James Edward Sertell, Jr.
January 16, 1933 ‒ December 23, 2020
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MANSFIELD: James Edward Sertell, Jr., age 87, of Mansfield passed away Wednesday, December 23, 2020 in his home, his loved ones by his side.
He was born January 16, 1933 in Tiffin to the late James and Thelma (Hale) Sertell and was graduated Tiffin High School.
A U.S. Air Force veteran, James served in the intelligence office in Veisbontan Germany. During his time in Germany he played football for Vaacom as the team quarterback. He used his GI Bill for service to attend Bowling Green State University where James earned his Master’s Degree in education and was four hours shy of earning his doctorate.
In college is where James met Karen Leigh Linton, whom he married September 6, 1958.
Education was very important to James. He dedicated his life to the education of young children, starting his career at Mansfield Woodville Elementary School in the 1960’s as a gym teacher. From there he went to the Madison City Schools, the Junior High, where he was a gym teacher, a biology teacher and a football, basketball and baseball coach. During the summers he was the Director of the Madison Safety Town and Little League baseball teams.
After receiving his masters, James was principal at Lucas City Schools in the 70’s and the 80’s, then worked for the Mansfield City Schools as the principal for Malabar High School. James and Karen retired down south to Myrtle Beach, SC where they were the happiest and the golf courses were plentiful because golf was James’ hobby. They had joined the Saint Andrews Catholic Church, there he was called from retirement to become the principal at Saint Andrews Elementary School. James said he couldn’t say no, they needed help, you always help the teachers so they can help the children he’d say, they are our future!
James also served as baseball umpire, a football referee and a basketball referee and maintained an excellent reputation for fairness. Basketball refereeing was his specialty, and along with Lee Collins, they were some of the most sought after basketball referees in the State of Ohio especially when it came to the playoff games.
James was a man of many accomplishments, a loyal patriot, dedicated family man, and a driven professional. His legacy will be one of firm commitment, and he set a steadfast example of following through on promises.
He is survived by his loving wife Karen Sertell of Mansfield, four beloved daughters and their spouses Susan and Alex Beltram of Mansfield, Sheri and Frank Belt of Tallahassee, FL, Shelly and Tom Tipul of Fredericktown, and Stephanie and Steven McChesney of Simpsonville, SC; grandchildren Maria Mayo and James Clem, Tyler Tipul and Jennifer Young, Kristi Tipul and Cody Weemhoff, Nathan Tipul, Maxwell McChesney, Madeline McChesney and Chelsey Belt; great grandchildren Tessa, Dylan, and Andi Weemhoff, and Theodore Tipul; a brother Charles “Tom” Sertell, and best friend Tom Tucker.
In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by a sister-in-law Dori Sertell.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve James’ family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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