Michael G. James

October 27, 1947 ‒ December 01, 2007

Marion, Ohio

Michael G. “Mike” James, age 60, of Marion, died on Saturday evening, December 1, 2007, at his residence surrounded by his family and friends following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Marion, Ohio, on October 27, 1947, the son of Herbert and Anna (Gibson) James of New Bloomington. Mike graduated from Elgin High School in the Class of 1966 and later received his Associate’s degree in Marketing from Marion Technical College.

Shortly following graduation, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served during the Vietnam War.

On October 4, 1969, Mike married his loving wife of over 38 years, Jeannie Miller James, at the Prospect United Methodist Church. Together they enjoyed traveling with friends, with some of their favorite trips being to Las Vegas to see the lights, watch the shows, and occasionally to play a slot machine or two.

For forty one years, Mike worked numerous positions at Whirlpool until recently due to his health ailments. He was a member of the Crosswood United Methodist Church.

In his free time, Mike loved fishing and camping, with one of his favorite fishing holes being Lake Erie. He shared his favorite pastime with his children teaching them the art of fishing when they were barely out of diapers. He would fish for hours on end, always telling his family and friends who were ready to go in, “just one more cast.”

To his children, Mike was a good teacher, always encouraging them to “do your best.” When they were growing up, he enjoyed coaching them in baseball and wrestling.

Always there to lend a helping hand, Mike generously donated his time and efforts to help remodel his sons’ homes. Not only was he a hard worker, but also a great supervisor.

To his grandchildren, their “Paw Paw” was their favorite. He loved spending time with them, and he was known to get a little carried away when it came to spoiling them. He rarely arrived without treats for the grandchildren in hand.

Though he enjoyed relaxing time at home, whenever he left home he was a “people person.” Mike had a big heart, and it showed with how he cared for his many friends.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Jeannie; two sons and daughters-in-law: Bryan & Kaylee James of Cardington, and Kevin & Carrie James of Ashley; four grandchildren: Kaitlin, Carson, Sydney, and Audrey James; brother: Tom James of Essex (close friend Alice Gibbs); sister: Dianna (Gus) Smith of New Bloomington; sister-in-law: Beverly James of Richwood; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends.

Mike was preceded in death by his brother, Herbert “Herbie” James, and by his niece, Erin James.

His family will greet friends on Tuesday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services to celebrate his life well lived will be held on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Prospect United Methodist Church, 185 S. Prospect St., Prospect, with Pastor Stephen Rath and Pastor Keith Luke officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will follow in Prospect Cemetery.

Pallbearers serving will be Harold Stiffler, Russ Dennis, Brian Napper, Larry Gandee, Jack Hottinger & DeWayne Buyer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Erin Y. James Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Marion Community Foundation, 504 S. State St., Marion, Ohio 43302, or to the Crosswood United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1551 Richland Rd., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.