James Stutz

March 13, 1938 - November 17, 2019
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James Edward Stutz, age 81, of New Philadelphia went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2019, while in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a brief illness.

Born in his family’s home on Cedar Lane at New Philadelphia on March 13, 1938, Jim was a son of the late Russell J. and June Miller Stutz.


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James Edward Stutz, age 81, of New Philadelphia went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 17, 2019, while in Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a brief illness.

Born in his family’s home on Cedar Lane at New Philadelphia on March 13, 1938, Jim was a son of the late Russell J. and June Miller Stutz.

Jim was a 1957 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and attended Fenn College, now Cleveland State University. He began what ultimately turned into a 40 plus year career with ODOT District 11 prior to being drafted into the United States Army. After receiving his Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky Jim was assigned to the Pentagon where he illustrated posters, created tables and charts and did drafting work. Upon his discharge, Jim returned to ODOT where for the next 40 years he worked as surveyor, did drafting and worked to obtain land right-of-way easements.

He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church at New Philadelphia. For many years Jim served as a Deacon and an Elder. He was also a member of the Board of Sessions, and the Finance Committee and worked as the church’s sound engineer for many years. He also made sure that coffee was ready every Sunday morning. Jim was a Master Mason with the F& AM Lodge 177 at New Philadelphia and a member of the Tadmore Shine.

His other memberships included the New Philadelphia Elks Lodge BPOE #510, the ODOT golf and bowling leagues and the Elks Senior Golf league. Additionally, Jim served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with the former Troop 90 of New Philadelphia. Jim assisted with Troop finances and advancement and was fortunate enough to make two treks to Philmont Scout Reservation in New Mexico.

Being around people and talking came naturally to Jim. He loved sharing stories with his coffee group, attending the theatre and traveling with his wife, Jackie. He also enjoyed attending his granddaughter’s activities and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, the former Jackie Frick whom he married on June 16, 1968; their two children, Amy M. (Tom) Aquino of Canton and John L. Stutz of North Canton; two granddaughters, Meredith and Addison Conrad; his brother, Robert (Marilyn) Stutz of New Philadelphia and his nephews, Brian and Brent and their families.

The family will greet guests on Thursday, November 21, 2019, from 4-7 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia with Masonic services beginning at 7 PM. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service from 10 -11 AM on Friday, November 22, 2019, in the First Presbyterian Church at New Philadelphia where Reverends, Joe Svancara and Hugh Berry will lead a celebration of Jim’s beginning at 11 AM. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Burial Park. A meal and fellowship will be shared in the Geib Family Center at New Philadelphia following services.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church 217 East High Avenue, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663 or to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 4463.


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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: 4:00 pm

End Time: 7:00 pm

Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory


116 Second Street NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church - New Philadelphia


217 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Service Information

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Time: 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church - New Philadelphia


217 East High Avenue, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Evergreen Burial Park


1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Reception Information

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

Geib Family Center


116 2nd Street NE, New Philadelphia, OH, 44663

Donation Information

First Presbyterian Church

217 East High Avenue
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: March 13, 1938
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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.


Judy Kerr posted on 11/27/19

I just found out that Jim passed away. So sorry to hear that. Our deepest sympathy. Your old neighbors. Charlie and Judy Kerr


Jerry and Mary Sprenger posted on 11/22/19

So sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.


Cheryl Montgomery posted on 11/22/19

My sympathy to you and the family on your loss of Jim. Memories will sustain you.


Amy Montgomery Hootman posted on 11/21/19

“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller May your loving memories comfort you through the difficult time ahead. Please accept my family's deepest condolences in the passing of Mr. Stutz. Amy Montgomery Hootman


Cheryl J Skinner,Tri-State Military Museum posted on 11/21/19

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of James Edward Stutz, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, James Edward Stutz, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Sue Taylor posted on 11/20/19

Uncle Jim, you were a wonderful Uncle. I know you are in Heaven looking down on your family. Aunt Jackie, Amy and John may you find comfort in the memories.


Jill Gilmore-Newland posted on 11/20/19

Jackie and your family, I am so sorry for your loss... Jackie, I believe you knew/worked with my Mom, Rebecca (Marvin) Gilmore. I am Jill Gilmore - Newland, and I thought I recognized the name. Again I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers...


Susan Webster posted on 11/20/19

Always a wonderful sense of humor!! You will be missed so much Jim. Rest easy. Gene and Susy Webster


Janet & Bill Porter posted on 11/20/19

Jim We are proud to call you our Brother-In-Law.. We love you allot Peace be with your family. Janet & Bill l


Rick and Mary Mockerman posted on 11/20/19

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of Mr. Stutz. Sending comfort, peace, and love to your family.


Lyle Tope posted on 11/20/19

Jackie & Stutz family, Jim was and Is still a great guy. Just a veil between us. We had great talks while working at O.D.O.T. together & many laughs. A good friend & great mentor. May you all be consoled in your grief by our Lord Jesus Christ.


Dominica Aquino posted on 11/19/19

May the Lord surround your entire family with the love and peace of His promise for His children. My prayers are with all of you.


Carol J. Ditto posted on 11/19/19

I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS .MY HUSBAND Dave Ditto and I WORKED Jim many years, He was a really nice guy and treated everyone so nice II know you WILL MISS HIM. Carol J. Dkitto


Jeff and Bre posted on 11/19/19

Jim you were the most amazing neighbor, a kind soul, a friendly handshake always greeted a warm friendly conversation. I am blessed beyond measure having the privilege to get to know you, hear and share stories with you. Rest in peace


Tara, Jana and Jordyn Walther posted on 11/19/19

Will miss you Jim. Love and prayers to your family.


Carolyn Vaughn posted on 11/19/19

To the Stutz Family, Jim's wife and Bob and Marilyn, So very sorry to learn about Jim's passing..Such a great man, just had talked w/him over a month ago....RIP Jim, you will be missed..Thinking of family and sending sincere sympathy.... Carolyn Vaughn


Patti Gopp DeVault posted on 11/19/19

Thoughts and prayers, may your memories give you comfort at this time.


Jim Massarelli posted on 11/19/19

So sorry for your loss. Was shocked to hear this.Didn't even know he was in the hospital. We had some interesting talks when he walked his dog in our neighborhood. God be with you and the family.


Judy Schrock posted on 11/19/19

Jackie, Amy, John and family, Jim will be greatly missed. I was proud to claim him as my cousin and will always miss him. Aden and I offer you all our deepest sympathy. You are all in our prayers.


Martha Fankhauser posted on 11/19/19

Dear Jackie and family, I was stunned when I saw this. My heart goes out to all of you. Jim was such a wonderful Man and I feel very blessed to have known him. He loved you Jackie with all his heart as well as his family! Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. GOD will be thrilled to have him in heaven?


Michael Austing posted on 11/19/19

Rest in peace, Noble Stutz!


Carol Marsh posted on 11/19/19

Sympathy to Jim’s Family! Jim was a good friend. Jim and Carol Marsh