Robert G. James | News, Sports, Jobs

SALEM – Robert G. James, of Salem, OH passed away on Thursday, November 4, 2021, just two weeks after his 67th birthday. He was born October 21, 1954, the son of the late Robert Sr. and Elizabeth (Steffel) James.

Robert was a tremendous presence in life, never hesitating to share his opinion or life experiences with others. He had a vivid imagination and a different way of looking at the world. He attended ETI Technical College and the New Castle School of Trades. A jack of all trades, Robert has worked around 47 different jobs in his life including driving trucks, factory work at Butech Bliss, servicing at Ron Joy Nursing Home, and air conditioning repair. at Sears. His most recent 12-year job was as a caretaker at the Salem Public Library. Robert was known as a handyman, fixing his own affairs and often lending a helping hand to others (including his sons’ friends). He loved tractors and other machinery, planting corn and always worked on one project or another. Robert paid particular attention to his diet, with his favorite dinner of ham, baked red potatoes, fresh sweet corn, salad, and Debbie’s homemade applesauce. He was always looking forward to an extra serving of vanilla ice cream. Robert also had a soft spot for his cat, Garfield, and his stepdog, Oakley.

Besides his parents, a sister Joni James also predeceased him.

Robert is survived by his wife, Debbie; son, Timothy and wife Sarah; son, William, and close family friend Ann Grimes.

Friends and family will be received from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at the Stark Memorial

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

If unable to attend, you can show your support by joining our “Hugs from home” program where your message will be attached to a balloon in the chapel to remind the family of your love and support at

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