James R. Mertes
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James R. Mertes

son of the late Ray and Rita Mertes, passed away at home February 23, 2021. Jim lived a peaceful life. Each day was thought out, well organized and lived with intention. He kept track of everything and everyone and always volunteered his help wherever and whenever he could. If his own plan did not get accomplished, it gave purpose to the next day. He appreciated every moment of every day which showed by the constant smile on his face. Never rushed and never disappointed, he was faithful to his agenda but always put his wife, their girls, and their families first. Born May 25, 1941 in Canton, Jim spent summers on the family farm in Jefferson, Ohio. He and his wife, Donna Clarke, met at Central Catholic High School, graduated with the class of 1959, and married in 1963. He earned undergraduate and graduate Business degrees from John Carroll University and was proud to have his four daughters and five of his grandchildren attend John Carroll. He served two years as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Jim worked 43 years with The Timken Company during which he and his family were transferred to The Dustin Timken Plant in Northampton, England. There they made life-time friends with Alf and Marie Harrison and family. For 17 years, Jim was plant manager in New Philadelphia, Ohio. His last 10 years with Timken included over 36 trips to China to help establish a joint venture in Yantai.

Jim was close to his grandchildren and proud to share his 'growing up in Canton' traditions with them including HOF, Woody's, Taggarts, Milk and Honey, Heggy's, and Kennedy's BBQ. Jim and Donna, with the Central Catholic class of 1959, were involved in planning and faithfully attending class gatherings. He volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, St. John's Samaritan's Table, and Junior Achievement. While in New Philadelphia, he served on Boards for Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, Tuscarawas Public Library, Huntington Bank, Tuscora Park and was a member of Rotary Club. With Father Joe Feta, Jim helped to establish a shared home in Campora, Italy for the Figli di San Giuseppe.

Jim is survived by his wife of 57 years, four daughters, Christine (Bill) McHugh, Monica (Mike) McGervey, Lori (Matt) Hiestand, and Marcy Mertes; also John (Lisa) Gaetano and Bink (Amber) Ravine, whom he loved as his own. Ten grandchildren, Joseph (Clara), Megan, Mary Kate McHugh, Michael, Matthew, Julianne, Nicole McGervey, Rachel, Katie, Sarah Hiestand. He will be missed by longtime friend Ed Keck and siblings, Richard (Michele) Mertes and MaryAnn (Harold) Fishbaugh, sisters-in-law Suzanne (John) Evrard, Joyce (Dan) Soehnlen, and Cindy (Ken) Zielaskiewicz.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Christ the Servant Parish in Our Lady of Peace Church, Canton, Ohio March 3rd at 7:00 pm with COVID restrictions. Monsignor Lewis F. Gaetano will preside with Father Ed Keck as homilist. For those unable to attend, streaming is available at https://youtu.be/Ivpd9izaZ54. Committal service at St. Peter's Cemetery March 4th at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Jim may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas High School, 2121 Reno Drive NE, Louisville, Ohio 44641. The Wackerly Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For those unable to attend services you may register on line at our: "On Line Registry Page" at www.wackerlyfuneralhome.com

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Published in The Times Reporter on Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 4, 2021
Our condolences go out to Donna Jean and the Mertes Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
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March 3, 2021
Donna and Family you our in our thoughts and prayers. We have shared over the years so many great memories ! Love Howie &Jan Ravine Mann)
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March 3, 2021
Christine & Family,
After the tears have dried and the goodbyes have been said, all we have to hold onto are the happy memories that we’ve shared with our loved ones who have passed, this is what keeps them alive in our hearts and in our minds, and they will continue to live on, through us. I am sorry to hear the loss of Jim. May the Good Lord bless you and keep you and give you inner peace as you face this trying time.
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March 1, 2021
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March 1, 2021
Dr.Lori(Mertes)and Families,so sorry for the loss ,I cant believe it I last seen your Dad when he had his carpal Tunnel done he was such a nice man always enjoyed our little talks.Sending my Love and Deepest Sympathy ,Tina Ramsey(ex patience)from Tate cleaners
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February 28, 2021
I send my most sincere condolences to Donna and the entire family on your loss of Jim. He was a great man. My prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
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February 28, 2021
Dear Dick and Family,
Please accept my condolences on the loss of Jim. May Holy Mary, the Queen of Heaven, with all the angels and saints welcome Jim into Paradise.
John Adorjan
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February 28, 2021
Jim and I were colleagues at the Timken Company. Later in life we were neighbors and friends. At work, Jim was easy to work with and the example of professionalism. In his retired life, Jim was always there to help out in whatever way he could. I always appreciated his calm and thoughtful approach to life. God bless your family and may he rest in peace.
Rory Louis Lubic
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February 28, 2021
Jim is in our prayers, we will miss his smile at our next reunion. He kept our class together for many years.
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February 28, 2021
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February 28, 2021
My prayers are with Donna, his daughters and the entire family. I fondly remember rides in his English sportscar when the family returned from living in England. He so enjoyed that car! May Mr. Mertes rest in eternal peace.
Julie (Chevraux) McVaney
February 28, 2021
Jim and his wife Donna have been my Neighbors for almost 13 years. Jim loved to work in his yard and he did a beautiful job!! He was so kind and caring to everyone. He will be missed by all that new him! I pray for peace and comfort for Donna and family during this difficult time!
Bonna Osman
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February 28, 2021
Marcy, lifting you up as you celebrate your father's life and legacy
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February 28, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Prayers to you and your family! HUGS !
Toni and Larry Senff
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February 28, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. We are praying for you and your family!
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