James Lawrence, 73

James L. Lawrence, 73, of Whitley County, died on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Pensacola, Fla. He was born July 19, 1938, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of the late Richard and Florence (Lytle) Lawrence.He was a devoted Christian and member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church Lake Township. He was a humble man and his strong faith led his life.We will never forget his solitary love for his family. The Air Force veteran was a crew chief while stationed in France.He retired from American Hoist after 26 years of service and was a co-owner with his brother in their tool and die shop for more than 16 years.He had his private pilot license and was a member of the Flying Shriners and a Master Mason. He was an avid outdoorsman; his lawn was well manicured and his garden pristine. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Judith K; son, Matthew (Susan) Lawrence; daughter, Shelly (Jeff) Roberson all of Whitley County; brother, Don (Judy) Lawrence; sister, Ann (Bruce) Swihart all of Fort Wayne; and five treasured grandchildren, Zach (Shaley), Sam and Gabe Roberson, and Anna and John Lawrence.He was preceded in death by his first wife in 1962, Sharon K. Walmer-Lawrence.The funeral service is 11 a.m., Friday at St. John’s Lutheran Church Lake Township, 7914 Cook Road, Fort Wayne, with calling one hour prior.Calling is also 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Church. He will be laid to rest at Covington Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials are to the St. John’s Lake Township Building Fund. To leave an online condolence, log on to www.covingtonmemorial.com.