Charles James Jim McCune, 61, of Port Washington, was called home to be with the Lord early Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2011, from his childhood Port Washington residence. He had been in a one year struggle with cancer.
Jim was born in Cambridge on Sept. 26, 1949, and was preceded in death by his Port Washington parents, Charles H. Chuck McCune, who died in 2000, and A. Ruth Eckelberry McCune, who died in 2006.
He was a graduate of Port Washington High School, Class of 1967, the last graduating class at Port Washington before the Indian Valley South consolidation.
Jim was a Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist by faith and was a retired shipping clerk with the former Alsco Company, Gnadenhutten, where he worked for 26 years. Jim was a member of the LOOM 740 (Uhrichsville Moose Lodge), and participated in the bowling leagues at Cy Young Lanes, Newcomerstown, and the golf leagues at Big Bend Golf Course, Uhrichsville. He also enjoyed baseball in Port Washington and as a member of the Newcomerstown Merchants Class A team. He had a couple of try-outs with the Kansas City Royals baseball team in his younger years. Jim was a big sports fan, following the Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers for all of his life. He also enjoyed many activities, including corn hole, horse shoes, and Wii bowling. Jim also enjoyed working with statistics and numbers, especially in the field of sporting events. He was known by all his family and friends as having a kind heart when it came to helping others. He was also known for his quick wit and his wonderful sense of humor that he displayed, even in the last weeks of his life.
Jim is survived by two daughters and a son, Connie Jo McCune of Dover, Amy Jo (Jim) Collins of Bolivar, and James Edward Jim (Kim) McCune of Beach City; four grandchildren, Madison Jolynn Vandine of Dover, and Jimmy, William, and Emmett Collins, all of Bolivar; two sisters and a brother, Mary Ann (R. Craig) Wilkin of Newcomerstown, Jeanie M. (Timothy D.) Stokes of Coshocton and Richard A. (Mary E.) McCune of Port Washington; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
To honor Jims requests, there will be no visiting hours observed. Public graveside services and burial took place Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in the Salem-Union Cemetery, Port Washington.
Pastor Rita C. Myers of the Set Free Community Church, Coshocton, will conduct the services.
Military graveside services were performed by the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard. The family is requesting that memorials be made in Jims name to the Community Hospice of Tuscarawas, Carroll, and Stark counties, 201 West Third St., Dover, OH 44622.