James Henschen

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May 31, 1939 - September 18, 2013

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 5-8 p.m.


Thursday, September 26, 2013 10:30 a.m., Moreland Funeral Home


James L. Henschen, DVM, age 74, of Westerville, OH. September 18, 2013 after a brief illness. Born May 31, 1939 in St. Marys, Ohio. Survived by his wife of 53 years, Jean; daughters, Jodi (Jerry) Beekman of Westerville and Jill (Michael) Tarbox of Marysville; grandchildren, Jeff and Joe Beekman, Lindsay and James Tarbox; brother, Danny (Mary) Henschen of Dayton, OH.; mother-in-law, Lenora Gritzmaker of St. Marys, OH. Owner of Countryside Veterinary Clinic in the practice of Equine Medicine. Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1963. Life Member of AVMA; also member of OVMA, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Society of Theriogenology, 5th District of Equine Practitioners, American Morgan Horse Association and Charter Member of Sunbury-Galena Rotary Club. Friends may call at the MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, 55 E. Schrock Road, Westerville, OH, Wednesday 5-8 p.m. where service will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Rev. David M. Redding, officiating. Interment Blendon Central Cemetery. Special thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at the O.S.U. Medical Center and Kobacker House. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to O.S.U. College of Veterinary Medicine Account #302404.


Rick Downey - Sep 26, 2013

Doc was the BEST. I was a little guy when our family cat became sick. The cat was around 12 years old. We thought he was making his last trip to the vet, he was to be put to sleep. Three days later Doc calls the house, he said guess who’s looking at me, come pick him up. We get to the office and Doc say’s, I was reading a book about a new procedure so I thought I would give it a try. He called it a sex change operation. The cat lived to be 21. Later when we talked about it,he would laugh and tell me, he didn’t realized the book was upside down until he was done with the surgery. You gotta love him. What a GREAT MAN.

bill and donna potteiger - Sep 25, 2013

doc was a good friend and vet…..he will be missed by the entire potteiger family….yet always in our prayers. I am sure the gates were wide open when he got there.

Maria S Calderone - Sep 24, 2013

Doc epitomized what is meant by generosity of spirit. He was so kind-hearted to me and to a great many Otterbein equine students. I will miss his wry humor and his keen veterinary knowledge that he shared so willingly with others. My deep condolences to his family and dear friends.
Maria S Calderone DVM

Mike and Ronnie Vandeberg - Sep 22, 2013

We were saddened to hear of Doc’s passing. He will be sorely missed in the horse world. After Mike’s accident several years ago we returned home about 2 AM to find our horse who was injured tended and fed. Somehow Doc had gotten word and come to help Mae. No one can take his place!

Mark adams - Sep 21, 2013

Dear family and friends of doc,
We are all very sad at the loss of such a class gentle man. Doc has done so much for so many and always so happy to help. He has helped my father and me in our horse business in so many ways. We feel a huge void without him but find peace in knowing he can now rest from his endless efforts. Much love to you all and godbless.

Nancy and Harold - Sep 20, 2013

A wonderful man, great friend and boss, dedicated DVM. Fifty–five years ago he was a handsome young man determined to become a Vet. Not only did he achieve that goal, but he became a nationwide icon in the field of veterinary medicine. He was a great role model for his family, friends, clients and neighbors. We will truly miss our relationship we have had with him for the past 50 plus years. Love to all you.

Glenn Day - Sep 20, 2013

Dear Family, I was privileged to spend a few minutes with Doc Monday night at the hospital and once again enjoyed his quick humor. I will miss stopping by the house to watch his progress on jigsaw puzzles. Doc was a true friend. Sincerely, Glenn

RJ Lynam - Sep 20, 2013

Our prayers go out to Jodi and the rest of Doc’s family. Doc was a great Equine Veterinarian, a great friend, a great mentor, a great man. We miss him. Until we see you again, Dr. Jim, take a rest, you earned it.

Fay Baynton - Sep 20, 2013

I loved Doc sooooo much…as a friend and as a professionl…his demeanor and humor was fantastic..He was always caring for the animals and the people…I always loved to see him come up the driveway-even it wasnt the best of circumstances…I new him since he graduated from OSU vet school and started with Birdie McDanold…I can still see him through my 8 year old eyes..I will miss him terribly..A wonderful, wonderul man. FAY

Dale Mirise - Sep 19, 2013

We are sorry for your lost. Doc was an amazing person. The animal world has lost a great hero.

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