James A. “Jim” Kreim
James A. “Jim” Kreim, age 61, of Shelby, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning, January 12, 2023 at OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital.
Jim was born July 24, 1961 in Shelby to the late Joseph M. and Mary (Kempf) Kreim. He was a 1979 graduate of Shelby High School and furthered his education at North Central Technical College earning an associates degree. His career began in1984 at R.R. Donnelley in Willard where he was still currently employed.
Jim was a “collector” of all sorts of items throughout his life and a man of many interests. He loved airplanes- especially older wartime aircrafts as he was a huge history buff. A Pontiac man through and through, Jim was always the proud owner of at least one Pontiac GTO and sometimes numerous- especially parts. His passion for Pontiacs was reflected in his membership to numerous car clubs, his love for attending car shows, and races at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk. His love for family was evident, especially his grandchildren. However, his first grandchild, Brynn, has always held a special place in his heart- something proven quickly when his “untouchable” GTO suddenly had a car seat in the backseat for her to ride along. It became quite clear that she had stolen his heart and that bond never ceased.
Jim is survived by his wife of nearly 31 years, Susan M. (Prout) Kreim, whom he married July 4, 1992; children: Andrew (Constance) Mahl of Brunswick and Molly Mahl (Matt) of Galion; grandchildren: Brynn Grosswiler, Tanner Garton, Gabriella Krebs, Amelia Krebs, Moira Krebs, Braden Mahl, and Olivia Mahl; sisters: Sharon (Greg) Vogt of Shelby and Ann (Rick) Ralston of Columbus; 2 nephews: Eric Vogt and Cory Vogt; in-laws: Steve (Betty) Prout of Milan, Sandra (Steve) Dean of Centerville, and Sharon (Chris) Schaeffer of Castalia; and other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law: Stephen and Luetta Prout.
Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a rosary will be recited following calling hours at 7 pm. Fr. Chris Mileski will celebrate Jim’s funeral mass on Friday, January 20, 2023 at 10:30 am at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, where Jim was a member. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children via their website, www.LoveToTheRescue.org.
Online condolences may be left on Jim’s obituary on the funeral home’s website, www.PenwellTurner.com, or their Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/PenwellFuneral.
To view Jim’s tribute video, click this link provided: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/GHLH3L9NPZMRZNBC