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313 Center St.
ASHLAND, OH 44805
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
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James

James "Jim" P. Costello

Wednesday, April 20th, 1932 - Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
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James “Jim” P. Costello, 86

James "Jim" P. Costello died peacefully at home on February 19, 2019, after a brief illness. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 20, 1932, to James and Kathryn (Dwyer) Costello, and raised in the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland.

He was graduated from Collinwood High School in 1951 and he later attended Kent State University. Jim worked at the Lindsay Wire Weaving Company with his father and was a member of the Cleveland District No. 2 American Wire Weavers’ Protective Association.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in France and Germany. After discharge from the Army, he settled in Clearwater, Florida, where he owned different businesses, including a children’s’ shoe store, a motel on Clearwater Beach, a laundromat, as well as a water well drilling company. Jim later returned to Ohio and settled in Ashland in the 1970s to be near his parents, his uncle, and his sister and her family.

After moving to Ashland, he worked for Myers Laundry as a salesman. He enlisted in the Ohio National Guard in 1977 and was discharged in 1986 with the rank of E6 Staff Sargent. While in the Ohio National Guard, he served as a recruiter and broke records with his recruiting.

Jim later purchased the Wagon Wheel bar, which he continually operated. More recently, he purchased a long-unused building on Cleveland avenue and converted it into a pizza and sub sandwich restaurant, called The Copper Top, which also operates as a lounge.

Jim enjoyed collecting sailboat models and nautical paintings. This was inspired by his grandfather who was a captain of a ship on the Great Lakes. In addition to his pride of being an American, he was also very proud of his Irish heritage, collecting items made in Ireland, and reading Irish literature.

He enjoyed art, history, music, and sharing stories about his family and growing up in Cleveland. He was well-read and very knowledgeable on numerous subjects.

Jim had a quick wit and a good sense of humor. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, his uncle John Costello, his sister Kathryn "Katie" (Costello) Fowler, and his daughter Patricia O’Conner of Florida. He is survived by his son Terrence, grandson Dylan and granddaughter Jennifer, all of Florida, and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Father Rod Kreidler officiating. Interment will be in Ashland Cemetery. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Edward School, 433 Cottage Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at denbowfh.com.

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    Address
    313 Center St.
    ASHLAND, OH 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    Address
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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    Officiant
    Father Rod Kreidler
  • Interment

    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 |
    When
    Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
    Location
    Ashland Cemetery Association
    Address
    523 W Main Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Jane Ringler

Posted at 03:17pm
Jim was one of our favorite customers at Home Hardware in Ashland. He would pop in often for supplies for his businesses. Always lively and peppy. Always friendly with a humorous story to tell. He did a great Irish fighter stance, when he felt strongly about something.
He was very knowledgeable about history. Jim was a worker and planner. That kept him young.
He became our dear friend. He was a man with a kind heart. We will miss him alot.
With sympathy,
Mike and Jane Ringler
John 3:16
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David and Karen Samsel

Posted at 07:21pm
Jim was a real gentleman, and I enjoyed a number of conversations with him back from 08 till we moved to Flagstaff in 2015. David and Karen Samsel.
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Phil Rush

Posted at 03:24pm
You could discuss various topics with Jim, he loved to learn and also share his knowledge. He was a very unique and interesting person, when we we're younger we shared many memorable times together, I've never had a better friend..
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