James "Bugs” Wenrich, 61

James "Bugs” Wenrich 61, of Wabash passed away on Thursday June 11, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio after a valiant battle against his own immune system.  He was born April 9, 1954 in Chicago, Ill., to John and Nancy (Compton) Wenrich.

Jim graduated from Wabash High School in 1972.  He started his college career at the United States Military Academy at West Point then graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington.  He married Rose Ann Sweet in Wabash, Indiana on May 22, 1982.  Jim was a Ford Meter Box district manager, but he will be most remembered for his long stint at Northfield High School where his gift for teaching touched countless students’ lives in the classroom, Math and Science Club, Academic Super Bowl, and coaching golf.  After retirement, he dedicated himself to civic service on the Wabash City Council.  When not working or spending time with his family and friends, Jim’s favorite activities included long Harley trips, photography, and painting in his Northern Lights Studio.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Ann Wenrich of Wabash, two children, Emily Rose Wenrich Davidson (Jonathan M. Davidson) of Durham, N.C., and Zachary James Wenrich (Becky Walsh Wenrich) of Santa Barbara, Calif., sisters and brother, Dianne Wenrich of Fort Wayne,  Robert "Mo" Wenrich of Indianapolis, Susan Davis of Waldron, Ark., and Cathy Heffernan of Carlisle, Pa. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his step-mother, Myrna Wenrich.

A celebration of Jim's life will be 2 pm Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Wabash Friends Church, 3563 S. St. Rd. 13, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating.  Friends may call 2-6 pm Saturday, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave. Wabash.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the "Wabash City Schools Dual Credit College Fund” or "85 Hope” - Wabash County’s free health clinic.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Jun 11