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A private family service led by Pastor Jay Anderson will be held at 2 pm on Friday, October 30, 2020 with livestream available at the Hill Funeral Home YouTube channel. A public memorial service will be scheduled for a later time

Dear Carol and Family,
Our deepest sympathies are extended at this very sad time. We were privileged to watch a beautiful and moving service.
I have such fond memories of the Westerville Cousins.
Wishing all of you God's blessings in the days to come.
With love and compassion. Jane and Fred

Jane and Fred Krautz

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Obituary for James Shackson

James Shackson 1939-2020

James Shackson

03/16/1939 - 10/25/2020

James Lee Shackson, 81, 3/16/39 - 10/25/20 Preceded in death by parents, Dr. L. Lee Shackson and Mary Elizabeth Martz Shackson.

Survived by wife of 57 years Carol Simmons Shackson, son Dr. James Shackson of Cincinnati (Dr. Catherine), daughter Laura Thomas of Denver (Jeffrey), and son Shannon Shackson of Westerville. Grandchildren: Dr. Joel Shackson, Brett Shackson, Tanner Thomas, Loghan Thomas, Hannah Shackson. Brother, Colonel USAF (retired) Charles William Shackson (Carmel). Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jim was born on March 16, 1939 in Columbus Ohio. He was a lifelong resident of Westerville beginning his life living in King Hall on the campus of Otterbein College where his mother and father served as head residents and had an apartment on the first floor as his father was professor of music at the time. He was a graduate of Westerville High School class of 1957 and Otterbein College, class of 1961, B.A. Math, B.S. Physics. He served as the President of his fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi (Country Club), and was active in the men’s glee club. It was due to the glee clubs at Otterbein that Jim met, and fell in love with, his future wife, Carol.

Jim served in the United States Air Force where he was sent to Stanford University and earned an MS in Statistics in 1963. Upon completion of his master’s program, he worked in the Unmanned Spacecraft Program as a mathematician in Santa Clara, California. After his service time, he returned to Westerville where he worked in the early days of computerization, eventually as Director of Information Systems for Columbus Children’s Hospital. He later provided IT consulting services with QuickSolutions in Columbus and finished out his professional career as Records Coordinator with Otterbein University.

Jim was a member of the Boy Scouts, during which time he enjoyed travels to the Philmont Scout Ranch in NM and ushered at OSU football games.

Jim was a lifelong member of Church of the Master, United Methodist, beginning his attendance from birth when the church was then United Brethren. As a college student he operated the radio at Otterbein for the church to broadcast services. He was a longtime choir member and frequent soloist.

He was active for many years in masonic organizations: Blendon Masonic Lodge #339 (Past Master, Knights Templar, Commandery), Order of the Eastern Star (Past Worthy Patron), and the Aladdin Shrine, serving as Band Secretary for many years.

Jim was a member of the North American/Rockwell Concert Band and later became a charter member of the Westerville Community Band, where he continued to play clarinet until 2018. He also served as treasurer for the Westerville South Instrumental Music Boosters in the 80’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Otterbein University, Division of Institutional Advancement, Shackson Memorial Music Education Endowed Award, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081. If giving online at please specify Shackson Memorial Fund.

A private family service led by Pastor Jay Anderson will be held at 2 pm, on Friday, October 30, 2020 with livestream available at

A public memorial service will be scheduled for a later time