HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - James R. Izant II, 55, died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., after a long illness.
Mr. Izant was born Aug. 7, 1958, in Warren, the son of the late Robert T. Izant II and Ann Hunter Izant.
James was a graduate of Youngstown State University.
He was retired as the vice president of the Trumbull Savings and Loan Company, where he also served on the board of directors. He also served on the board of directors of Second Bancorp and formerly worked at Second National Bank.
While residing in Hilton Head since 2000, he was a private investor and philanthropist.
He was a member of St. Andrews by the Sea United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher.
He was a past president of the Porsche Club of the Coastal Empire Region, board member of Christian World Adoption and The Curry Foundation, and was a driving instructor for the Porsche Club of America.
While in Warren, he was active with the Trumbull Art Gallery, Trumbull County Historical Society, Rebecca Williams United Methodist Community Center, Warren Area Jaycees, Warren Buckeye Club and the Trumbull Country Club.
He enjoyed boating, family genealogy, history, music concerts and attending Daytona with his son. He was dedicated to his family and loved spending time with them.
Jim was known for his huge smile, humor and generosity. He genuinely cared for and made friends with people from all walks of life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Natalie Schoch Izant; son, Robert T. Izant III, who is attending Winthrop College; daughter, Chloe J. Izant of Hilton Head; siblings, Elizabeth (Kent Mueller) Izant of Denver, Holly (Matthew) Izant-McSharry of Riverside, Conn., and Phyllis (David McInturff) Izant of Tacoma, Wash.; and mother-in-law, Sandy Schoch of Hilton Head Island.
Per Jim's request, an informal celebration was held Nov. 1 at the Indigo Hall in Indigo Run, Hilton Head.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Andrews by the Sea United Methodist Church, Hilton Head, with the Rev. Neil Young officiating and under the direction of Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton, and assisting is McFarland & Son Funeral Home in Warren.
Final services and burial will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McFarland and Son Funeral Home in Warren, with Pastor Rick Oaks officiating. Jim's family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. prior to the services.
Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Warren.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation for the Izant Family Foundation Scholarship at the MUSC College of Nursing, MUSC Foundation Office, 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425 or www.musc.edu/giving or to Hilton Head Heros, PO Box 6689, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938.
Services are entrusted to the McFarland and Son Funeral Services Co., 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481.
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