James Lee Garringer

May 8, 1945 ~ May 4, 2021 (age 75)


James Lee Garringer, 75, of Portland, IN passed away Tuesday morning, May 4, 2021 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital of Muncie, IN. He was born May 8, 1945 in Blackford County, the son of Leroy and Ethel (Irelan) Garringer.

James retired in 2002 after 39 years as a tow motor operator with Indiana Glass of Dunkirk. He enjoyed spending his leisure time hunting, fishing and watching sports, especially Portland Rockets and Chicago Cubs Baseball.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving wife, Josephine; a son, Brian Lee Garringer (Kristine James) of Redkey; two daughters, Tonya Fennig (husband, Steve) of Redkey and Leslie Garringer of Redkey; seven grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jennifer; a brother, Mose; and four sisters, Jane Baker, Edith Wanchura, Nancy Cooper and Rita Garrett.

The family will have private services with Wilson Shook Funeral Home, Dunkirk Memorial Chapel of Dunkirk, IN. Burial will be at Bluff Pointe Cemetery of Portland, IN. Online condolences may be expressed at

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