He graduated in 1962 from Fairview High School, and served with the Ohio National Guard. He worked as a body shop manager for Paradise Pontiac, Jack Shaw Pontiac, and Halleen Ford. He was also employed for 25 years as a driver for North Olmsted Municipal Bus line and retired in 2006 as a dispatcher. James loved cars and in his younger years he was competitive in drag racing.
James is survived by his loving wife, Sandra L. (nee Bretz); children, Christopher Finke (Cindy) of Grafton and Michelle Woods (Steven) of Avon Lake; granddaughter, Kelly McCurry; and brother, Robert Finke.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Emmett W. and Elizabeth (nee Finnerty).
Friends may call at the Busch Funeral Home, 163 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, from 4:30 until 7:30 P.M., Monday, November 26, 2012.
Memorial contributions may be forwarded to ALS Society, 6155 Rockside Road, Suite 403, Independence, Ohio 44131, or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave, Cleveland, OH 44110.
For more information visit www.buschfuneral.com