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James Jurcevich

January 1, 1942 ~ March 4, 2021 (age 79)


James Jurcevich, age 79 of Defiance, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at his home in Defiance, surrounded by his family.   

He was born on January 1, 1942 to Adam and Ella (Settlemire) Jurcevich in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. James was a 1959 graduate of Johnstown Catholic High School. On July 24, 1965 he married Marilyn (Brilhart) Jurcevich, who survives.

James was a faithful member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He worked for over 41 years at General Motors in Defiance until his retirement in 2004. He worked with the Defiance County Board of Elections, and was a member of VFW #3360. He enjoyed his time spent volunteering at St. Paul's Food Pantry, and The Salvation Army. He was a counselor with Stephen's Ministry, and was an avid Steelers fan. James loved his children and grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments. His most cherished times were spent with his family.
James will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 55 years, Marilyn Jurcevich of Defiance, his son, James (Laura) Jurcevich II of Worthington, OH, and his daughter, Janel (Dan) Markley of Napoleon, OH. He also leaves behind four grandchildren; Justs, Shayla, Isabella, and Steven, his brother, William (Patricia) Jurcevich of Defiance, and his sister, Eileen Dietz of Bristol, Indiana. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Robert Jurcevich.
All services for James will be private. Schaffer Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with arrangements. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. 
Memorials are suggested to St. Paul United Methodist Church, or to St. Paul's Food Pantry. Online condolences can be given at

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St. Paul United Methodist Church
400 Wayne Avenue, Defiance, Ohio 43512,
Tel: 419-782-3751

St. Paul United Methodist Food Pantry
400 Wayne Avenue Defiance, OH 43512,
Tel: (419) 782-3751

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