Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Goodbye to my son, James Dean McConahay, born October 20, 1950.  Jim, who has “a window seat on a fast plane to heaven” died on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at West View Healthy Living.  Waiting to greet him are his father, Russell J. McConahay and an older brother, Raymond.

Jim will be waiting to welcome mother, Laura Marie and siblings Gaye (Dennis) Hartwig, Scott (Laura), Paul, Dawn (Jeff) Waggy, Beatrice (Thomas) Nadelin and Jill (Gino) Desimone.

After an illustrious sports career, Jim graduated from Northwestern High School, June 1969.  He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the Army.

Jim’s 20 nieces and nephews always had a soft spot in their hearts for Uncle Jim.  He shared a bit of wisdom for them, “You will have many bridges of opportunity in your life.  Pay attention!  Don’t miss them.”Throughout his life, Jim was the life of the party and always a jokester.  His t-shirts with funny sayings brightened the day of staff and residents of West View Healthy Living.  The family, on behalf of Jim, would like to give a special thank you to the staff at West View Healthy Living for the love and care they gave Jim.

Good-bye Jim.  We love you and you will be missed.  There is an empty spot in the life of all who knew you.

A Service or Remembrance will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster with Rev. Bob Meyer officiating. Interment will follow in Congress Cemetery.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 from 6:30-8:30 PM at the church.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Wayne Presbyterian Church, 7152 Burbank Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. To Laura and ALL the GREAT FAMILY: Scott (in my class at Northwestern, Gayle, Paul, Dawn, Beatrice & Jeff & all your Families as well:
    You have NO IDEA what an enormous impact Jim and I developed through out the yeaers. After going to school just a couple of grades behine, then he was taked by the military at time
    to Vietnam. Jim did OK, however. Then he gets home, and my brother is stuck in a Snow bank. What happens> of course The Christian in Jim was prevalent as he pulled my brother out of
    the Snow bank. However, he was in a wreck just not too long after that, and in a coma for several months!
    He recuperated, and became a client of mine at the Nick Amster Workshop for over 20++ years. We always had a LOT of fun, and always a GREAT time.
    I also got to watch him in Respite for his parents when needed. I do not know who ate more ice cream: Jim Mc or this Jim Appleman!
    I will always remember him forever. He was always on the TOP of the TOP lost of my favorite clients, as I had known him as friend at Northwestern.

    Say a definitely prayer for him and the entire family. They need this.

    And I know you will remember the great GREAT guy!!

    EVERYONE: do something that will help the family, and definitely assist Jim:
    Read Ecclesiastics: 3: 1-10 VRS 1-2 are the most important to re-read.

  2. So very sorry for your loss God Bless

  3. Thank you for your service. Condolences to the family.

  4. Laura Marie and family,
    I know Jim will be greatly missed, but he was loved and cared for all of his life. You all did your jobs well. I can’t imagine Jim’s joy as he is finally free form the confines of his earthly body and in the presence of his loved ones and our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  5. Dear Laura,
    Jim always knew how to be a good friend, with a great sense of humor and a strong resolve to enjoy life the best way he could. You have been a compassionate, devoted mother. Rest assured that Jim is at peace.
    Rebecca (Kachmar) Herr

  6. Laura Marie,

    Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers – I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. I will always fondly remember Jim’s great spirit, fun, laughter, love for the music, and his hilarious teasing and joking with staff and residents at West View. God’s grace, peace, and comfort to Laura and Family.

  8. Laura – I will miss seeing Jim as you walked in the courtyard. I saw him in the hall by his room and he knew I was his friend from the gazebo. Soft prayers of sorrow for your loss.

  9. I loved the smile and laugh when I would comment on his t-shirts!! He had such a wicked good sense of humor. Many hugs Miss Laura

  10. Laura, I am so sorry to hear that Jim has passed away. I have so many fond memories of great and funny conversations I had with him when I worked with him at Nick Amster. He was a great guy and I extend my sincerest sympathies to you and your family.

  11. I’ll miss you Jim. Don’t tease the Angels too much!

  12. Dear Laura Marie and family, I have so many special memories of times with Jim when we were kids when our family would come and visit with your family. I also was blessed to be able to visit Jim from time to time when I was in the Wooster area. I am sorry that I can’t join you in person today and tomorrow as you remember and celebrate the gift that Jim was to all of us. However I will be with you in prayer. May God comfort and give you strength in these days and in the days ahead.

  13. Laura,
    Taking care of Jim was such a special honor. He really did light up the room, and kept everyone laughing. I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was lucky to have a mother like you who was always there for him. He will be truly missed.


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