James Ross Stephan

  • Born: February 2, 1941
  • Died: January 18, 2019
  • Location: Strongsville, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129

Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother and Friend

James Ross Stephan, 77, beloved husband of Martha "Marti" (nee Keller); loving father of Mark Stephan (Kari McFarlan) and Rachel Maples (Scott); loving step father of Mark Ackerman (Jennifer), Neil Ackerman and Libbi Chilia (Tony); cherished grandfather of Benjamin, Lindsay, Mark Jr., Rebekah, Nick, Harrison, Emily, Josiah, Luke, John, Nate, Sami and Camille; brother of Walter (Cookie) and Gordon (Sandra).
Jim Stephan was born on February 2, 1941, the oldest child of James Wilber Stephan and Margaret (Peg) Ross Stephan. Jim grew up in Minneapolis, where his father was a Professor of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and cofounder of a hospital administration program as well as assistant director of a hospital architectural firm. Peg was a volunteer for several organizations, most notably as an actor in the children's theater at the Minneapolis Museum of Art and General Hospital in Minneapolis. Jim was drawn to his father's occupation at a young age. His first job was as an orderly at the University of Minnesota Hospital. He attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1969. He then went on to earn a Master's degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota. Jim then took a job working as an Assistant Administrator at New York University Hospital from 1965-1966. Jim then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served at Hamilton Air Force Base in California as Assistant Administrator of the base hospital. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1969 as a Captain. Next, he served as Assistant Administrator of the Lake County Hospitals in Painesville and Willoughby, OH. Jim left that position in 1977 to enter the Kaiser Permanente Health Care System, where he was the Administrator of the Cleveland East Side Hospital. In 1981, Jim graduated with a master's degree in Organization Development and Analysis from Case Western Reserve University. Subsequently, Jim worked as an organizational consultant helping businesses improve their employer/employee relations. After retiring, Jim served as an assistant to the manager of a WSEM Food Center at Community Corner.
Jim loved his family, Rock and Roll music (during his teens, he was the president of the Minneapolis Fats Domino Fan Club) sailing, hiking, fishing, skiing, pets, carpentry, babysitting his grandchildren, his red Mazda Miata convertible, theater, custard ice cream, and ham sandwiches.
Jim Stephan was the epitome of a nice guy. He was sociable, warm, caring, accepting, and, gentle. He made life better for those around him. He served his community and his church well. He will be deeply missed.
He passed away Friday, January 18, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be forwarded to Divinity Lutheran Church 11877 Blossom Ave., Parma Heights, Ohio 44130.

Memorial service will be held at Divinity Lutheran Church 11877 Blossom Ave., Parma Heights on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 3pm.

Cremation by BUSCH CREMATORY. 440-842-7800 www.buschcares.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

Jim and I met in the CWRU Masters of Organizational Development Program,, in the 80's and were friends for many years after. We drank coffee and went canoeing and did other friend things, sometimes on the porch of my Cleveland Heights house, and sometimes on the West Side, as we in Cleveland Heights referred to it.We had many good talksJerry Friedman Asheville

Posted by Jerry Friedman - Asheville, NC   February 23, 2019

I was so sad to hear of Jim's death. He was such a positive, cheerful person, and a kind person to talk to.--

Kari Friedman Collier

Posted by A friend   February 20, 2019

May the loving touch of Jesus be with you during this difficult time. Sorry I can't be with you at the Memorial Service. I will always remember the many good and challenging days ay WINOC. It was a pleasure to work with Jim. Sorry we lost touch over the last few years. May he Rest in Peace.

Posted by Marvin Pozdol - Shaker Heights, OH - Coworker   February 10, 2019

I was very saddened to hear about the death of Jim. Although I hadn't seen him or Marti for some years I have never forgotten his gentleness and compassion for all who were in his company. We worked together for a few years and I can say all that was stated about him in the Plain Dealer was very much who he was. He was a joy to be with and was sorely missed when he finally decided to retire completely. He was very organized and his desk was very much in order and ready to tackle whatever the day would bring. My memory of Jim was when I was interviewing for the position and as he sat across from me I stated something like "I bet it is hard for you to see my cluttered desk" and he replied, "no, it doesn't bother me because it isn't mine!" Total acceptance of others and how they functioned. Marti and Jim had many good years and he will now have them again. Lovingly, Lou Keim

Posted by Lou Keim - Lakewood, OH - coworker   February 10, 2019

Posted by A friend   February 02, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by - OH   February 02, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and your family doing your time of sorrow may the God of comfort be with you and your family.

Posted by A friend   February 02, 2019

To the family of James Ross Stephan,

May God bless you, praise be the God of comfort who comfort us all in our trails.

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2019

I wish to extend my sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort and peace in your cherished memories and in God's word with all it's promises. John11:25

Posted by A friend   January 31, 2019

Thinking of you all! Prayers for Jim, Marti, and all. From The daughter of Dorothy, a neighbor from Cottage at Arden. Rest In Peace now Jim.

Posted by Cheryl Palidar - Broadview Hts., OH - acquaintance   January 30, 2019

My sincere condolences may the God who binds up the brokenhearted and comforts all who mourn be with you now and in the days ahead Isaiah 61:1,2

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2019

Sorry for the lost of a love one my the God of comfort be with you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2019

Sorry for the lost of a love one my the God of comfort be with you in your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 29, 2019

My sincere condolences for your loss. May the God of all comfort sustain you now and in the days ahead. May God also grant you a measure of peace.

Posted by B    January 28, 2019

My sympathy goes out to the family at this time of grief. May Gods word and his loyal love and comfort you through this difficult time.

Posted by Bridget Casas - Cleveland, OH   January 28, 2019

May God give your family comfort during your time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   January 28, 2019

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband and father. May your fond memories and the peace that God gives comfort and strengthen you during this difficult time. Phillipians 4:6,7,13

Posted by TB - Cleveland, OH   January 28, 2019

Jim was one of the good people. As we say in Yiddish, "a mensh." A stand up human being. I am so glad to have known him. He will be missed. Bernice L. Sharpe

Posted by Bernice Sharpe - Beachwood, OH - Friend   January 25, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Jim was a loyal Gustie.

Posted by Paul Tillquist - North Oaks, MN - Friend   January 24, 2019

Jim was a wonderful person and a blessing. I will always remember his kind and generous nature and all he did for his family. He will be missed.

Posted by Tony Chilia - Family   January 23, 2019

Your family is in our prayers.

Posted by Ken Vadini - Parma Heights, OH - Friend   January 23, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Love and miss you Marti. God bless you and the family

Posted by Vivian - Cleveland, OH - Friend   January 21, 2019

Sorry for your loss, my condolences to the family and friends of James may you find great comfort in God's promise found in John 6:40

Posted by Trisha - OR - Friend   January 21, 2019

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