James R. Fey, 81, of Tiffin, passed away peacefully at 1:45 a.m., Friday, August 21, 2020, at St. Francis Home following a long brave and well fought journey with Parkinson's disease.
James was born at home on February 20, 1939, to the late Lewis L. and Irma Fey, and lived all his life in Tiffin. He was a 1957 graduate of Columbian High School and later received his bachelor's degree from Tiffin University. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest brother, William Fey (Jane Kemp), two nephews and brother-in-law Thomas Waters. He leaves behind to grieve his loss his brother, Robert Fey (Dorothy) of Tiffin, sister, Lois Waters of Slingerlands, NY and brother Steven (Tami Cowden) of Las Vegas, NV. Also surviving are loving nieces and nephews, Dawn Myres, Ron Fey, Wendy Fey, Edward Waters, Martin Fey and Kate Fey. In addition he leaves his dear friend, Anita Barrick of Tiffin.
As a child, Jim was the family trickster, known to put salt in the sugar bowl. He could also tape all the piano keys together while maintaining a cherubic face. Jim served in the US Army Reserve from 1956 until 1961. Jim was known for his droll sense of humor, his community spirit and his hospitality. His home was always open to friends and family and his spare bedroom often occupied by visiting relatives. His friendship with Anita was very important to Jim and together they enjoyed many trips to baseball games, casinos and parks. They also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and attending shows at the Ritz Theatre. Occasional well-written letters to the newspaper were his way of expressing his opinion on social and civic issues. Jim worked several years at Hayes-Albion and retired from National Machinery after twelve years with the company. He never complained when diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's and functioned well until recent years when he was forced to give up his home and move to St. Francis where he made many friends with other residents and staff.
A celebration of Jim's life will be held on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at Tiffin Church of the Nazarene, 777 E. TR 201, Tiffin, OH, with Pastor Rev. Lois Miller officiating. Sunday worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m., and the memorial service for James will begin at 11:45 a.m., followed by a luncheon at the church. The Engle-Shook Funeral Home & Crematory in Tiffin is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Jim's family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for the excellent and loving care he received at St. Francis and to Doctor Amin. Many thanks also to Anita, Ron and Wendy who were always ready to lend a hand and who made sure he was not alone as he approached the end of his life. A special thank you also is given to Nurse Madeleine who provided peace to Jim during his last hours.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to St. Francis Home, Ritz Theatre, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
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