James M. Figley

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, June 8, 1960
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

WOOSTER – James M. Figley, 60, of Wooster passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Jim was born June 8, 1960 in Wooster to Marion and Barbara (Franks) Figley.  He married Shirley Tate on October 3, 1981.  She survives.

Jim worked for The Ohio State University OARDC for 32 years retiring in 2011.  He was a 1978 graduate of Triway High School.  He enjoyed traveling, dirt track racing and spending time with his family.

Jim will be deeply missed by his wife Shirley of 38 years; his son Kyle (Kimberly) Figley and three grandsons Maxwell, Darren and Quinton; brother Dennis (Rena) Figley of Bixby, OK and sister Diane Zollars of Wooster; father and mother-in-law Donald and Cordelia Tate of Shreve, brother and sisters-in-law Don and Betty Horst, Kenny and Connie Mullen and Joanne Tate and several nieces and nephews.

James was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother Robert Figley and a brother-in-law Stephen Zollars.

There will be no calling hours and private family services will be held.  Burial will be in the Moreland Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Moreland United Methodist Church, 138 E. Moreland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691

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

Memorial Contributions: 

Moreland United Methodist Church, 138 E. Moreland Rd., Wooster, OH 44691


No calling hours


Private family services


I was devastated when I heard this news. Jim was a great friend. Shirley and Kyle I'm very sorry for your loss.

So sorry for your loss. Prayers from my family to yours.

So sorry to hear about Jim... worked with him at OARDC... Sending prayers.

Kyle I am sorry to hear about your dad if you or your family needs anything please let me know. Praying for your family.

So sorry for your loss, sending prayers!

Deepest sympathies.

Oh Shirley, i was so shocked to read this. He was a great guy. My sincere condolences to you and your family. My prayers are with you all.

We are deeply saddened by Jimmy's passing. Our condolences to all of his family. Sorry we couldn't be there for you but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Denny, Sorry to hear about your Brother !! Our Prayers and Thoughts are with you. Fred and Rita

So sorry for your loss. We've all shared good times over the years. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Take care of each other. God bless and keep.

My heart felt condolences go out to the family of Jim Figley. Jim was a friendly and easy going guy who I got to know from his career at Ohio State OARDC. Always a smile on his face and a willingness to help. Surely taken from this world too early, he will be missed and will always be remembered. Jim, you were one of the good guys.

I knew Jim from working at OARDC. My deepest condolences to his family. May happy memories bring you peace during this difficult time.

I am so sorry for your loss Kyle and Kim.

Shirley and Kyle, our deepest sympathy on your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Kevin and Sherri DiDonato

So sorry to hear the news of your loss, Kyle. You have my condolences. We are here to support you during this difficult time. Praying for peace for you and your family.

Shirley & Kyle. Oh my, we are very sorry to hear about Jim passing! Our thought's are with your Family & May God Bless & comfort your Family.

Oh, my condolences. He was a good person. Peace and prayers for your family. I knew him from OARDC.

I had the priviledge of being the supervisor on second shift when Jim worked for Lehmans during a few Christmas holidays. We always had a great time working together, he was so pleasant and easy going. He loved sharing stories of his cookie jar shipments,repairing hot tubs and his family. I remember him always being so hot and sweating so much. I would always ask "Jim are you sure you are ok, would you like a fan"....He would always reply....."I'm just fine, I'm used to being drippy"
He was one of my favorites. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for peace and strength during this hard time. Rest easy Jim.

Heartfelt condolences to Jim's family ... In 23 years of working with Jim at the OARDC I have never, as was stated many times in the messages above, encountered a more easy going person who regardless of the task at hand was more intent on getting it right. Stunning in many ways. Rest In Peace my friend.

Jim's sudden passing is so hard to accept. He was one of our colleagues at OARDC for many years so we shared lots of experiences, and we were staying in touch at auctions since his retirement. Shirley, our condolences to you and all of Jim's family. We are so sorry for your loss.


I am so sorry to hear about Jim passing away so unexpectedly! My deepest sympathies to you, Kyle (and Kimberly), and those three grandsons! You will be in my thoughts and prayers!

With sympathy,

Shirley and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of unimaginable grief. Peace be with you all.

Shirley we just waved at Jim on Monday when he was out mowing. So shocked to hear of his death. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Jim had sparks in his eyes and Love in his heart, a true natural leader. Jim passing is a Great Loss we all share.

Shirley and Kyle - So sorry to hear of the loss of Jim. He was one of my earliest friends and I have so many wonderful memories of the fun times all of us had at Franklin. Dave and I had driven past your place recently and saw you and Jim out working in the yard. I can only imagine what a great husband and father he was in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family.

Jane Parkinson Hider

Shirley, Kyle & family. I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a great person and put up with our racing shenanigans with a smile. Prayers to entire family.

So sorry to hear of this. We had a lot great memories at Franklin. Payed baseball and football,and graduating from Triway.Praying for comfort for all.

Sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Prayers to the family!
So sorry for your loss

I am so sorry to learn of Jim’s passing. I remember him as a cute little guy—“Jimmy”—Diane’s little brother—from many times spent at their home when Diane and I were at Franklin and Triway. May you find comfort in good memories

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