James F. Imes, 80, passed away peacefully late Monday evening September 16, 2013 at The Morrison House in Zanesville, Ohio surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his parents Harold E. and Elizabeth H. Imes and two sisters Dorothy Love and Rose Ann Baldwin.
He is survived by the love of his life of 57 years, his wife Sandy Imes; daughter Sally Mliz (Brad Moorman) Imes, son Pat Imes and son Jack (Julie) Imes, grandchildren Reverend Ryan (Ashley) Ritzmann, Allison (Andrew) Lish, Jimmy Imes, Emily Imes, Stephanie Imes and Luke Imes. Additionally, he is survived by his sister Sally (Ed) Wilchenski and five great-grandchildren, Samantha, Brycen and Brooklyn Lish, Gabriel and Phoebe Ritzmann. His love of family was unmatched and the center of his life.
Jim was born November 6, 1932 in Ironton, Ohio where he graduated from Ironton High School. Additionally, he attended Ohio State University, the Wisconsin School of Banking and American Institute of Banking along with numerous banking institutions of higher learning.
Jimâ€™s career in banking spanned 43 years all with Bank One Corporation (and its predecessor First Bank Group). Starting in Columbus Ohio his responsibilities included Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager (Kingsdale) and Assistant Vice President which eventually led to his role as President and CEO of Bank One Cambridge and Zanesville. Prior to retirement he also assumed the role of Chairman of the Board of this bank retiring in 1995.
Jim cared very deeply about the communities in which he lived. Starting with his time in Columbus these included Kinder Key and Vaud-Villities Productions. Moving to southeast Ohio he impacted the lives of many with his work with the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, Guernsey Memorial Hospital Fund Drive, Rotary, the United Fund, Junior Achievement , Ohio Development Finance Commission , Omega, Arts and Crafts Foundation, Muskingum College Design for Tomorrow, Community Education Program Coordinator and the Community Industrial Association. Among his many achievements he was most proud of his early involvement and establishment of The Myron Fishel Scholarship Fund which has provided countless scholarships to Guernsey County high school seniors.
Besides his deep love of his family Jim enjoyed his time on the golf course being a member of Cambridge Country Club, Zanesville Country Club and Sun & Lake Club in Sebring, Florida.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the caring hospice staff at The Morrison House in Zanesville along with his very special physician Dr. Erin Remster.
Family will receive friends from 2-5 PM on Friday September 20th and on Saturday September 21st from 10-11 AM at the Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home, 1271 Blue Avenue, Zanesville. Immediately following will be a memorial service at 11:00 AM.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Genesis Hospice and Palliative Care: 713 Forest Avenue, Zanesville, Ohio 43701
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