James “Jim” Roger Zerkle, age 75, of St. Paris passed away at 9:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Patriot Ridge Nursing home in Fairborn, Ohio. Born on March 24, 1943 in Troy,Ohio he was the son of Lewis Edwin and Alice Jane (Brown) Zerkle. On October 17, 1978 he married Shirley Jane Loper and she preceded him in death on May 10, 2011. Jim is survived by his children: Laura (John) Smith of Enon, Ohio and Amy (Mike) Fenning of Beavercreek, Ohio. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Rachel and Sarah Smith of Enon, Benjamin, Samuel, and Bonnie Fenning of Beavercreek, two brothers, Rodney Zerkle of Port Clinton, and Raymond (Diana) Zerkle of St. Paris, two sisters-in-law, Carolyn Zerkle of Greenville and Sue Zerkle, of Pickerington, one brother-in-law, Ray Loper of St. Paris, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Zerkle and Robert Zerkle, one step-daughter, Catherine Hernandez, and two grandsons, Adam Smith and Lance Fenning. Jim was a product engineer for Mead most of his career and enjoyed a secondary career as a local Methodist pastor later in life. Prior to his pastoral work he served the church in a variety of capacities including choir director, trustee, and lay leader. He was a member of the St. Paris United Methodist Church and had a great love for animals, gardening, and music. Funeral services will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Paris United Methodist Church, 208 W. Walnut Street, Saint Paris, Ohio with Pastor Dave Kepple presiding. Burial will follow at Casstown Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends will be held at Atkins-Shively Funeral Home, 216 S. Springfield Street, Saint Paris, Ohio on Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paris United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 564, St. Paris, Ohio 43072. Condolences to the family may be sent to www.shivelyfuneralhomes.com.
Saint Paris United Methodist Church
P.O. Box 564, Saint Paris OH 43072