Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

James William “Jim” McFarland

James William “Jim” McFarland, age 66, of Shelby, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 with his family by his side.

Jim was born on November 15, 1955 in Ashland County to the late William Henry and Jean R. (Kauffman) McFarland. He was a 1974 graduate of Loudonville High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Baldwin Wallace University. Jim spent his career in the steel industry working for AK Steel in Mansfield, Timken Co. in Canton, and Nucor Steel in Marion.

Jim was the definition of outgoing. His smile was infectious and to know Jim was to know and have a true friend. He was a Harley man through and through as he thoroughly enjoyed riding and could always be found wearing a Harley shirt. Jim was an avid Cleveland sports fan and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren- especially going to their sporting events.

Survivors include his children: Callie (David) Callender of Shelby, Bill McFarland of Mansfield, Maribeth McFarland (Matt Querin) of North Fairfield; grandchildren: Landon McFarland, Xavier Callender, Ryker Querin, and Jaxon Querin; longtime and loving companion: Janice Finnegan and her children and grandchildren; sisters: Ruth Brandt and Cindy (Stan) Russell both of Mansfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Family and friends are welcome on Sunday, October 9, 2022 from 2-5 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022 at 10 am. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville. Jim had Harley clothing appropriate for any occasion- therefore, please know that the family welcomes you to wear yours in honor of Jim, should you choose.

Out of respect from Jim’s love for his grandsons and baseball, those wishing may make memorial contributions to either Shelby Little League or Madison Community Youth Park and those contributions may be left in care of the funeral home.

For those unable to attend, condolences may be left on Jim’s obituary post on the funeral home’s website, or of the funeral home’s Facebook page,



To view Jim’s tribute video, click the link provided:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Dave and Brenda Thompson family says:

    So sorry for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. May God hold you all close and give you comfort.

  2. Janet Hull says:

    Warren & I are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time! What a wonderful tribute to him! Many hugs for you all!
    Fondly, Janet and Warren Hull

  3. Sandra Bostic-Morrison says:

    I am sending prayers and the hope for peace for Jim’s family. He was a great classmate. He will be missed by all.

  4. Karen Langford says:

    I was so sorry to hear about Jim’s passing. We were both seniors at Loudonville High School. My heart is with all of you.

  5. Tim mabry says:

    So sorry I worked with Jim and he was a character to say the least loved working with him he will be missed prayers for the family

  6. Faith Abbott says:

    Ruth…so very sorry about your brother. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Patty Korbas says:

    Heartfelt condolences to the family. We had some wonderful times during Whippet football with our boys & will cherish those memories. Hugs to you all with prayers & hugs.

  8. Rob & Amy Skropits says:

    So sorry for you loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  9. Debbi Watkins says:

    Callie, Bill, and Maribeth,

    So sorry for your loss. I’ll forever remember your dad’s smile and seeing him on his Harley. You are all in my prayers.

  10. Steve and Cammie (Cowen)Workman says:

    So sorry to hear this,condolences to all. Growing up he lived on one side of the hill and I on the other side. He always had a smile and joking about something. Few years ago ran into him ,he was on his Harley, he said sometimes he would come back to his old stomping grounds. I realized he was the dude on the bike that honked and waved when I was mowing. Jim Rip

  11. Joyce Barnes says:

    Janice, thinking of you, your family and Jim’s family at this difficult time. There are no magic words to ease what your going through. Jim fought the “good fight” and heaven got one heck of a “HARLEY MAN!” Peace and comfort to all in the coming days. Joyce Barnes

  12. Duane & Lisa says:

    Janice and family, Although we are unable to attend Jim’s service please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Jim was a great friend, neighbor and shared the love of harley riding. May he rest in peace.
    Duane and Lisa Roberts

  13. Terry L Boice says:

    Sorry for your loss

  14. Bob Palm says:

    Jim’s Family and Friends –
    Sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. Knew him from the ‘Mill’ days and motorcycle times. A friend to all and a great fellow! My condolences to all who were fortunate to know him.

  15. Terry L Bradley says:

    Met and lived close to Jim, Callie & Billie in Mansfield. He and I started running together and ran a marathon together in Cleveland and then again in Columbus. Though we both moved away, him to Bowman St Rd and me to Lucas, I often thought about him and hoped he was doing well. My condolences; I wish I could have ridden with him.

  16. Janet Pryor says:

    So sorry to see this. I knew Jim back in AK Steel days, long ago. We rode motorcycles together a number of times. He was always smiling and laughing. Probably the happiest person I have ever known. What a huge loss for all of his family, friends, and loved ones. You have my deepest sympathy.

  17. Julie Ensman says:

    Calli,Bill,Maribeth and Janice,
    What a truly great picture of your Dad/Jim. We are so sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers for you all.
    Julie and Ken Ensman

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