Our Sympathies to the Pycraft Family

Our Sympathies to the Pycraft Family

We extend our hearts and deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jim Pycraft.


James C. Pycraft Sr, "Coach Py", "Big Jim", "Papa", passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on October 8, 2021. He fought a hard battle with colorectal cancer.

Jim was born in Elyria, Ohio to Patricia and the late Richard Pycraft. He grew up in Avon Lake, Oh and graduated from Avon Lake High School in 1978.

Jim was a cabinet maker by trade, beginning his career at Rhodes Cabinet Shop in Avon Lake. In 1984 he opened his own cabinet shop, "Jim's Custom Kitchens" in Lagrange, Oh, with his wife Donna. They worked side by side for 32 years and provided extraordinary service and product to their customers. Following retirement, Jim focused on his passion for gardening and opened "Pycraft Farm Market". He provided fruits and vegetables road side to the local community, including community outreach programs and several donations.

Jim began coaching wrestling when his boys were old enough to enjoy the sport. He coached Keystone's jr. high wrestling in Lagrange, Oh since 1994. In 1998, he built a barn at his home that was used to train youth wrestlers, parterning with Ron and Eric Burnett. It was known as "All American Wrestling Club", or lovingly as "The Barn".  He built many friendships and was very loved by the wrestling community, known for his integrity, hardwork and dedication.

God had a significant purpose and plan for Jim's life, and God was able to show himself through Jim's life multiple times. In 1975, Jim was placing a two way radio between his house and the next door neighbor's home. He fell, and was electrocuted by 5,400 volts for 90 minutes. It was a miracle he lived through this accident, he endured life long injuries as a result. He was told he would never walk, and never be able to have children. God had different plans for Jim. In 2019, Jim was diagnosed with colotectal cancer, giving him 4 months to live. Jim went on to live over two years following his initial diagnosis.

 Jim's relationship with God was very important to him, he was a member of First Baptist Lagrange. Jim served as a youth leader at Abbe Rd. Baptist Church for several years alongside his wife, Donna. Jim wanted everyone to know his God and be able to see them again in Heaven.

He is survived by his highschool sweetheart and wife, Donna (Sisson) of 41 years. Sisters, Joyce D. (Kirk) Wesselink, Debi (Rick) Schafrick; brothers, Robert (Bette) Pycraft, Thomas (Karen) Pycraft. Daughter Jeannine M. Adam Bohach, John C. Jeanette (Stallings) Pycraft, James C. Jr. Anna (Seman) Pycraft. Six grandchildren, James, Jack, Callie, Tyler, Trevor and Mason. He was an honorary grandfather to two girls, Bristol Foster and Ruby Csongei.

Friends may call Tuesday, 10.12.2021 from 2-7pm. Service will be held at First Baptist Lagrange at 7pm.