James Edward "Jim" Bouscher, 82, Newcomerstown, passed away Friday evening, May 8, in Union Hospital, Dover.

Jim was born in Feed Springs, Harrison County, on July 17, 1926, a son of the late Charles Edward and Ruth F. Hormel Bouscher.

He attended Plainfield School, Coshocton County, and like many young men at that time, left school to enlist in the Army. Jim served with the 692nd Engineering Battalion in the Philippine Islands during the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He then re-enlisted and served with the Army Occupation forces in Germany at the conclusion of World War II. Jim also served with the 5th Infantry Division Headquarters at the time of the Korean War. He then returned to civilian life and was employed in the hot mill department of Alsco Manufacturing, Gnadenhutten, for over 30 years before his retirement in 1989.

Jim was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Newcomerstown. He was also a life member of the Thomas Montgomery Post No. 431, Newcomerstown American Legion, and a member of the Darrell Beiter Post No. 3303, Newcomerstown VFW and the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard. Jim was also a 50-year member of the Lone Star Masonic Lodge No. 175, Newcomerstown F&AM. and the Scottish Rite Valley, Cambridge. He was also a life member of the BPOE 1555, Newcomerstown Elks Lodge.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Bouscher of Tacoma, Wash.; and a sister, Helen L. Merryman of Cleveland.

Jim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Evelyn Lawrence Bouscher, Newcomerstown, whom he married July 12, 1947. He is also survived by two sons and two daughters, Jim D. (Karen E.) Bouscher of Port Washington, Larry E. (Vicki) Bouscher of Waynesburg, and Shirley K. Couts and Valerie L. Wolff, both of Newcomerstown; nine grandchildren, Timothy J. Bouscher of Dover, Stacy A. (Mrs. Daniel) Skukowski of Franklin, N.C., Stephen R. Bouscher and Michael R. Bouscher, both of Waynesburg, Jennifer (Mrs. Tom) Dowd of Avon, Jaimie (Mrs. Bradley) Kirkpatrick of Newcomerstown, Julie L. (Mrs. Chuck) Adams of Nelsonville, Andy Wolff of Denver, Colo., and Lisa (Mrs. Corey) Patterson of Mentor; 10 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; a brother, William B. "Bill" Bouscher of Rolla, N.D.; a sister, Mary E. Hoy of Avon Park, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Leila Bouscher of Tacoma, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services to celebrate Jim's life were May 12 at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown. Pastor Peter S. Shults conducted the services. Burial followed in Plainfield Cemetery, Coshocton County, where the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard performed military graveside services. Elks Lodge Services also took place.

The family is requesting that memorials be made in Jim's name to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 121 S. College St., Newcomerstown, OH 43832.