Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

James A. Karl

James A. Karl, age 74, of Shelby, died Tuesday afternoon, September 29, 2020 following a brief and unexpected illness.

Jim was born August 19, 1946 in Shelby to the late Virgil and Mary (Fisher) Karl. He was a 1964 graduate of Buckeye Central High School, had served his country in the Army National Guard, and was employed at the Tuby in Shelby, retiring after 38 years of service. Jim loved old cars, especially his 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle which he was proud to have restored. He liked taking it to area car shows for others to enjoy as well. He also enjoyed playing cards at the Shelby Senior and Community Center, where he served on their board, and hunting. Jim was an active member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church where throughout the years he had served as a Eucharistic Minister, had trained altar servers, and served at funeral masses, amongst many other church functions he volunteered for. He was also a member of the Shelby Knights of Columbus and was an incredibly grateful member of AA for 36 years.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret L. “Marge” (Depinet) Karl, whom he wed on May 20, 1967; 5 children: Karen (Scot) Workman of Shelby, Kay Doerrer of Hudson, Krista (Dave) Moore of Shelby, Kevin (Jill) Karl of Shelby, and Susan (Lenny) Cuttone of Springboro; 11 grandchildren: Samantha Moore, Amanda, Allison, and Eric Workman, Angie, Kyle, and Brad Doerrer, Tanner, Teagan, and Anniston Cuttone, and Logan Karl; 2 brothers: Allen (Judy) Karl of Tiro and Norbert Karl of New Washington; family friend: Ruth Karl; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by 2 grandsons: Karl and Jason Workman; and 3 brothers: William Karl, Herbert Karl, and Jerry Karl.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where a Christian Wake Service will be held at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 11 am. Fr. Chris Mileski will celebrate the mass and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church or to the Shelby Senior and Community Center and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions, wear masks, and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence at or by leaving a comment on Jim’s obituary on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Larry & Connie Kuhn says:

    Sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed sitting/visiting with Jim at car shows.

  2. Steve & Michelle Beer says:

    Our sympathies to Marge and children and their families. Jim will be missed.

  3. Darren Place Family says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family at this time.

    Darren Place & Family

  4. Dennis & Fran Longnecker says:

    We are so sorry to here of Jim’s passing. Such a nice guy and fellow Tuby worker. May your memories give you comfort.

  5. Dorothy Colcott says:

    Marge & Family – so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May your faith help sustain you at this difficult time. All my sympathy, Dorothy Colcott

  6. Rena Deaner says:

    Prayers for all of the family, Jim will be missed by so many
    So sorry for your loss

  7. Mary Ellen Montgomery Fouchey says:

    Sorry for your loss. Prayers lifted. Remember the good times!

  8. Debra Keene says:

    So Very Sorry for his Passing! Prayers for His Wife and Family! Super Nice Man he will be Missed. Prayers to All

  9. Gary & Patti Lauderbaugh & children says:

    Prayers & hugs for you Marge & your family. We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We will miss seeing him helping out at church.

  10. Nancy Baird says:

    With Heartfelt Sympathies to all of you at this difficult time. Sending prayers and hugs.

    Todd & Nancy Baird

  11. Fr. Nick Cunningham says:

    Margaret and family, Jim was such a wonderful person to have around Most Pure Heart of Mary and I grew to have great respect and appreciation for him! I remember many wonderful memories of conversations with him! So sorry to hear of his passing! You are in my prayers!

  12. Darrell and Marilyn Shepherd says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss You have our prayers at this time for your entire family. Our condolences

    Darrell and Marilyn

  13. Lori McCartney says:

    Marge & family,

    My prayers go out to you all. May God bless you & keep you through the coming days & weeks.

  14. shirley j athy says:

    Marge so sorry to hear about Jim. God bless you and your family Chuck and Shirley Athy

  15. Lois Steele says:

    Marge & family, I’m so sorry for your loss of Jim! He was a wonderfully nice man and so giving to his church and community! May your hearts remember fondly all his special gifts!

