AUSTINTOWN - James M. “Jim” Guilkey, 40, passed away peacefully in his sleep of natural causes early Saturday morning, Jan. 19, 2019, at his home.
James was born July 10, 1978, in Youngstown, a son of Charles and Janet Thomas Wilhelm, and lived his entire life in this area.
He was a 1996 graduate of Chaney High School and worked for the family-owned business, Chuck’s Auto Wrecking on Waverly Avenue in Youngstown for more than 25 years.
Jim was a member of the Saxon Club and of Wick Lodge F&AM, No. 481. He loved watching football, and was a big fan of the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes. He also enjoyed barbequing, auctions, and gun shows.
He is survived by his wife, Tiffany Harris Guilkey, whom he married Nov. 26, 2011; two sons, James R. Guilkey of Youngstown and Tristen Ramer of Austintown; his mother, Janet Wilhelm of Poland; two sisters, Holly and Haley Wilhelm, each of Youngstown; his grandmother, Martha Thomas of Austintown; his mother-in-law, Vicki Fairbanks; his father-in-law, Dee Jay Harris; and many extended family members.
A brother, Chuckie Wilhelm; his father, Charles Wilhelm; and his grandfather, George Thomas, are deceased.
Family and friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road, Youngstown, where a Masonic service will take place at 6:45 p.m.
All are welcome to attend funeral services, Friday, Jan. 25, which will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Committal services will follow the services at the funeral home, and will be at Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Austintown.
Jim would like everyone to know that the scrap price for cars is $155 per gross ton, and that No. 1 copper is $2.10 per lb.