Stark Football Hall of Famer Jim Bachtel dies at 85

FridayNightOhio.com staff report
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017
Jim Bachtel and is wife Elaine at his enshrinement into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame at Skyland Pines on July 10, 2015. (FridayNightOhio.com / Scott Heckel)<br /><div id="dfp-300x250" style="float:right;"><script type="text/javascript">googletag.display("dfp-300x250");</script></div>
Jim Bachtel and is wife Elaine at his enshrinement into the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame at Skyland Pines on July 10, 2015. (FridayNightOhio.com / Scott Heckel)


Jim Bachtel, a member of the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame, died June 29 in Youngstown. He was 85.

Bachtel starred as a two-way tackle at Lincoln High School from 1947-49, earning All-Stark County honors twice. He was selected third team All-Ohio his senior year. He was chosen as The Canton Repository Stark County Player of the Year in 1949 despite his team winning just one game.

He continued his football career at Syracuse University under legendary coach Ben Schwartzwalder. He eventually settled in Canfield, but kept strong ties to Canton.

Bachtel was a charter member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club in 1963 and later became the organization's president.

He was enshrined in the Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame in 2015. That July, in a profile in the Repository, Bachtel said, "How in heaven's name I got any recognition back then I don't know. It was beyond me then, and it's beyond me now."

"I didn't consider myself all-county or All-Ohio. I just enjoyed doing what I did then."

Bachtel preceded his wife, Elaine, in death by two days. They were married 58 years. They are survived by three children — sons Mike and James, and daughter Martha — 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.