Obituary for Earl F. James “Bud”

Written by on January 27, 2022

Earl F. James “Bud” age 79 of Kenton, Ohio passed away January 21, 2022 at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Earl was born in Belle Center on August 15, 1942 to the late John Lemuel and Mamie Elizabeth (Groves) James. He married Jackie (Jones) the love of his life on September 15, 1963 and she survives.

Earl “Bud” is survived by one daughter, Deborah Kay Mahler (Brian), of Marion, Ohio, one son, Christopher Earl James (Staci) of Ridgeway, Ohio. He was graced with 4 grandchildren, Jordan Hurst, of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Wyatt James, of Kenton, Ohio, Carson James, and Lily James both of Ridgeway, Ohio. There were many nieces and nephews as well that were truly a blessing to Bud as well.  He is also survived by two sisters Helen (Doug) Thompson of Bellefontaine, Ohio, Norma Jean (Karl) Stanbro of Franklinville, N.Y. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, John Lemuel James, Mamie Elizabeth James, sister Mildred (John) Hill, sister Ruth (Earl) Akers, and brother Richard (Sybil) James.

Earl spent three years in Hawaii serving his country in the United States Navy from 1960-1963. Upon his discharge he returned to Ohio and worked for Bryon Electric, International Car, Broderick Co, and ended his career at Imperial Paper Co.  He did work part time for something to do later in life at Blossom Gallery. 

Bud was a member of First Christian Church of Christ, Kenton Elks Lodge 157, Eastern Star, Kenton Masonic Temple and The Kenton Shriners.

He was the type of man who never knew how to say no to anyone. He was the hardest working man and the best friend anyone could ever ask for. He is going to be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He enjoyed working and loved tinkering in his workshop.

He was an amazing Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle, Friend that anyone could ever want.  He never missed a game that his kids or grandchildren played or participated in if he could help it.  Fly high until we meet again.

Visitation for Bud is planned for Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm with a memorial service at 12:00 pm conducted by Minister John James. Service will be held at the Price-McElroy Funeral Home located at 123 N Main, Kenton, Ohio 43326.  There will be a lunch following the service at the Masonic Lodge. All are invited to attend.  His remains will be committed at Fairview Cemetery, Belle Center at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Not By Choice Outreach, Shriners Hospitals or charity of choice.

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