James F. Shamel

| November 2, 2018

COSHOCTON – James “Jim” F. Shamel, 84, of Coshocton went home to live eternally with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 25, 2018. His family celebrates the fact that he is reunited with his wife of 59 years, Charlene J. (Stein) Shamel, and in the company of many loved ones gone before.

Jim was born on March 7, 1934 to the late Clarence E. and Jean (Cross) Shamel in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. Jim was a 1952 graduate of Gnadenhutten High School and graduated in 1956 from Muskingum College with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Biology. He started his career as a teacher and coach at Baltic High School. On September 14, 1957 he married Charlene J. Stein, daughter of the late Earl C. Stein, and Alta M. (Reidenbach) Stein. After a period of time in the armed service reserves he continued on to teach and coach at Rushville High School. In 1960 Jim was named the head basketball coach at Newcomerstown and in 1963 guided the Trojan baseball team. In 1964, Jim joined the Coshocton High School system as a teacher and began coaching reserve basketball under Bill Bowman. He was named head baseball coach in 1967. In 1970 he retired from the basketball program to devote more time to his family, and take up officiating in the three major sports. He led the CHS baseball team as head coach for the next seventeen years. Coach Shamel’s teams were 306-203 with one State AA Championship (1978), two Cardinal Conference titles (1970 and 1977), five Sectional Championships, two District Championships, one Regional title and various runner-up standings. In the Spring of 1985, he hit a coaching milestone by recording his 300th victory in the CHS baseball program. Jim spent several decades teaching Physical Education at the elementary level during this time period. In the summer months he held various positions in the community such as City Little League Supervisor and Lake Park Swimming facility Manager. Jim retired from teaching and coaching in 1985. He continued to substitute teach and administer the testing program at Coshocton City Schools for many years. In February 1990 Jim was honored by his peers, and was inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame. Jim was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he was recently recognized as a 50+ year member. He served the church in various capacities, including many years as a Lay Minister. He enjoyed singing at various venues, including the annual Lion’s Club minstrel.  Above all else, Jim (Coach) Shamel was honored to have the opportunity to serve his community, and share the love with other’s that he experienced through his relationship with Christ the Lord. If he ever told you he loved you, he truly did. If he didn’t have the opportunity to say he loved you, well; he did!

Jim is survived by two daughters, Shelley L. (Shamel) Hulet and Laura J. (Shamel) Reiss, and one son, James (Jamie) E. Shamel, eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one brother Richard Shamel, and two brothers-in-law, Kenny (Sue) Stein and Terry (Elaine) Stein. He is preceded in death by his wife, Charlene (Stein) Shamel, his parents, his mother and father in-law, two brothers Chester and Bruce Shamel, one sister Ruth (Shamel) Hamic, and one brother-in-law Donald Stein.

Per the family’s request, the remains of Jim and Charlene Shamel will be laid to rest at a private graveside memorial on November 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Gnadenhutten Cemetery, Gnadenhutten, Ohio. If there are family members we have not been able to reach that wish to attend, please accept the invitation to do so.

Memorial contributions may be sent in “Coach’s” honor to the “Elementary Physical Education Program” at Coshocton City Schools, 1207 Cambridge Road, Coshocton, Ohio 43812.

Condolences for the family may be expressed c/o Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home or on their online memorial at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.

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