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James "Rick" DeWitt

January 2, 1955 ~ October 7, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old

James DeWitt Obituary

James R. “Rick” DeWitt

Age 68, of Canton, passed away Sat., October 7, 2023.  He was born January 2, 1955 in Canton, a son of the late Bob and Juanita (Richards) Stiffler, and was a life resident.  Rick was a 1973 graduate of Canton South High School.  He was retired from Ashland-Marathon Oil Co., after over 30 years’ service, where he started on the pipeline, went to wastewater, and then became a training specialist.  Previously he worked for The Timken Co. twelve years.  Rick was a member of the Spinners Car Club, which was very helpful to families and children in need.  Throughout his life he loved hot-rods and muscle cars, and recently bought a 1971 El-Camino, to go with his 1948 Chevy panel truck, 1946 Ford pick-up, and a custom 1977 Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  He and Peggy attended many car shows over the years.

Rick is survived by his companion of 33 years, Peggy S. Phillips; two sons and one daughter, Ricky (Dannette) DeWitt, Scott Phillips, and Sydney Phillips-DeWitt; four grandchildren, Gage DeWitt and his fiancée, Megan Skrypka, Skyla DeWitt, Alex DeWitt, and Emma DeWitt; a half- sister, Kristina Sexton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Nancy Collins; and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be announced on the funeral home web-site.  Condolences may be sent to:

Gordon (330) 456-4766

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