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Jim Letcavits
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our friend, husband, father, grandfather, teacher and coach, Jim Letcavits, 79, on Feb. 3, 2015, after a long battle with Alzheimer's. He was born in Massillon on Dec. 1, 1935, to the late Joseph and Margaret (Stephan) Letcavits. He attended St. Mary School, Longfellow Jr. High, and Washington High School where he graduated in 1954.
He was proceeded in death by a younger brother, Timothy Letcavits of Massillon, aunt and uncle, Helen and Clarence Jones and their daughter June, and aunt and uncle, Edna and Peter Letcavits. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy, a brother, Tom Letcavits of Massillon, son John (Jerri) Letcavits of Columbus, daughters Joi (Michael Hodgson) Letcavits, and Kristi (Tim) Muzi, son, Bart Letcavits all of Massillon, grandchildren, Travis and Chase Letcavits of Columbus, Olivia and Grace Muzi, and Cason Letcavits all of Massillon.
Jim was a standout on the gridiron as an All-Ohio player for the Massillon Tigers and an All-Big Eight player for the University of Kansas. After a six year professional career in the Canadian Football League with the Edmonton Eskimos, he returned to Massillon where he was a teacher, assistant football coach and head track coach for over 30 years. He was inducted into the Massillon Tiger Hall of Champions and the Stark County Football Hall of Fame. Jim was a member of St. Mary Church, the Knights of Columbus, and past president of the Stark County Coaches Association. His favorite activities included spending time with his children and grandchildren, woodworking projects, hunting, golfing, and playing cards with his pals. The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the staff at Country Lawn and Crossroads Hospice for the devoted care they provided Jim.
Calling hours will be held at Heitger Funeral home, Jackson Chapel, on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 from 12 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. with Father Ed Gretchko celebrant. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Greater East Ohio Chapter/Walk To End Alzheimer's TEAM TIGER, 408 9TH Street SW, Suite 1610, Canton, OH 44707.
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Published in The Repository from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2015
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