James B. “Jim” Jerew

June 21, 1955 ‒ August 05, 2018

Marion, Ohio

James B. “Jim” Jerew, age 63, of Marion, died peacefully Sunday, August 5, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family.

On June 21, 1955, Jim was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, the eldest of three children of Shirley (Arbogast) Jerew and the late Gene R. Jerew.  He was raised in Marion, Ohio, where he graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1973.

Jim furthered his education at Capital University, where he played quarterback on the football team during his freshman year.  He then finished his last three years at The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Soon after college, Jim was set up on a blind date with Cathy Woodward, and from there the rest is history.  Jim and Cathy were married in 1979, and have been by each other’s side throughout their thirty eight years of marriage.  Together they have lovingly raised three children: Jamie, Jessica, and Jason.

During the beginning of Jim’s career, he worked as the General Manager at McDaniel Toyota.  For the last twenty years, he served as a Financial Advisor for the Jerew Financial Group, earning Aptus’s top advisor in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

Jim was a member of the Emanuel Lutheran Church, where he previously served on the Finance Committee.  Believing in the power of education, Jim served as a Board Member of Digital Academy and the Marion Education Foundation board.

An avid sports fan, Jim loved rooting on his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes football team and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  He also enjoyed golfing, tennis, and especially playing hearts with the Burly’s.  As an avid jogger, the highlight for Jim was completing the Columbus Marathon.

Feeling most at peace on or near water, Jim always enjoyed vacationing with his family and the traditional father and son trips, with his dad to Canada.

By far and away, Jim’s proudest achievement in life was his three children, and his marriage of thirty eight years with Cathy.  He truly cherished every moment spent with his family.

A problem solver, Jim wouldn’t stop until he found the best solution for any problem. This made him the “go to guy” for his family and friends, as they knew Jim would do anything for them.  He also was very sentimental, and had a very touching way of sharing those words from his heart.  His warm smile and very positive and optimistic attitude will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Left to cherish Jim’s memory are his wife, Cathy Jerew of Marion; three children: Jamie Elsey of Atlanta, GA, Jessica Jerew of Columbus, and Jason Jerew of Fort Myers, FL; his mother, Shirley Jerew of Marion; two sisters: Janice (Dan) Stuckey of Punta Gorda, FL, and Jill (Carl) Church of Marion; two brothers-in-law: William (Gayle) Woodward, and David (Lynne) Woodward; and numerous nieces and nephews.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 S. Prospect St., Marion, with Rev. Mark Schuring officiating.  Immediately following the memorial service, everyone is welcome to join in a celebration of Jim’s life at the Harding Hotel, 267 W. Center St., Marion, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marion Community Foundation, 504 S. State St., Marion, OH 43302, or online at MarionCommunityFoundation.org, for the purpose of adding to the Gene Jerew Memorial Scholarship Fund, which was previously created in memory of Jim’s father.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jim’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Sorry for your loss. We had a great time together. Lots of memories. You take care.

  • Cathy and family: Bill and I were truly saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. Our hope, is that time, will bring peace to you and your family.
    Bill, Betty, and Brock

  • To the entire Jerew family I’m so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You will be in my prayers.

  • We were so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing.
    Thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Cathy and kids,

    Our prayers are with you during this difficult time. Jim was a great guy and we are lucky to have called him a friend. Prayers that your memories of your husband and father comfort you in the days ahead and the future.

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Jerez family. What a loss for the Marion community
    Kathy and Ralph Hill

  • It was a special time for me to be able to talk with the two of you recently. May God bless you with His mercy and grace and love during these difficult days.

  • Dearest Jerew Family,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for your family’s loss. Prayers of comfort at this time and forever.
    Chris and Paula Brazell and family

  • Thinking of the entire extended Jerew family as you begin this new journey. Take especially good care of yourselves as you mourn your loss and celebrate Jim’s life. With my sympathy.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing.
    My prayers are going up for his family.

  • May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared, comfort you now and in the days ahead.
    The Wink Family
    David, Kathy & Sam

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was one of my favorite customers all the years that I worked at the bank. Always talked about his family. Praying for your comfort at this most difficult time.

  • Love and prayers to all the Jerew family. Jim was a very special guy that will be missed by many. May God grant you peace and comfort for today and the days ahead. 🙏
    Denise Thiel

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during these difficult times. Jim was a great guy who always liked to share a story and a smile. We were lucky to be neighbors for a few years. May happy memories help you through the coming months and beyond. Our sincere condolences.
    Karen and Harry

  • So sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. He was a very special guy, with a wonderful sense of humor and endless enthusiasm. Jim positively impacted our community in so many ways beyond measure. May God’s peace and comfort surround Cathy and the entire Jerew family during this difficult time.

