James W Tatton

April 11, 1939 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 82)


In honor of James W. Tatton born April 11, 1939.  Jim went home to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 26, 2022.

Our hearts are broken yet we have perfect peace in knowing that  Jim joins his wife of nearly 58 years. Peggy and Jim are both rejoicing in the Lord’s ultimate healing.

Reunited with his beloved parents, Daniel and Evelyn Tatton; infant brother, David Tatton; his cherished brother and friend, Robert Tatton; his precious granddaughter, Christyan Michelle and long time friend, Homer Byrd.

“For where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”  Matt. 6:21 KJV.  Treasure: to regard or treat as precious, to cherish.  Jim treasured his children, Lori (John) Livigni, Mark (Shannon) Simmons, Lisa (Carl) Hughes, Jodi (Tim) Stem and Bob (Kris) Simmons.  He enriched every one of us with his presence.  Our Dad's unwavering love, continued forgiveness and limitless time made each feel as though we were the only person in the room.  His gift was one of generosity; “get yourself an ice cream, a pizza,” or “here’s my card, go up to Clem’s and fill up.”  He was always eager to share of himself—teaching us to swim, ski, hunt and fish, or simply sharing his latest yard sale find.

Jim loved telling a good joke, laughing til the end, or scheming his next prank. He loved reminiscing with family and friends.  His faithful prayers, constant covering or "hovering"- proved to us we were his treasure.

Jim treasured each of his 12 grandchildren.  There was never a time of being too busy:

—a hug, a kiss, a handshake or an embrace

—a day of fishing or a dropping a line in the pond

—an all day visit or a simple drop in

—an ear to listen, a word of encouragement or “Let Grandpa tell you a joke.”  Always funnier because of his own laughter.

—a “lil money to get an ice cream” or “here’s a lil something, pick yourself up a pizza”

—a “God Bless You” or “God Bless You Honey” and always an “I Love You.”

Jim treasured his 12 great-grandchildren—praying for them daily.  Whether in person, a video call, phone call or sending treasures in the mail, he always made sure they knew, “Papa Loves You!” He never minded the extra noise or mess, he was just so happy to have them around. He patiently let them walk beside him as they "helped Papa walk with his stroller" (walker.) He had an “open lap policy” that said, “I am here for you”. He loved the snuggles they exchanged and  allowed time to stand still so he could give them his full attention.

Jim treasured his family—his sister-in-law, Betty (Robert) Tatton and each niece and nephew.  “A dear brother” to his sister, Trudy (James) Chapman-Radley whom he loved deeply.  Their faithful prayers covered one another near and far.  “His strength and protection gave strength,” a blessing she later returned. Among Jim's greatest friends was his lifelong friend, Tim Mihalic. They enjoyed many cherished memories, spanning from grade school until Jim's passing.

Jim’s career as a contractor/cost estimator in the mechanical insulation industry spanned 35 years with Clark Industrial, Cascade Insulation, and Cardinal Industrial Insulation.  Throughout his career, Jim was affiliated with Insulators Local 84 where he served as longtime Chairman of the Apprenticeship Committee.  Jim proudly served as past President of both the Master Insulators and Central States Insulation Contractors Association.  Jim also was a member of the Builders Exchange of Akron, SANEO, and the National Insulation Association.

Jim was a proud charter and "lifetime member" of the Portage Summit Field and Stream Club. His love for hunting, fishing, and creating new friendships was what he enjoyed the most.

Jim's legacy will be a life of Unrelenting Love, Laughter and Integrity. He taught us to look a person in the eye, give a firm handshake and always fulfill your promise.  Jim held, above all things, Faith, Family, Love and Honesty to be the staple of who he was.  He will forever be treasured in our hearts.  “God Bless You” as we celebrate Jim’s life.


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