Richard J. “Jim” Vajen

May 12, 1939-Nov. 15, 2020

Richard James “Jim” Vajen, 81, of Napoleon, Ohio, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at Mercy Defiance Hospital.

He was born May 12, 1939, in Napoleon, Ohio, to the late Chalmer and Helen (Harmon) Vajen. On Sept. 24, 1960, he married Edna Ellerbrock and she preceded him in death Feb. 16, 2018.

Jim was a lifelong farmer and worked in the maintenance department for Campbell Soup Supply Co. for over 40 years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon. He was also a member of the Napoleon American Legion and V.F.W.

He is survived by daughters, Deborah (Larry) LaForrest, Barbara Baumann and Pamela (Bedford) Miller, all of Napoleon; grandchildren, Brent (Emily) Gerken and Blake (Morgan) Gerken; step grandchildren, Neidera LaForrest and Jennifer Oliver; great-grandchildren, Eliza and Cora Gerken; step great-granddaughter, Kinsley Hays; and a brother, Herbert Vajen of The Villages, Florida.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, and a livestream will be available at A private graveside will be held at Florida Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Napoleon Joint Veteran Posts. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m.–noon at the church. Masks and social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Henry County Humane Society or the St. Paul Prayer Shaw Ministry group.

Online condolences may be made at

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