WARREN, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – James “Jim” Merton Shaner, 69, died Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at Concord Care Center in Hartford after an eleven-year battle with Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Lewy body dementia (LBD). Parkinsons. He passed away surrounded and comforted by his loving family.
He was born on October 22, 1952 in Warren, Ohio, the son of Robert L. and Lois Dolly (Benton) Shaner.
Jim was a 1971 graduate of Joseph Badger High School.
He then became a certified journeyman in tooling and tooling. Jim started as a home builder for Logangate Homes, then worked for Bollinger’s Tool Shop in Kinsman, followed by Alloy Welding/PSI Tool and Die Shop in Warren.
Jim married the love of his life, Angel Lee (Lower) Shaner on June 10, 1978 and is survived by his two children, Christina “Chrissy” McKnight and James Marcus Shaner of Kinsman; four grandchildren: Christian McKnight, Cheyenne McKnight, Kayla Smith and Emma Shaner; one brother, Robert S. Shaner of Kinsman; and three sisters: Laura Beth Palmer of Saegertown, Pennsylvania, Lois Sue Singleton of Poland, Ohio, and Mary Kay Morain of Vienna, Ohio.
He is predeceased by his wife and parents.
Jim’s love for the outdoors was second only to his family. He shared this passion through experiences, whether it was sitting in a tree, walking through a field looking for arrowheads, or picking blackberries. He was fascinated by Native American culture, including flint collecting and cutting, bow and arrow crafts, and flute music.
For over 30 years Jim has coached two generations of softball and baseball. He was a man of many names and talents: gunsmith, wood carver, archer, hunter, explorer, trainer, friend and dad.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main St, Kinsman, Ohio.
Calling hours will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. until time of service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Concord Care Center in Hartford, 3090 Five Points Rd., Fowler, OH 44418, or simply plant a tree in your yard or property to support Jim’s love of nature.
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