Wayne E “Jim” Strine, age 77, Plymouth, Ohio, left this world peacefully on July 18th, 2017 after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia.
Jim was married to Jane (Fenner) Strine for 25 years and had 6 children between the two: Julie Buzard (Taylor Jackson), Matthew (Amy) Buzard, Teresa Strine, Aaron (Katie) Strine, Nathan Buzard, & Jon Strine. Along with 8 grandchildren & one on the way. Siblings include: Bill (Chris) Strine, Earl (Vicki) Strine, & Marlene (Mike) Evans. He was preceded in death by both his parents, an infant son, & his first wife Jeanie.
The son of Wayne & Agatha Strine,
Jim spent his life between both Ashland & Plymouth where he worked as police officer, corrections officer, & as fireman for Plymouth Volunteer Fire Dept He also served in the US Navy. His joy, however, was acting as Chief Safety Officer for Cedar Point for many years where he spent from open to close at the park each day ensuring the safety of the public. Jim loved his job so much that he, Jane & Julie fondly spent many nights eating pizza on the roof of the Breakers Hotel while watching the light show together & driving thru the park at close or during the Winter to check on fire alarms, even stopping to play with the dolphins at times.
Jim’s other love was riding motorcycles. He spent many trips riding with his sons, his wife, & friends taking various trips across the country to the mountains, Sturgis, & Daytona Bike Week where him & Jane worked with friends selling leather goods to tourists. One Bike Week even brought a too close for comfort experience with the Hell’s Angels themselves, which Jim & Jane often enjoyed laughing at after the fact.
After retirement Jim was able to spend much of his time with his granddaughter Carlie taking her on many adventures & teaching her about life. The two were inseparable from her birth & remained soulfully connected thru his dementia. She will miss him dearly along with grandaughter Paige Delarber & grandson Cody Strine who Jim adored as well. His family will remember his warm smile & his many quirks such as his famous creation of Slim Jim stew, driving his Harley with a witches hat on, eating MRE’s on camping trips, tinkering with everything he touched, spending hours watching Fox News, showing up with an entire petting zoo he rescued, spur of the moment road trips, piling in the RV to go to Toft’s, and endless days looking for yard sales & auctions. Jim loved hunting, guns, & was a firm supporter of the NRA. He loved target shooting & taught his love for shooting to his kids.
Those who knew Jim will remember him during his healthy times & will hold him dearly to their hearts. For some souls are brought to this world to save others & Jim did just that to many whom he may never have even realized. Though our hearts are sad we know he is finally at peace & that he’ll be waiting for us someday with a big old grin & a plan for our next adventure together
At his request, no services will be held. Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.secorfuneralhomes.com
Rest in Peace, Jim. It was really nice to see you before you left. We sure had fun together working at the Park, and teaching fire fighting classes around the area. You were a dedicated Fire Chief at the Park, and in Plymouth, a top-notch motorcycle rider, a good family man, and a wonderful friend. The best to your family.
Sorry to read of Jim.s death. May the Lord give you comfort at this time. si12o
Sorry for your lost.
Jane, sorry to read that Jim had passed. He was a great person which many will agree. He was a big part of enjoying the fire service. I guess him and Dick Ackerman will have a grand time catching up. Maybe our paths will cross sometime but just know we are thinking of you and the family in prayers and thoughts. Jeanette and Ron Brown
retired from the Tiro Auburn Vol fire dept.
Teresa, Arron and John sorry for the loss of your father, he has gone to a better place, may god bless you all in this most difficult time
Many fond memories of Jim at Cedar Point. He always had a story, joke, or advice of some form or another. Very sorry for your loss, but know he’s telling those jokes and stories, and riding his motorcycle around heaven now.
Jon, Aaron, Teresa and family, I send my deepest sympathy. Thinking of you all during this time of sorrow. Keeping everyone in our prayers!
I WAS SORRY FOR THE NEWS OF JIM’S DEATH. I GRADUATED WITH HIM. WHAT A NICE MAN HE WAS AND I AM SORRY FOR THE FAMILY’S LOSS OF THEIR DAD.
So sorry for your loss. We will be keeping your family in our prayers.
Jane so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing……I lost my husband in March to ALS and we often talked about him and you……How I would love to get together sometime. Jim was a special person who I feel honored to have known and Dick and he could sure talk about fires…..gosh dont know if Heaven is ready for those two or not……many warm thoughts and hugs to you and the family……Lorna
Jane and family, so sorry for the loss of Jim. He was a fabulous person with a great (sometimes weird) sense of humor. Prayers to all.