  • My prayers to all the family that you find peace in with your loss of a very special person to so many.
    He brought joy and happiness to everyone who knew him.

  • Dear Shirley,

    May God comfort you with sweet memories of your son.
    Words seem so in adequate, but please know we will keep you in our prayers.
    Bob & Judy Lehner

  • To the entire family of Jim Jerew… I am deeply saddened to hear of Jims’ passing. He and I had been good friends for 50+ years. I, very rarely, saw him without a smaile on his face.. or laughing about something. Rest in peace, my dear friend… I know that you will be welcomed home into Gods loving arms !!

  • Cathy,
    I’m so very sorry for your loss. You and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in the many wonderful memories you created together.
    My sincerest condolences, Fara

  • Our deepest sympathies to all the Jerew Families! Your in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time !

  • Cathy and family,

    I was deeply saddened to hear about Jim’s passing. I admired him as a boss at McDaniel Toyota, a person and a good friend. I will really miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Peggy Word

  • The world just lost one of the good guys. Jim impacted the lives of many, and we were honored to call him our friend. We pray for your family to find strength, and peace, in the coming days.

  • Sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. I have many fond memories of my time at McDaniel Toyota. Prayers to the family.

  • I can’t remember exactly when or how Jim and I started our friendship – in high school we worked as summer lifeguards at Lincoln Pool, and also played year-round in a band called “Israfel”.

    Jim was the lead singer for Israfel; Keith Clary and I played guitar. We were not the best band around, but we sure had fun, playing at “Swinger” and pool parties and so forth. As seniors, on a particularly memorable night we played the sophomore party – there are several photos in the 1973 Quiver from this party. It was here that Jim debuted his famous version of “You’re So Vain”, where he put Carly Simon to shame on vocals. We also later played the song “Bluebird” by Paul McCartney and Wings, on which Jim and I sang harmony together. Years later we played it for the Jerew kids in my South Carolina living room, a memory I will always cherish. I can never hear that song without thinking about Jim.

    Jim was so much fun at the pool. I drove a beat-up old Austin Healy and we’d put the top down and ride to work with the wind in our faces. Once we were asked to stop by City Hall on the way and pick up some supplies. There were no places to park except a reserved space. We figured we would just be inside for five minutes so no problem parking there. Turns out however this was the reserved parking place for the city magistrate, who did not take kindly to us parking there. Did you ever notice how older bald men, when they get really REALLY mad, their entire head turns bright red? Anyway he hauled us into his courtroom on the spot in our swimsuits and fined us a big one. We laughed about that for our entire lives.

    When it was his turn to get out of the lifeguard’s chair and “walk the beat” for an hour Jim would make a point of boogeying his way around the pool with the music of the day blaring out of the pool speakers. Then in the evenings we would sometimes get the keys to the place, including the concession stand, and would have our own midnight swim parties. Sometimes the clothes would just naturally come off then and we’d all be skinny-dipping in the dark. Jim always made a point of going off the high dive when we this happened, so the moon was out in more ways than one. The silhouette of Jim doing a belly-flop au-natural off the high dive is a bell that just can’t be un-rung.

    Jim was my best man when I married Laura Davis in 1975. She and I moved to Columbus where I continued to attend Ohio State on the main campus. Later Jim transferred to Ohio State so we had him with us again. A key moment was when Laura played cupid and introduced Jim to her co-worker, Cathy Woodward. It was an honor and great fun for me for the next several years to watch and participate as Cathy and Jim fell in love and married and began their happy life together. We all lived in the same apartment complex with John Scranton and had great times.
    Jim was a master at making everyone around him smile. He was always such a friend, though, when I needed one. He has defended me in my absence in a locker room where others were “talking me down”, even though I completely deserved it for my behavior the night before. When my dad died without warning a month after we graduated high school, Jim was there in our living room, just keeping me and my brothers calm and helping us get through that horrible night. He was also at my Mother’s funeral in ’99 and my younger brother’s memorial three years ago. When my marriage to Laura was crumbling, he sat quietly with me over beer and tried to do the impossible – to talk sense into me when I could not make sense. He was not judgmental – just listened thoughtfully and tried to help me through it.

    Since I moved to South Carolina in 1981, I have kept in touch and watched from afar with pleasure as Jim and Cathy’s family grew. I enjoyed meeting them at Hilton Head on occasion or in Columbia when they had the time to stop on the way south. Though I have not seen him as often as I would have liked these past 30 years, I still consider him to be the best friend I have ever had, and a truly great man in the characteristics that really matter: love of family, loyalty, courage, honesty, kindness.

    Rest in Peace, my old friend
    Don Edwards

  • Sorry to read Jim passed. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow.

    Vera Bury