THE REV. LESLE WIREMAN,
74, died at 1:01 a.m. Jan. 22, 2007, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Waldo, Ky., to Jessie and Cora Handshoe Wireman, who preceded him in death. On March 29, 1952, in Michigan, he married Marie Theresa Lyons, who survives in Waynesfield.
The Rev. Mr. Wireman was in the ministry for 54 years and served as pastor of Lima Freewill Baptist Church. He had also worked at Sheller Globe for 19 years. He was a 25-year member of Laborers Local 329. He was an Army veteran, serving with the infantry from Oct. 11, 1950, to Oct 11, 1951, in Germany. His friends called him Les.
He loved serving God and delivering Godís message of hope and love. If you believe in God, you are promised the hope of everlasting life and will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
He was a preacher, teacher and philosopher, who led by example. Doing unto others as you would have them do unto you was his method and his way of living. He visited and prayed for the sick and assisted the poor. He comforted the souls of the living by paying his respects to the dead. He taught us all that many of lifeís messy details are simply not very import and that, above all else, love is the most important thing. He loved God, his family and his country. He loved to talk to anybody who would listen.
He planted a large garden every year and spent many hours working with God to create natureís bounty. He loved his time toiling with Godís resources. He enjoyed selling or giving his vegetables to anyone who wanted or needed them. He loved watching his children, grandchildren, cousins and others participate in sports at Waynesfield-Goshen, Upper Scioto Valley, Perry and Allen East high schools. He would occasionally go to games just because he thought it would be a good game. He was an enthusiastic Ohio State Buckeye fan.
He loved to go hunting and spending time in Godís woods. He especially enjoyed training dogs to hunt raccoon and squirrels. He made the world a better place. We were all fortunate to have known him and loved him. His family, his congregation and his friends will dearly miss him. Now he and God are the lucky ones.
Survivors also include six children, John Thomas (Louise Bissell) Wireman, of Fenwick, Mich., Timothy Lee (Beth Luce) Wireman of Waynesfield, Clyde Randall (Janie) Wireman, of Bluffton, Tina Marie (Warren) Wagner, of Belding, Mich., Cora Ann (Daniel) Raines, of Waynesfield, and Daniel Wayne (Amy) Wireman, of Kenton; three brothers, Jerry Wireman and Clinton Wireman, both of Lima, and Clayton Wireman, of Fulton, Ky.; a sister, Audrey Coburn, of Lima; and 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Lesle David and Isaac Lee Wireman; two sisters, Ines Wireman and Anes Grigsby; and a brother, Lester Wireman.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Lima Free Will Baptist Church. The Rev. Ezra Moore will officiate. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger.
Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Free Will Baptist Church, 1507 Grant St., Lima, OH 45801.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chamberlainhuckeriede.com.
Arrangements are by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home.