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Dueber United Methodist Church
Saturday July 21st, 2018
9:30am - 11:30am

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Dueber United Methodist Church
Saturday July 21st, 2018

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James "JB" Biss

James “JB” Biss finished the race on July 15, 2018 and is now secure in his heavenly home with his Lord and Savior. He was born February 4,1938 in Dixonville, PA. (Nobody ever knew exactly how old he was, but now the secret is out!)

Son of Robert and Ethel Biss (deceased); and older brother to Jerry (Carol) Biss, Carol Taylor and Judith (deceased) (Luis) Biss-Ramirez, the family moved to Akron in 1944.

Jim graduated from Central High School in 1956 and the University of Akron in 1962.

He spent the majority of his career at Manchester High School teaching Biology and Media/Communications. Referred to by many as one of their favorite teachers, JB developed an unwavering loyalty to Manchester sports and was a fixture on the sidelines every Friday night with a clipboard or camera in hand. His love for his students carried him across many generations, eventually working with the grandchildren of his original students.

His creativity and love for people spurred him further into communications, filmmaking and social justice causes as he worked on documentaries and film sets. It was through this experience that he learned his special “filmmaker’s” handshake and grew his social media following on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

His top priority, however, was caring for his family including providing patient and compassionate care to his wife of 49 years, Norma (Shahan) Biss throughout her battle with Alzheimer’s disease (deceased in 2009). Together they wrangled 3 sons and a daughter through life with a focus on faith, adventure and fun. Life at the Biss household was unlike any other… with elaborate and unusual birthday parties, made up games and late night shenanigans.

The one constant in JB’s life was his love for the Lord and desire to show that love to others. Seen by many as a father figure, he prayed daily for his family, students and friends. During each “evening” run, he carried and read through his handmade scripture memory cards.

Carrying on his legacy are his children, Todd (Kris), Marc (Holly), Jon and Julie. It was important to him that each of his 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and extended family all understand the love Jesus has for them and God’s faithfulness through both good and difficult times.

His home-going will leave an enormous void, but we do not grieve as those without hope. (1 Thess. 4:13)

We love you Dad, JB, Pops, Jim, Jimmy, Mr. Biss, JimmyBop

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at Dueber United Methodist Church, 645 Dueber Ave. SW Canton, Ohio 44706. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to

YoungLife Stark County (OH26) giving.younglife.org

or Samaritan’s Purse samaritanspurse.org.

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I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father.

Francine Hamric Jul 23 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Biss Family: May the Lord hold you close as you remember and celebrate Jim's life.

Mallory Davis Jul 23 2018 12:00 AM

Prayers and love to your family. Jim was exactly as you stated, Todd, a lover of Jesus and wanted to make sure others knew him and also a man of fun! I have fond memories of your family visiting us in Erie, and us visiting your family! What a wonderful time of praising the Lord and fun! Still making your mom's lasagna recipe! How blessed all of us are who got to share time with both of them!
Love, Angie (Hutsell) Kress

Angie Kress Jul 21 2018 12:00 AM

Our condolences to the Biss family...Tom and I have many fond memories of Mr. Biss..he made our educational experience very special......incredible heartfelt man....God Bless.....

Leslie Devol Jul 21 2018 12:00 AM

In the 1960's He was one of my teachers, He knew I was a rebel but he treated me like a friend. I never forgot his kindness and he and I remained friends throughout the years. He was a great inspiration on my life and I will keep his memory alive in my heart as long as I live. My God embrace you Jim for all you did to forum young minds. R.I.P

David Cutting Jul 20 2018 12:00 AM

Todd and extended friends and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

Kim Smith Jul 20 2018 12:00 AM

Condolences to the Biss family. I first met Jim when we were founding members of the Campus Christian Fellowship at the University of Akron. Little did I know that our paths would converge again as teachers in the Manchester Schools. I have so much respect for him.

Betsy Anderson Jul 20 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers are for you at this difficult time. Even though we miss the ones we love, we know we will see them again in heaven and what a glorious day that will be. Until then we can find peace in knowing that they are in such a beautiful place with Jesus.

Sheryl (Miller) Oberschlake Jul 20 2018 12:00 AM

I met the Biss men while working at Sam's Club. I was guaranteed a hug every time Jim came in. My children have enjoyed the science experiments he suggested. God puts special people in your life and Jim was one of them.

Kim Adey Jul 20 2018 12:00 AM

You will be in our thoughts and prayers this day. May our Father in heaven watch over you and comfort you this day.
We hope the following verse reminds you of the love that Christ has for us and the reassurance of our salvation for those who give their hearts and lives in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ- God's Son.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

The Staff of Bacher Funeral Home Jul 19 2018 12:00 AM

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