James Church III

  • Born: June 20, 1930
  • Died: February 25, 2019
  • Location: Strongsville, Ohio

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services

7501 Ridge Road
Parma, OH 44129

Tel. (440) 842-7800

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Church, III, age 88 of Strongsville; beloved husband of Peggy (nee Filker) of 52 years; loving father of Beth Levigne (Mark), Jim IV (Kathy) and Tim; grandfather of 5 loving grandchildren. He went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 25, 2019. Jim worked at WERE and WUAB/43 his entire career. He enjoyed sharing the gospel through magic and balloon art. He was known as "The Amazing Ballonologist" and was an active member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and The Fellowship of Christian Magicians. In lieu of flowers, donations may be forwarded to The City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103 or to Cedarbrook Camp of Ohio at www.cedarbrookcampoh.com. Friends and family may call at the BUSCH FUNERAL HOME, 7501 RIDGE ROAD, PARMA, on Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 5-8pm. Funeral service at Parma Heights Baptist Church, 8971 West Ridgewood Drive, Parma Heights, on Friday, March 1 at 11am with a visitation one hour prior at the church. Interment at Brooklyn Heights Cemetery, Cleveland.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Peggy and family, Our deepest sympathy to you all. Unable to visit or attend funeral. Praying the Lord will comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Ruth & Bob Barnes - Broadview Heights, OH - Friend   February 28, 2019

Please accept my condolences in the passing of Jim. Both you, Peggy, and Jim have been our friends for many years. I remember performing magic with Jim and your sons during opening days at vacation bible school at Parma Heights Baptist Church. Jim was a devout Christian spreading the gospel through magic, and the best Balloonologist I've ever seen! His creation of a large balloon rocking horse was the best ever!

Posted by Kerry Richendollar - Charlotte, NC - Friend   February 28, 2019

We have such fond memories of you and Peggy and our daughter when she was young. She just loved going to your house and enjoying her "substitute grandparents". She still talks of things she did there. You will be missed. Peggy, our prayers are with you and your family. I wish we lived closer to help honor Jim over these next couple of days.

Posted by John & Laurie Grusendorf - New Wilmington, PA - Friend   February 28, 2019

He was a great ballooning. I remember him with my Sunday school classes.

Posted by Ruth Ornberg Ornberg - Brunswick, OH - Friend   February 27, 2019


Dear Beth and family~ You are in my heart and prayers as you go through these very rough days. May God bring you His Peace and Hope always.

Posted by Deb O'Neal - Springfield, OH - Coworker   February 27, 2019

Such a talented man. Always ready to share the Gospel. He will be missed.

Posted by Ann Hemme    February 27, 2019

I have fond memories of Jim. He was always ready with silly jokes and I am so glad I knew him. His magic tricks were very entertaining. He will be greatly missed! --Karen Zemek

Posted by Karen Zemek - Parma, OH - Family Friend   February 27, 2019

Oh, Jim. We had so much fun with you and your family - camping, ballooning, laughing. Our mom, dad and brother will be so happy to see you, and I'm so glad you're safe in the arms of Jesus. If I start seeing clouds in unusual shapes, I'll think of you (and wonder just a bit if you're the one doing it). God be with you till we meet again.

Posted by Patrica LaNasa - Streetsboro, OH - Family Friend   February 27, 2019

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