member to show up. I feel proud to have known him- he was a wonderful, Christian person and the world was lucky to have had him for all these years. My wife (Millie) took care of Shirley when she was in Lutheran Life Villages a few years ago, and enjoyed helping them every day, as well. I know that The Last Resort has been waiting for a long time for their excellent bass- he's up there now. Best regards to the family. Jim & Millie Gebele. It's GREAT to be a Barbershopper!!


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