Jim was born March 5th, 1924, in Meyersdale Pennsylvania, to Charles H. and Pearl Mary Deist. Jim passed away peacefully on December 6th, 2018, at home with his family and canine best friends Dino and Missy at his side.
Jim worked for Kenmore Construction from its infancy, retiring with over 30 years of service. Jim loved to sing and dance. He was a hardworking man who cherished his family. His work ethic was a role model for his children and grandchildren. Jim was member of Lakemore United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir, and the Mogadore Moose, where he was known for his jitterbug moves. Jim was an avid Pittsburg Steelers fan, was always happy and smiling, except when the Steelers were losing. He had a heart of gold and was loved by many. Jim’s family will miss his humor and presence in their lives. Jim’s wishes were to spend his last years in his home and to pass on in his own bed. Jim Jr with support of his wife, were devoted to making that happen. Jim had absolutely the best care and respect in his last years, because of that care Jim had a most dignified entry into heaven.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Doris, who he is dancing with in heaven. Jim is the last of his family to pass through the heavenly gates, and will be joining his parents, sisters Helen Gilkes, Ginny Holsberry, brothers, twins Lee and Leo Deist, William Deist, Robert Deist, twins Wayne and Dwayne Deist.
Jim is survived by daughter, Jamie Easton, son and daughter-in-law, Jim’s primary caregivers, James Jr and Melody Deist, grandsons, Joshua (Tina) Easton, Adam (Melinda) Easton, & great grandchildren Colton & Violet Easton, special friend June Stevison and family, as well as several nieces and nephews, and many treasured friends.
A Memorial service will be held for Jim on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018 at Lakemore United Methodist Church. Family visitation at 11:00 am, with Memorial Service following at 12:00 pm with Pastor Jeff Gindlesberger officiating.
Memorial contributions may be sent in Jim’s name to the Lakemore United Methodist Church Memorial fund. 1536 Flickinger Rd. Akron, Ohio 44312.
Family would like to thank Dr. David Sweet and Dr. Neil Manning for their part in keeping Jim healthy and happy for 94 years.
Farewell Pop, Tally Ho, you bloody red foxes…… we will miss you like crazy.