James "Bibbs" R. Guinther, 70, Staunton, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, following a battle with cancer.
He was born in Canton, Ohio, Nov. 17, 1942, the son of Richard and Edith (Buch) Guinther. His family moved to Clay County, Ind., in the late 50s where he and his father found work at Arketex Clay Plant. Jim worked at Arketex for a short time before he found work at Detroit Diesel Allison's. He retired after more than 30 years of service and began working as a janitor at Jackson Township Elementary. Jim truly enjoyed the 15 years he spent around the children. He retired in 2010 after being diagnosed with cancer.
Jim spent several years as a member of the Diablo Motorcycle Club. In July 1984, he gave his heart to Jesus Christ. Over the next several years, Jim joined Larry Dyer in ministry at Putnamville Correctional Facility and the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Facility. The experiences of his life as a club member helped him to relate to many of the inmates not only in word but also in example. As much as Jim had been devoted to his life in the Diablo Motorcycle Club, after being saved, he was completely devoted to his life as a Christian.
Jim married Harriet (Hank) Long on April 14, 1984. Bibbs and Hank, as they were called, enjoyed riding their Harley, taking family vacations and spending time with their grandchildren.
Jim is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Edith Guinther.
Jim leaves behind his wife Hank, Staunton, his children James Richard Guinther, Mississippi, Kimberly Parker (Re-Run), Mississippi, Mike Long (Sara), Harmony, Darin Long (Christine), Tennessee, Melissa Kline (Billy), Brazil, grandchildren Brandon Guinther, Brooke Guinther, Thomas Kline and fiancÚ Chelsey, Devon Kline, Shelby Kline, Evan Long, Allie Long, Nathan Long, Corbin Long, Drew Long and Nick Long and great granddaughter Kaydence Kline.
Services will be at Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 East National Ave., Brazil, Ind., 47834, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at 8 p.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 3-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family Worship Center, P.O. Box 130 Brazil, Ind., 47834. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.