James "Smiley" Compher

October 18, 1940 - November 17, 2019
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James Edward “Smiley” Compher, 79, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully in his home on November 17, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born October 18, 1940 in Twin City Hospital at Dennison, he was the son of the late James Merritt and Freda Alberta (Finnicum) Compher.

Jim attended grade school …

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James Edward “Smiley” Compher, 79, of New Philadelphia, died peacefully in his home on November 17, 2019, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Born October 18, 1940 in Twin City Hospital at Dennison, he was the son of the late James Merritt and Freda Alberta (Finnicum) Compher.

Jim attended grade school at New Rumley and graduated from Scio High School in 1958. He joined the Army Reserves before working at the Republic Steel Mill in Canton for 11 years. Then, he worked for Boich Mining, the Village of Scio, Central Fuel, Tipka Energy, and lastly at Kenan Advantage where he drove a tanker truck for 17 years. Jim belonged to the Scio Sportsman Club and Scio American Legion.

James married Imogene (Findling) Compher on November 6, 1971. In addition to Imogene, he will be deeply missed by his sons, Jim (Holly) Compher and their children, Jackson, Maggie, and Sadie all of New Philadelphia, and Allen Compher of Dennison; his siblings, Jean (Ron) Rose of Canton, Clyde (Sherry) Compher and Floyd (Cheryl) Compher, both of New Rumley; his sister-in-law, Linda Compher of New Rumley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Charles.

Visitation will be held in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 1 to 5 p.m. A service will immediately follow in the funeral home’s chapel beginning at 5 pm with Pastor Mick Foster officiating. The New Philadelphia VFW Post #1445 will render military honors at the funeral home flag pole following the service.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s memory may be directed to either Broadway United Methodist Church, 120 Church Ave. SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave. SW, New Philadelphia.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 1:00 pm

End Time: 5:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

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116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Time: 5:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

Address:

116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Broadway United Methodist Church

120 Church Avenue SE
New Philadelphia, OH 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: October 18, 1940
Died: November 17, 2019

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Cheryl Montgomery posted on 11/22/19

My sympathy to you and your family.

 

Kyle, Ann, Winston, Parker Lahm posted on 11/21/19

Jim, Holly and family- my deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad. I lost my dad this year also and there aren't words to describe the loss and pain you are feeling right now. Nothing I can say will ease the pain of losing somebody like a Dad or what he meant to the family. But maybe the words of Jesus will give you comfort- Luke 23:43 "Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise." God Bless.

 

Amy Hootman posted on 11/21/19

Please accept my deepest condolences in the passing of Mr. Compher. May wonderful memories help move you through this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Amy Hootman (Montgomery)

 

Ruth Immel posted on 11/21/19

Imogene we were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God be with you all. Love Ruth and Jeff Immel

 

Char Smock posted on 11/20/19

Floyd, I'm sure I speak on behalf of our entire JS Class of '73 when I offer many condolences for your loss. We've missed you at our reunions. Prayers for good memories and peace ??. Char, etal

 

Rick Ross posted on 11/20/19

Rest in peace my friend

 

Dale and Judy Fincher posted on 11/20/19

Thinking of you Imogene and your boys and family . May God give you peace and comfort.

 

Patrick Williams posted on 11/20/19

May Smiley Rest In Peace. May God bless the entire Compher family and grant them peace, knowing there is no cancer in heaven. The suffering is over and Jim is healed and made whole.

 

Deb Myers posted on 11/19/19

Keeping your family in our deepest sympathy and prayers. Smiley was quite a character with his stories an his stub of a cigar, he never missed saying a word or dropped that little stub of a cigar. Always enjoyed working with Smiley laying tile or just being the grunt we always had some good laughs. As you go through this time know your family is in our deepest sympathy and prayers. God Bless Y'all, Mike & Deb Myers

 

Paul and Linda Mader posted on 11/19/19

To all the family : We send our deepest condolences to all of you . We were so sorry to hear this and we pray for comfort and strength during this time . Paul and Linda Mader

 

Steve Wilson posted on 11/19/19

Imogene and family. Sending our condolence and prayers. I have great memories of Jim. Sincerely, Judy and Steve Wilson

 

Ray and Ellen Everhart posted on 11/19/19

So sorry for your loss. Jim and I both went to New Rumley school at the same time. Enjoyed hearing Raymond tell the stories of their time in the service. They had quite a time. A lot of laughs. Good memories.

 

Anna Tipton posted on 11/19/19

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ernie, Bea, Elizabeth , & Anna Tipton

 

Vicki Maurer-Pape posted on 11/19/19

Heartfelt sympathy to my sweet friend Imogene, Jackson, Maggie and all of the Compher family. Much love & prayers. V~

 

Mike and Gloria Carson posted on 11/19/19

We are saddened to hear this. Jim is in a better place with no more suffering. May God wrap his arms around all of you during this sad time. Big hugs.

 

Frank Embrogno posted on 11/19/19

Sorry for your loss Jim.

 

Rosie Gray posted on 11/19/19

So sorry for your loss. Imogene you are In my prayers. Love Rosie Gray

 

Connie Ager posted on 11/19/19

I'm so sorry for your loss, Imogene. I'll keep you all in my prayers.

 

Sally Tucker Korns Barnett posted on 11/19/19

Prayers for your family.

 

Nicole (Mills) Markley posted on 11/19/19

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

 

Dee Ann & Harry Horstman posted on 11/19/19

Condolences from his Scio High School Alumni friends. He will be missed at our reunions: He and Imogene attended them for many years!

 

Mike Patrick posted on 11/19/19

Jim, Holly, Allen and families So sorry to hear about your dad's passing. Thoughts and prayers to all of you!

 

Dave Bear posted on 11/19/19

Dear Imogene and the enitre Compher family, You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. May the memories you have keep you near to Jim and the support of your friends keep you strong during this sad time. God bless all of you. Dave Bear

 

BONNIE/PETE MORTON posted on 11/19/19

We were so very sorry to hear of “Smileys “ passing. We send our deepest sympathy to the entire Compher family Our prayers are with you ??

 

Dale Denham posted on 11/18/19

"MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY"

 

Dale Denham posted on 11/18/19

My deepest symphony to Imogene and family. May God's blessings be with you as Jim is now with GOD in Heaven.

 

Keith & Deb (Welsh) Zimmerman posted on 11/18/19

Sympathies and prayers for comfort to Imogene and the family.

 

Kim and Charlyn Menapace posted on 11/18/19

Our deepest sympathy to our dear friend, Imogene, and the entire Compher family. Our prayers are with you.

 

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