James A Kistler

  • Born: October 12, 1936
  • Died: January 28, 2018
  • Location: Elyria, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

114 Second Street
Elyria, OH 44035

Tel. (440) 322-3717

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother

James A. Kistler, 81, of Elyria went home to be with his Lord Sunday, January 28, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born October 12, 1936 in Cleveland.
James was a graduate of Bedford High School, Class of 1954 and received his BA from Ohio Northern University in 1958. He was employed for 30 years at National City Bank in Cleveland, retiring in 1995 as the Vice President of Consumer Loans. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church for 45 years and served on the Finance Committee and Trustee Board. He loved woodworking, golfing, and was an avid Cleveland Indians fan.
Mr. Kistler is survived by his wife of 60 years, Valera (nee Iams); children Michelle Cook (Keith) of Elyria, James D. Kistler (Kim) of Elyria, Rebecca Porter (Rick) of Elyria; grandchildren Joshua, Marie, Kimmy, Tyler, Mackenzie, Erica, Trent, Karlie, Brent; great-granddaughter Charlotte Elizabeth Cook; sisters Jane McAnaney of Buffalo, NY, Joan MacMeans of Garfield Heights, and Jeri Buddenhagen of Independence.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur J. and Marie E. (nee Tessmer) Kistler.
Friends may call 5-9pm Monday, February 5 at Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second Street, Elyria. A Memorial Service will be 11am Saturday, March 3 at the Community United Methodist Church, 680 Abbe Road N, Elyria. Pastor Reverend Kevin Coleman will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be forwarded to New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053. www.buschcares.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Kistler and extended family: The loss of Jim is hard to fathom. He was like a father to me. While growing up in the late 1970s, the Kistler family took me under their wing and helped guide me through some turbulent years. For this, I will be eternally grateful. Until I see you in glory Jim, I will remember you with love.

Posted by Greg Barr - Elyria, OH - Friend   February 24, 2018

Alison and I send our sincerest wishes for peace & comfort

Posted by Elliott Simon - Solon, OH - Friend   February 20, 2018

Dear Valera, Jim was a wonderful christian man. I truly admired him. May you find peace knowing he is with God. Love and Blessings Neil and Janice Tessmer

Posted by Neil Tessmer - Seven Hills, OH   February 04, 2018

Dear Michelle and Family,My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I'm sure that there are many happy and joyful memories that can be shared for the uplift of your spirit.Blessings,Lynn B.

Posted by A friend   February 04, 2018

It was my honor to know and work with Jim for almost two decades at National City. He was a true model of professionalism. More importantly, he was a kind, gentle and thoroughly decent man who was universally admired and respected. He was a wonderful man and I consider myself very fortunate to have know him. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Mark Biars - Hudson, OH   February 02, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of Jim Kistler's passing. I first met him in the 1960's. He was a man of great integrity and kindness. I am sure that anyone that met Jim became his friend. I will miss him and my prayers are with Valera and family. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by Michael McKenna - Costa Mesa, CA - Friend   February 01, 2018

I had the pleasure and honor of knowing Mr. Kistler ( Dad ) like I call him since 1977 when He welcomed me to his house together with his wife Valera ( Mom) and Shelly , Jim and Becky . As an exchange student . I would never forget all the talks that we had around their fire place and all the many times that he laughed of my weird jokes . I want to celebrate your life Dad, I don't want to be sad , but I cannot help it . You and Mom raised a beautiful family and I am proud and happy to be part of it . Love you with all my heart . Nando

Posted by jose ( Nando ) Spillari - Westhampton Beach, NY   January 31, 2018

I worked with Mr. Kistler at NCB - such a kind, wonderful man. Heaven has gained another angel.

Posted by - Cleveland, OH   January 31, 2018

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