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“My thoughts and prayers are with you the family. Your parents were wonderful people! BIG JIM, I always looked forward to seeing him at Football...Read More »
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“My and wife Betty are shocked to hear of the loss of Jim and Elaine. Jim was always my very best friend and was our Best Man many years ago. I wasn't...Read More »
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“Jim and Elaine are truly the sweetest customers we have ever had the pleasure of serving. Jim will be deeply missed by everyone he touched at Panera...Read More »
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“Jim and his wife Elaine were such wonderful customers at Panera, They would come in every morning and enjoy there breakfast snacks, I so enjoyed...Read More »
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“Jim was more than a great employee; he and three generations of his family have been wonderful friends to our family. We always enjoyed spending time...Read More »
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A Mass of Christian Burial will be held (Date and Time Pending) at St. Michael Church in Canfield for James R. Bachtel, 85, of Canfield who passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown on Thursday June 29th. Jim was born May 1, 1932 in Canton, the son of James R. Sr. and Martha (Hawkins) Bachtel. He was a graduate of Canton Lincoln High School class of 1950, where he played football. He earned 1st. Team All-Stark County and 3rd Team All-Ohio in 1949. Jim was also selected Stark County Player of the Year for 1949. He attended Syracuse University, where he played football for the Syracuse Orangemen. Jim retired in 1999 from Mahoney Sash and Door, where he was in indoor sales. He had also worked at Iron City Sash and Door in Youngstown and later in Baltimore, MD as branch manager. He was an active member of St. Michael's Church. Jim was a life member and past president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club. In 2015 he was inducted into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame. Jim also coached the Canfield Little Cardinals football in the 1970's and was a former member of the Auxiliary Kent Police Force. Jim leaves his wife of 58 years, the former Margaret Elaine Prokop, whom he married April 4, 1959, three children , Mike (Denise) Bachtel of Cleveland, James R. (Cindy) Bachtel III of Pittsburgh, and Martha (John) Kontur of Akron, 11 grandchildren, Adam Bachtel, Amanda Baker, Royse Bachtel, Ana Bucciero, Bethany Crum, Lydia Brown, Abigail Truex, Grace Kontur, John Kontur, James Kontur, and Maggie Kontur, as well as 9 great grandchildren. Besides his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his two sisters, Jayne Amon, and Joan Benninger. Friends may call (Date and Time Pending) at the church where a mass is scheduled (Time Pending).

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