James Calderhead

August 04, 1925 ‒ April 18, 2005

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: James “Jim” Calderhead, 79, of Mansfield-Lucas Road, Mansfield, died Monday afternoon April 18, 2005 in Woodlawn Health Care and Rehabilitation following a long illness.

He was born August 4, 1925 in Larkhall, Scotland, to David and Agnes (MacFarlan) Calderhead, and came to this country in June of 1931 aboard the steamship Cameronia through New York City.

He settled in the Mansfield area in 1940, which would become his lifelong home, and attended Mansfield Schools.

On September 8, 1943 he enlisted with the U.S. Army, and served with Company 1, 502nd Parachute Infantry in battle campaigns including Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He was decorated with the European Mediterranean Service Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, Victory Medal and the Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

On December 18, 1950, Jim accepted a position with Gorman-Rupp in Mansfield, retiring early in April of 1986 as supervisor over production of a parts line.

He had served as an elder and Sunday school teacher of a boy’s class for the former Lincoln Heights Gospel Chapel, and more recently attended Grace Evangelical Free Church, which meets in the same location.

Jim enjoyed fishing and golfing, but he really enjoyed working around, and maintaining his home, yard and garden.

Jim will be remembered for his keen sense of humor, a deep character trait of caring for others, and a fervent faith in the Lord.

He is survived by his wife Lola J. (Bemiller) Calderhead, whom he married June 27, 1948; their children and their spouses Linda and Les Campbell of Galena, J. Mark and Judy Calderhead of Lexington, and Scott and Donna Calderhead of Mansfield; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a sister and brother-in-law Betty and Paul Hoffman of Mansfield, a brother David Calderhead of Mansfield, a sister and brother-in-law Anna and William Cunningham of Houston, Texas; a brother-in-law Lee Bemiller of Fredericktown; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, April 21, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Friday at 11 am. Pastor Denny Nezrick will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to Richland Newhope or Southern Care Hospice may be made at the funeral home.