James “Jim” David Willour, 53, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, surrounded by the love and care of his family in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On May 2, 1967, he was born in Huntington, Indiana, to David and Bette (Lewis) Willour. Jim grew up in Huntington, Indiana, where he excelled in baseball and played through his high school career before graduating from Huntington North High School in 1985.
After high school, he attended Ball State University before starting a family and answering the call of service that would take him around the world. After earning a degree in Theological Studies from World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, Ohio, Jim returned to Huntington to start Victory Harvest Church in 1992. Led by his deep faith and a passion for leading people to Christ, Victory Harvest began with a dozen congregants and soon blossomed into a congregation of more than several hundred. The servant leadership qualities that led Jim into the ministry also led him to enlist in the United States Army at the age of 39 in 2007. When asked why he would join at an age many considered to be late in life, Jim replied, “I was tired of yelling at the TV.” He placed action behind those words and served honorably in the 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In his four years of service, Jim served as a Fire Support Specialist in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom before his honorable discharge in 2011 at the rank of Sargent.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Bette Willour; Grandparents, Dewain and Opal Lewis and Eva Jane and Earl Dinius, and his Uncles Larry Lewis, Ted Lewis, and Charles Brumbaugh.
He is survived by his wife, Karen D. Hall Willour of Greenwood, Indiana; his sons Garrett (Caroline) Scharton of Dallas, Texas: Grant (Lynzi) Scharton of Alpharetta, Georgia; his daughter Brittney Willour-MacNair of Greenwood, Indiana; his father David Willour of Lafayette, Indiana; his brothers Jeff (Lisa) Willour of Huntington, Indiana and Nick (Kelly) Willour; sister Amy (Jimmy) McCord of Lafayette ; his grandchildren Lincoln Scharton, Conrad Scharton; Victoria Scharton, Houston James MacNair, Treyton Riley MacNair; nieces Mya Willour, Alyssa Willour, Ashley Willour, Marrissa McCord, Corinne Davis, Grace Ray and nephews Gavin Cocklin and Nicholas Ray. Survived by former spouse Karen Moughler Willour and family (Jana Henderson, Sarah Gerber, Scott Gerber).
Burial with military honors will be held at Marion National Cemetery 1700 East 38th Street Marion, Indiana, at 11:00 AM on May 28, 2021. Following the ceremony, friends and family will
gather for a Celebration of Life at Hiers Park at 547 South Briant Street in Huntington, Indiana from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
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