James F. Blubaugh

January 11, 1926 ‒ January 15, 2016

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James F. Blubaugh, age 90, of Mount Vernon passed away Friday, January 15, 2016 at the Brookdale of Mount Vernon. He was born on January 11, 1926 in Danville to the late Juluis M. and Agatha (Butts) Blubaugh.

Jim was a graduate of Danville High School and after graduation he honorably served his country in the Army during WWII.  In 1970, Jim founded Blubaugh Body and Frame Service.  He was a member of Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Council 910 Danville, the VFW, American Legion and the Elks.  In his spare time, Jim enjoyed boating, golfing, wood working and spending time with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Kathleen “Katie” (Frye) Blubaugh, whom he married on October 30, 1947; daughters, Anne (Kevin) Costello of Dublin, Rosemary “Rosie” Strahler of Lewis Center and Eileen (John) Parent of Naperville IL; sons, Richard “Rick” (Dalis) Blubaugh of Kissimmee, FL, Louis (Rebecca) Blubaugh of Mount Vernon and Gregory (Linda) Blubaugh of Mount Vernon; 25 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren; sister, Polly Gardner of Danville; brother, Raymond (Pat) Blubaugh of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Brian J. Blubaugh; grandson, Jason P. Blubaugh; and sisters, Evelyn Shults and Dorothy Higgins.

The family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 East High St., Mount Vernon.  The Rosary will be recited following the evening visitation.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church with Rev. Father Homer Blubaugh as the Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., Columbus, Ohio 43229.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James F. Blubaugh.


  • I wish to send my sympathies to your family. I met Jim and his sons when I was a hostess at Dogwood Inn. They were always so polite and funny, it was a pleasure to see and serve them. I’m sure he will be missed . Yet he lived a long good life. My prayers are with you at this sad time. Sincerely,
    Mabel Weller

  • Please accept our sympathy at the loss of Jim. We’ll be praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

  • Though we know Jim is in a better place, we were sorry to hear of his passing.
    Know that we are thinking about and praying for all the Blubaugh family.

  • I’ve known the Blubaugh family most of my life. My dad, James G Hughes, was a business associate and friend of Jim and Katie. In a word, this man epitomized the word ‘gentleman’. I know he will be sorely missed by his family and their many friends. God be with you in your time of sorrow and in joyful celebration of a wonderful life!
    Cathy Hughes Gough

  • My sincere sympathy goes out to the entire Blubaugh family. I have many fond memories of the times spent with you all.

  • Ours thoughts & prayers are with your family. God’s peace to you. Sincerely, Dan & Sue Cochran

  • Louis and Greg I have not seen you in a long time, I am sincerely sorry
    to hear about your loss.. no matter how old we are it is always hard to
    lose your Dad. My condolences to you and all of your family,
    sincerely, Sam Lewis

  • My thoughts and prayers to you and your family in this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss, but take comfort in the fact that he is in a better place.
    Love, Becky

  • Our sincere sympathy & condolences to his family & dear friends. He lives on through you all. Cherish the wonderful memories.

  • Louis and Greg -My condolences goes out to you and your entire family.
    My bowling career began with Jim and Dean Conger in the industrial league.
    Many good memories.
    Jim Smith

  • So sorry for your loss. Jim was such a friendly person and so easy to talk with. He always had time to just be a friend even when conducting business.

  • Ann, Louis, Greg and Rick et. al I have not seen most of you since we were all much younger but I used to play cards with your mom, dad, Jack and Harriet and my wife Anne. We always had such a great time. You have my sincerest sympathy for your dad’s passing. He will be missed by so many.

  • We have known Jim & Katie through Kevin & Anne and heard the tales of Jim’s life well lived. We have seen his beautiful wood working creations and laughed at stories from the body shop. Our prayers are with you all today as you celebrate a man who left a legacy for so many.