James R. McQuilkin, DDS

GUILFORD LAKE — James R. McQuilkin, DDS, 80, of Guilford Lake, passed away Friday, Nov.23, 2018.

He was born in Salem, Ohio, July 21, 1938, to the late Walter and Eunice Gene (Davidson) McQuilkin.

Jim was a graduate of Alliance High School (1956) and Western Reserve University (1964), where he earned a doctorate of dental surgery.  Jim was proud to care for many multi-generational families during his 40 years of dental practice.

An avid historian, Jim served as president of the Western Columbiana County Historical Society and was instrumental in the renaming of Strotter Brown Avenue to honor the former slave and basketmaker who settled in Salem. As a young boy, Jim’s uncle took him to see the Cleveland Indians play in the 1948 World Series, sparking a life-long love of baseball. He also played offensive guard on his college football team and remained lifelong friends with his teammates. Jim enjoyed bowling, tennis and playing cards with friends. As a tribute to veterans and to raise funds for playground equipment, Jim participated in an American-flag placement program, which can be seen on the shores of Guilford Lake each summer. Jim was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. In 1992, he and his wife created a 160-acre tree farm and land restoration area that continues to thrive today.

Jim was preceded in death by siblings Peggy, Gerald, and Stephen McQuilkin; daughter Anne Hassel; and brother-in-law James Russell. Surviving loved ones include his wife, Jean (Sitler) McQuilkin; children James (Billie) McQuilkin Jr., Brian McQuilkin, Susan (Kevin) Waltz, Hallie Logan, and Heather (Burt Perkins) Logan; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Gloria McQuilkin, Marsha McQuilkin, and Peggy Russell; brother-in-law Jack (Dinah) Sitler; son-in-law Kris Hassel; in addition to many nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2018 at Hanoverton Presbyterian Church in Hanoverton, Ohio. Visiting for family and friends will follow from 11 a.m. to noon in the church fellowship hall. A private interment ceremony will be held at Bethesda Cemetery, where his 1766 namesake is buried.

 Arrangements are being handled by Stark Memorial Funeral Home in Salem.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Western Columbiana County Historical Society (PO Box 162, Homeworth, Ohio 44634) or to Hospice of the Valley (5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512).

James’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent at www.starkmemorial.com.


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