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James Yonally

November 8, 2022


James F. Yonally, age 93, of North Canton and formerly Hudson and Wilmot, Ohio, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2022. He was surrounded by his loving family. Jim was a graduate of Hoover High School, Muskingum College, Case Western Reserve, and The Ohio State University. He and his beloved wife Dorie had been married 71 years, and have been long time members of the Chapel in North Canton. Always encouraging and supportive, Jim was a loving and devoted husband and father, and a man of deep faith in Jesus Christ. A proud Navy veteran who served during the Korean War, he was also a generous supporter of worthy and important organizations, holding leadership positions in Rotary International, Young Life, the Stark County Dental Society, the Malone College board of trustees and the North Canton School Board, among others.

Jim led a happy and blessed life, and loved traveling the world with Dorie, visiting South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other destinations. Caring for people absolutely defined him as a man.  Whether it be over the 50 years in his nearly legendary dental practice, or just giving a kind word to a struggling soul on the street, the lives he touched and blessed are impossible to number.

Jim is survived by his wife Dorie, and their four children, Jill Archer, Jane Eck, Joy Pyles, and Matt Yonally. He never missed a moment he could spend with his 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, whom he counted among his greatest blessings. He also leaves behind his two sisters, Cynthia Hanscom and Virginia Maharry.

A small family service was held at North Canton Cemetery, a public celebration of life to be held early next year.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to

The North Canton Chapel,

715 Whittier Ave., Northwest, North Canton, Ohio 44720

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