James Joseph Sidle

Birth Date: 
Friday, January 22, 1943
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Wooster – James Joseph Sidle, 79, of Wooster passed away at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare on Wednesday, April 6, 2022.

He was born January 22, 1943 in Wooster the son of Ralph and Martha Skelton Sidle.  He married Deborah Rinard on June 20, 1970.  She survives.

Jim was a retired teacher and coach of 5 sports at Wooster High School.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the NEA, OEA and a lifetime member of the Wooster Elks.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Deborah, are his sons Brett (Jennifer) Sidle of Royal Oak, MI and Todd Sidle of Cuyahoga Falls and grandsons Hudson and Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Neil Sidle.

Friends will be received at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wooster Cemetery with Pastor Eric Fairhurst officiating.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.

Memorial Contributions: 

Ohio's Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


Sunday, April 10, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m. at funeral home


Graveside Service on Monday, April 11, 2022 at Wooster Cemetery at 11:00 a.m.


So sorry for your loss, he was a great teacher.
Lots of hugs and prayers to the family.

Lot of fun eating out and playing golf with Jim and Deb love you both

The rides when Jim picked me up at the airport in Cleveland to visit my Mother were just special. He and Debbie were so good to my Mother and that made them very special to me. I am sorry for the loss of Jim and I extend my condolences to his family.

Jim was a Good friend. He and Debbie cared for our mother for several years before she died. I was fortunate to be on the Wooster varsity basketball team when Jim was a senior and I was a sophomore. That’s when our friendship grew. That friendship was solidified when Jim and our coach, Dave Gallapoo, came to Indiana to be a part of my induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. I will always be great full. He had a good life and loved helping people. Condolences to Debbie and their sons.

Mr. Sidle was a great teacher! Always fond memories of him. sincere a condolences to his family.

Debbie, I am so sorry for your loss of Jim. May these days land gently.

So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He contributed so much to Wooster City Schools and the golf team.

We’re so sorry for your loss, Deb. Prayers for you and your family.

I am very fortunate to have had Jim as a best lifelong friend, classmate, teammate, best man at my wedding, and loyal Puritan! I am very grateful to Debbie for her devotion and the care she has given Jim these past few years. All care givers know first hand the road she has traveled with her love and patience. My condolences to Jim and Debbie's sons, spouses, and the grandchildren. May Jim have the eternal peace he deserves.

So sorry to see this about Jim. Our condolences to your family
Tom and Joyce Barker
Former neighbors

Despite Mr. Sidle’s teasing and prodding during, and well after my high school years, there was always a sincere caring and earnestness about him that I treasured. Each time I was privileged to see and chat with Jim and Debbie, they were unfailingly kind and encouraging. I will miss his wry smile and good-natured banter. It is truly an honor to participate in his service, and our prayers are lifted up for Debbie and their family.

Debbie and Kids, you have my heartfelt sympathy. Jim was a great guy that was a lot of fun during my kids football days and gym classes. Praying for you as these days and weeks unfold. Sincerely, Patti

I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was my Freshman basketball coach and my baseball coach my Junior year. I am grateful For the positive impact he had on my life! My condolences to his family!

Mr. Sidle was one of my favorite teachers and glad I got to know him much better after I was done with high school. I enjoyed talking to him and his sense of humor and teasing. He cared about his students. My sympathy and prayers go out to Debbie and the kids.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

Some of my most favorite memories of Jim were going to Coccia’s for pizza when we visited Wooster. The funny banter between the guys was the best of times. I am so sad to learn of Jim’s passing. Thoughts are with you Deb and family. I can still picture Jim playing on the high school basketball team. God bless you and may He be by your side.

I am sorry to hear of Jim's passing.I knew him through the school system, as well as living in the neighborhood. Good man

Debbie and Family,
May you all find strength in the love that surrounds you, and peace in the memories you cherish.

Mr.Sidle will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Debbie and the family. We had some fun and great memories back when we were students of his. When I got to college he’d go to a few Cleveland Indians games with me and Daniel and those were so fun! Thanks for the banter and your great sense of humor! We will miss you coach!

I am so sorry, Debbie and sons; Jim will be missed by all who knew him. Sending sincere sympathy and condolences.
Sending comfort to all of you.

Mr. Sidel was my high school driving instructor. We used to love to verbally spar about women drivers…lol. I was always quite fond of him.

Coach Sidle (Todd) and family,
We are so sorry to hear about your father’s passing.
Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
RJ, Bob, and Aimee Williams

I remember just beginning to teach school at Edgewood Junior High in 1968. Jimmy and I met and he took me under his wing and showed me around Wooster as I was from North Dakota. We were close friends for the 6 years I taught. We coached together and I umpired games for Wooster High when Jimmy was the coach. Thanks for being a friend.

Debbie and kids. So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. Having taught at Wooster with Jiim and Deb for many years, I remember many interesting conversations with both of you! Thanks for the memories. He certainly was dedicated to his job teaching and coaching and to his family. Deb, blessings to you and the kids.

Brett and family, The entire History Department at DCDS has all of you in our prayers at this most difficult time.

Dear Debbie, Todd and Brett,
When we returned home today we read of Jim's passing. We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was gentle and kind with a good sense of humor and fun. His boys carry on that tradition! He was one of the "upper classmen" that I admired at WHS. He and Debbie were such a neat couple. And he and I taught together at WHS. It is nice to read about how fond his students and baseball players were of him. We are keeping you in our hearts and prayers. Sorry to have missed the calling hours. We would have loved to see you.
Linda and Dave

We got to Know Jim 44 Years ago as his Mom & Dad's Neighbor. Over the years as Jim, Debbie, Todd & Brett would come down to help Grandma & Grandpa. in was our pleasure to meet Such an Outstanding Family. Jim also, would drive us, up to the Airport for our Annual Vacation, then come back and pick us up! We were bless to know Jim. I'm sure he touch many lives for the better. May God bring Comfort and Bring Peace to his Family.

I was taught Latin by Jim's mother, Mrs Martha Sidle. Jimmy would say, "Hi, Mom", every day he passed by the class. I didn't know him personally but he was his Mom's pride and joy. He was one of the "good guys" who lived a wonderful life and obviously touched so many. God bless Jim and his family.

I’m so sorry to hear if Jim’s passing. I had the privilege of teaching with Jim at the high school as well as living in the same neighborhood for several years. I’m thinking of you Debbie and the boys and their families. He will be missed by all who knew him

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