Jim Russell Watson, 81, of New Philadelphia, entered into his Father’s loving care on Monday, May 14, 2018 in Community Hospice Truman House at New Philadelphia.

A son of the late Russell and Sarah (Benedum) Watson, Jim was born April 13, 1937 at Dover, Ohio.

Jim graduated from New Philadelphia High School in 1955 and was retired from Canton Hotel & Restaurant Supply.

He was an avid golfer and during his younger years he enjoyed bowling. Jim also enjoyed traveling and was especially fond of visiting the beach and cruises.

He is survived by his wife, Carol (Stephan) Watson whom he married on June 23, 1957; his children, Joel (Lisa) Watson of New Philadelphia, Scott (Donna) Watson of Tipp City, Ohio and Lisa (Ken) Watson Davis of New Philadelphia; his grandchildren, Brant (Amanda) Watson of North Olmstead, Ohio, Blair Watson Morwick of Fishers, Indiana and Emma Davis of New Philadelphia; a great-granddaughter, Nora Watson Morwick; a sister, Peggy (Kenny) Shear of New Philadelphia; and nieces and nephews. Jim is also survived by his beloved dog, Maggie.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Betty Watson.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, cremation will take place through the care of the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. The family will receive guests on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. A memorial service celebrating Jim’s life will follow in the funeral home at 7:00 PM.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Community Hospice Truman House for their loving care and compassion during Jim’s final days.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to Community Hospice Truman House, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

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