  16. Deanna Ratliff says:

    My heart goes out to Jim’s family….He was a kind man who my dad enjoyed spending time with…I do believe they are having one heck of a reunion up in heaven talking about their cars….I’m so very sorry for your loss

  17. dillard bailey says:

    So sorry too hear of Jim’s passing,I met Jim when I was hired at the “TUBY”in September of 1969,he was a great person too talk with,he never met a stranger.Jim and Dick Young coached my daughter in softball years ago! My thoughts and prayers go out too the family,GOD give you all comfort during this difficult time,he was a great coworker and friend,he will be missed!Dillard”Beetle”Bailey Jr.

  18. Juanita Williams Shenberger says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers of comfort and peace to the family. All my sympathy, Juanita Williams Shenberger

  19. Ryan Burger says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all. Jim saved my life and I will always be greatful . I will never forget him, and he will always have a special place in my heart. I imagine he and my dad currently burning rubber in heaven…..

  20. Mike and Alice Reineck says:

    Dear Karl Family,
    So sorry about your loss of Jim. May precious memories bring
    comfort to you in your grief.
    Sincerely, Mike and Alice Reineck

  21. Ryan Burger says:

    Thoughts and prayers to you all. Jim saved my life and I will forever be greatful for that. I will never forget him and he will live on through people like me. I invision he is currently in heaven burning rubber with my dad.

  22. Linda McFarland says:

    Amanda, Karen and Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad and Grandpa. You have my deepest sympathy.There are no words that can take away your sorrow. Hopefully time will ease the pain. Praying you all will find peace sharing your memories

  23. Jeff Houseworth says:

    Susan, Kevin and the entire Karl family, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your father. You are all in my continued prayers.

  24. Fran Keller says:

    Marge, I have thought of you and Jim many times over the years. May our dear Lord, Jesus Christ wrap his loving arms around you at this time., giving you peace in all the wonderful memories. You and your family are in mine and Tim’s prayers. So sorry for your loss.
    Love Fran and Tim

  25. John & JoAnn Waldruff says:

    Marge & Family ~ we are very saddened with the news of Jim’s passing. You all are in our prayers for strength and comfort from family, friends, and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Keep the wonderful memories dear to your hearts. John & JoAnn

  26. Sue Vogel says:

    Our sympathy to Krista and Dave and Samantha and to the whole family at this very difficult time.

  27. Angela & Bruce Hartz says:

    We were so saddened to hear of Jim’s passing. He was always so kind and had a smile on his face. He will be missed. Thoughts & prayers for the family during this difficult time.

  28. Pat Keen says:

    Please accept my condolences at the passing of Jim. I was from New Washington and graduated from BC. Jim and his brothers rode our school bus . Wonderful family!

  29. Russ and Betty Newland says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all

  30. Lois kehres says:

    My deepest sympathy to you and the family. Jim was a special guy always helping others in his caring way. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  31. Dave & Sue Nedolast says:

    So sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed talking with Jim at the car shows A real special guy.

  32. Tim and Renee Eckstein says:

    Marge & family,
    Our family will be praying for you. Jeremy Karl and I would visit Jim years ago and he always made you feel welcome. I remember his joyful smile and encouraging words.
    Tim Eckstein and family

  33. Rita Odson says:

    To Karen, Scot and Family: So very sorry for the loss of your Father. May all of you be blessed with many wonderful memories to sustain and comfort you at this very sorrowful time. With Deepest Sympathy, Ron & Rita Odson

  34. Rene Place Perry says:

    Our family is praying for yours! Deepest sympathy as you adjust to the loss of your husband, father, grandpa! Jim was a great guy! Always seemed to have a smile.

  35. Wilbert Glower Jr says:

    Sorry for your loss. Jim was a good neighbor.

  36. Mark Young says:

    Marge & family

    Thoughts and prayers to everyone,he will be missed.
    plenty of memories from plum ave!

    Mark & Sherry Young

  37. Whitey and Susan says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family.

  38. Don Schroeder says:

    Marge, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It was always a pleasure visiting with Jim. We will miss him.

  39. Mark&Sherry Young says:

    Marge & family.

    Our thoughts and prayers to all of you .

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