James G. Phister

May 9, 1938 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 82)



James G. Phister

Age 82, of Canton, passed away Wed., Dec. 30, 2020, in Oak Pointe Care Center in Baltic, OH.  He was born May 9, 1938 in Canton, a son of the late Paul and Rosella (Christy) Phister, Sr., and had been a Canton resident most of his life, except for 12 years he and his wife lived in Tampa, FL.  James was retired from the Ford Motor Co.  The Phister family has over 160 years of military service for our great country, and James was a 14 year veteran (SP5) of the U. S. Army serving in Vietnam, and also served in the U. S. Navy three years.  In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Phister, on Nov. 8, 2003, and a sister Mildred Phister.  He is survived by a daughter, Angela (Allen) Starkey, and their children, Taylor, Payton, and Alec James Starkey, a son, Richard Smith, and a daughter, Tawnya (Bruce) Ware, and their children, Josh, Krista, and Justi, and Tawnya and Bruce’s granddaughters, Brinley, Harper, and Brooklynn, four brothers, Len (Inger) Phister, Paul (T.J.) Phister, Jr., Ron (Ott) Phister, and David (Peggy) Phister, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Services will be held Wed. at 2 p.m. in the McClain Chapel at Forest Hill Cemetery with Military Honors.  There are no calling hours.  The family wishes to extend their grateful hearts to Oak Pointe for their continued years of exceptional care for James.  Condolences may be sent to:

Gordon (330) 456-4766

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Funeral Service
January 6, 2021

2:00 PM
Forest Hill Cemetery
4414 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH 44709

There will be no visitation

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