Craciun Funeral Home


James L. Wilson

10 September, 194624 March, 2021

James L Wilson, 74, of Middleburg Heights, OH, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on March 24, 2021 from a long journey of illness.

As 1964 graduate of Admiral King High School in Lorain, OH Jim was an entrepreneur and true visionary. He saw the possibilities to making something happen and pursued the craziest dreams. His passion, tenacity and labor of love drove his dreams into reality.

Jim’s favorite role in life was being a grandpa, father, and husband. Being surrounded by family, Spudnut Donuts, Diet Coke, Hazelnut Creamer, and his phone to play poker were all he needed to be happy! We laughed at these simple requests but truly he was a simple man.

His zest for life was boating and fishing. Owning several boats and charter captaining out of Lorain was his favorite pastime. He traveled the world and experienced many great adventures along the way. Jim was preceded in death by his father and mother, David and Maryann (Glaser) Wilson Left to celebrate Jim’s life is his wife of 14 years, Jackie Boyce, daughters Janice (Wilson) Jokkel and husband Ed, Debbie (Wilson) Bires and husband Joe, sons, James and Jeff (Susan). Stepdaughter Jennifer (Boyce) French and husband Jon, stepson David Boyce and wife Candice. He adored all his grandkids! Brittney Ice and her two daughters Brooklynn and Kennedy, Will, Tabby and their two sons Cam and Damen Ice, Matthew and Sarah Jokkel, Gage and Ashli Wilson, Dylan Good, Caden Wilson, Brandon, Reece and Nolan French and David Jr, and Pepper Boyce. Along with sisters Jane (Dave) Lugar, and Marilyn (Ken) Vazur, nieces and nephews

Using social distancing, the family will welcome friends and family on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a celebration of life memorial at Cracuim Funeral Home, 14925 East Bagley Road Middleburg Heights (440-843-5957).

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation – enriching the lives of children with special needs through fishing.


  • Visitation

    Sunday, 11 April , 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, 11 April , 2021


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John Hiser

13 September 2021

Went to. Grade school with Jim a great guy. Many memories of past times. He will always be remembered. Jack Hiser.

Beverly Potash

2 May 2021

I was so sorry to hear that Jim passed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Jim and I were good friends. We met a little more than 20 years ago at Beaver Park Marina. He just moved away and we lost touch. We connected again on Facebook. I just heard about his passing I would have come to
celebrate his life. He will be remembered and missed. RIP Jim

Marlo Truett

26 March 2021

I was so incredibly heart broken to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a beautiful soul and will be dearly missed. May God comfort your family and loved ones during this very difficult time.

Rosalie Runkowski

26 March 2021

To the Wilson family. Im so so sorry for your loss. I've only known Jim for only 14 years but the one thing that was most dear to him was...His family - Wife, Children, Grandchildren, Great grandchildren you all brought a smile to his face.
Rest in Peace Jim. Till we meet again.


26 March 2021

I have many favorite memories. Jim was always kind and carrying. He was my friend from age 14. I loved his whole family from his mom and dad And his sister's to later in life his children. He will be dearly missed.
Pattiee West Coley