James B. “Jimmy” Kidd

October 14, 1951 ‒ October 12, 2015

Marengo, Ohio

James B. “Jimmy” Kidd, age 63, of Marengo, passed away Monday morning, October 12, 2015, at the Grant Medical Center in Columbus.

On October 14, 1951, Jimmy was born in Charleston, WV, the son of Phyllis (Hudson) Kidd and the late Shelby Kidd.

A Vietnam veteran, Jimmy proudly served his country in the United States Navy on the JFK.  He was a former member of AmVets 87 in Mount Gilead.

On July 1, 1989, Jimmy married his soulmate, Debra J. Nolan at their home in Marengo.  They have cherished the last 26 years as husband and wife; enjoying numerous road trips, yard sales, and precious time spent with family and friends.

For many years he was employed by Hance Corp. in Westerville as a machinist, welder and fabricator.  He fabricated many steel projects throughout the years including a cross on Mt. Carmel West Hospital and also helped with the Gorilla Villa at the Columbus Zoo.  He had a good imagination and found ways to create everything he thought of.

In his spare time, Jimmy enjoyed hunting in Jackson, OH and fishing in his boat on Knox Lake.  He also liked reading mystery novels and tinkering in his home away from home, the garage.

Jimmy just plain enjoyed life.  He was laid back and always generous, helping anyone he could.  He was an absolutely amazing husband, dad, and Pop Pop.

Jimmy will be dearly missed by his wife, Debbie, of Marengo; a son, Jamie Kidd of Marengo; three daughters: Katrina Bobo of Marengo, Mollie Kidd of Johnsville, Samantha (Paul Jr.) McKnight of Caledonia; 9 grandchildren: Justen, Layne, Kaetie, Noah, Julianna, Madison, Christian, Hannah, Aidan; two great grandchildren: Logan and Lilyanna; his mother, Phyllis Kidd of Florida; a brother, Charlie; two sisters: Carolyn and Betty Jo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial services celebrating Jimmy’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Snyder Funeral Home Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead, with Pastor Jeff Deel officiating.  Services will conclude with military honors provided by the active duty U.S. Navy, VFW Post 8054, and AmVets Post 87.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jimmy’s family to assist with final expenses.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Jimmy’s family, and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • My condolences to the Kidd family. I served with Jimmy in the machine shop on the JFK. Jimmy and I went to “A” school together in San Diego and shared an apartment off base in 1971. I am so very sorry for your loss and sad to hear the news. I have thought of Jimmy often over the last 40+ years and especially through the last few weeks. Again so sorry for your loss.

  • Debbie & family. Jimmy will be missed. Always remember the good times he spent with all of you. I know that I will remember my time in Ohio and the fun we all shared when you both visited NY. Fondly remembered. Love to all.

  • Jim worked for me at the Hance Corp. He was an excellent mechanic and fabricator but more than any of that, he was a friend.