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James W. “Jim” Magers

James W. “Jim” Magers, age 89, of Shelby, died early Thursday morning, February 23, 2023 at The Willows at Willard.

Jim was born on May 7, 1933 in Tiro to the late Charles E. and Fern C. (Bilsing) Magers and was a graduate of Tiro High School.  Growing up the youngest of seven children on a farm in West Liberty, Jim was taught from an early age the value of hard work- a trait that stayed with him his entire life. It was the boy from Tiro who came to Bowsher’s Bakery in Shelby for a doughnut and met the waitress, Janice H. Pfahler- certainly a life changing moment. Jim and Janice married November 28, 1952 and celebrated 69 years together until her passing on December 6, 2021. Jim’s working life began at Wilkins Air Force Depot then the Tuby before becoming a groundskeeper at Shelby Mutual Insurance. He was there until its closing and worked his remaining years at Carothers Pest Control from where he retired.

Jim was a social man and enjoyed time with friends whether that be at card club, going out to eat, SAC Club, Junior Order, or being at the Plymouth American Legion. As a hobby, Jim liked collecting Budweiser beer steins and memorabilia, having a large assortment. He and Jan loved traveling having been on 16 cruises together all over the world- his most memorable being in New Zealand where he took a hot air balloon ride. When not traveling, Jim enjoyed projects around their home on Sunset Drive where you could always find him on the front porch.

Survivors include his five children: Marcy (Doug) Holton of St. Louisville, OH, Kim Magers of Mansfield, Kyle Perez of CA, Sally Staton (Bobby Hicks, Jr.) of Plymouth, and John (Tammy) Magers of Shelby; seven grandchildren: Melanie Tackett, Melissa Lybarger, Adam (Katie) Magers, Jessica (Steven) Bolen, Rachel (Michael) Adkins, Slade Magers, and Will Magers; 6 great grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his dear wife and parents, Jim was preceded in death by his grandson: Mark Berlin; brother: Charles Magers; 5 sisters: Ruth Mack, Esther Cahill, Eleanor Hench, Naomi Ransom, and Evelyn Weible; and brother-in-law: Joe Pfahler.

A private family graveside service will be held in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery. Calling hours will not be observed. Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 where Jim and Jan were faithful members.

Care for Jim and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Condolences for the family may be left on his obituary on the funeral home’s website,, or their Facebook Page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Chris DeVito says:

    So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. Our deepest Sympathy to all of the family.
    A great neighbor that has been greatly missed around here.
    Dave and Chris

  2. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  3. Ron & Eileen Mawhorr says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. We have known Jim and Jan for many years.

  4. Donna Payne says:

    I adored Jim. My best memories are of sharing the newspaper and eating Klondikes on the front porch. It was difficult to keep a straight face when he flashed his mischievous grin and infamous side-eye glance. He was a good man who led a good life. Godspeed.

  5. Jeanette brown says:

    To Jim’s family. I thought a lot of your parents I wish I knew Jim was in Willard I would loved to seen him. I worked with your mom and always see Jim at the Tiro
    alumni. God bless. Parents passing is hard.

  6. Barbara A Kaple says:

    John and Tammy and family – Jan always enjoyed the time he spent doing work for your mom and dad, they liked to talk about any and everything! Jim will be missed by anyone who’s life he touched.

    Barb & Jan Kaple

  7. Faye cole says:

    John, Tammy and family so sorry for your loss. May you be surrounded by the love of family and friends and the strength of God.

  8. Ellen M. Haverfield says:

    So sorry for your loss, Marcy.

  9. Larry Frontz says:

    So sorry for the loss of your father prayers and my sencerer condolences.

  10. Ashley Black says:

    Jim you will be greatly missed. I enjoyed the time I had with you working at the nursing home. Go rest high with Jan.

  11. Wilma DJ Phelps says:

    John & Tammy ,Slade ,and Will,
    So sorry for your loss,you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. Ann Imhoff says:

    So sorry Jim-knew you when your wife were out and about but we connected again at The Willows playing Bingo!! Prayers for you and family and you

  13. Ann Imhoff says:

    So sorry Jim-knew you when your wife were out and about but we connected again at The Willows playing Bingo!! Prayers for you and family and you! Say hello to Tom when you see him!

  14. Marilyn Wilkinson Hopkins says:

    Thinking of you. With Sympathy.

  15. Sara Hench says:

    Dear cousins,

    My deepest condolences to each of you! May God comfort you and give you peace as you mourn your dad’s passing! He was loved by many!

  16. Colin Mitchell says:

    Sincerest Condolences to the Family. John praying for you during this difficult time. May you find strength and hope the Heavenly Father above.

  17. Angi Dotson Schnieders says:

    Marcy and Family-
    My Heart Breaks For You Over The Loss Of Your Father.
    I Loved Him and His Orney Smile.
    The Last Time I Saw Him He Kissed Me and Said How Nice It Was To See Me Again.
    Praying For Peace and Comfort For You Through Your Time of Grief.
    Love You

  18. arden kessler says:

    I have known Jim for over 30 years. He helped many years with the ox roast at the American Legion. What a great friend. Every tue. we would meet at the legion for a brew after I picked up my grandson from school. We would have to have my grandsons approval to have the second one. He would fill us in on what Slade and Will were doing at school or if they were walking over after school. He also told me about Johns experience while he was in Washinton D.C. and they got to go visit. Thanks John for serving. He and Jan were just great people. This is tough! I miss them both. They are together again and at peace. May God look down on the family and give you peace. Remember all the good times.

  19. Virgil Stephens says:

    So sorry for your loss.

  20. Grace Cellentani Mabee says:

    Our prayers and condolences, such wonderful neighbors.

  21. Marilyn Hopkins says:

    Sending Sympathy,
    Marilyn Hopkins

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