James (Jim) Robert Peterson, 79, of Elyria, OH passed away on January 29 surrounded by his daughters and granddaughters.
Jim was born in Toledo, Ohio and went to Central Catholic where he excelled in sportsmanship and was an outstanding baseball player. He was drafted to the Cleveland Indians right out of high school but chose to pursue a college career at Kent State University where he continued to play baseball.
He is survived by five siblings and had three daughters, Ellen (Ralph) Geiger of Avon, Ohio, Sharon Peterson of Westlake, Ohio, and Marie (Mike) Lark of North Royalton, Ohio.
Jim was a devoted grandfather to his granddaughters, Hannah Geiger and Ashley (Ryan) Thoman. He received the opportunity of becoming a great grandfather in December of 2018 with 2 great grandbabies currently on the way.
A private memorial will be held by his family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He will be greatly missed.