James Franklin House

June 14, 1929 ‒ December 30, 2016

Marengo, Ohio

James Franklin “Jamie” House, 87, of Marengo, passed away Friday evening, December 30, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Marengo, Ohio on June 14, 1929 the son of the late Franklin and Grace (Burton) House.

James married Irma Faye Hart on September 4, 1948 in Greenup, Kentucky.  They were married for 67 years, and even in his 80’s he cared for her for nearly 5 years, up until her death on January 1, 2016.

James worked for over 30 years at PPG Industries in Mount Vernon, retiring as the maintenance supervisor in 1977 at the age of 49.  After retirement, he converted his father-in-law’s blacksmith shop into his mower repair shop.

As a younger man, James played softball in a local league.

He and Irma played Euchre with their group of friends.

He loved spending time outdoors going deer, rabbit, and squirrel hunting; fishing Lake Erie and other locations around Ohio; and going camping with Irma in their motor home, most notably, the Smokey Mountains and Lake Erie’s East Harbor.

James was a jack-of-all trades and whenever the family needed something repaired or built, he was the man to call.  In fact, James built his home by hand, accomplishing this feat while still working full time.

He will be remembered as a strong family man who was very kind and personable.

He is survived by his son: Gary House and his wife Carol of Marengo; daughter: Terri Young and her husband Larry of Marengo; grandchildren: Tricia Duncan, Todd (Amanda) Young, Bryn (Femi) Adeyanju, and Brittany House; 7 great grandchildren; his brother Gene of Mount Gilead; and sisters-in-law Janet House of Ostrander and Maxine Hart of Bonita Springs, Florida.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother Walter and his brother-in-law Dale Hart.

A private memorial service will take place at a later date.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Marengo is honored to serve the House family.

Contributions can be made to; Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2215 City Gate Drive, Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43219.

To share a fond memory of Jamie or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your father.
    With our deepest sympathy,
    Bob and Mary Ellen

  • We can all learn “the way to live” from Jamie. I will never forget his kindness to me. Live your live in peace, as I’m sure he did.


  • So sorry for your loss. Jamie and Irma Faye were great people. Loved hanging out with him in his shop when I was a teenager.

  • To Terry and Gary and Family: We are so sorry for your loss. Jamie was so nice, and was always smiling. He was a great man and Marengo has lost another fine man.

    Sincerely, Johnny and Judy Weaver

  • Please know that your entire family are in my thoughts & prayers. Your father was a very good man and will be missed by all those who knew him. God bless you all.

    Love, Judy & Tony DeIuliis

  • My deepest sympathy to Gary, Terry & their families. James was a sweet soft spoken gentleman. I always enjoyed waiting on him at the bank.

  • Terri, Gary and families,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

    Roger and Bonita Nauman

  • Terri, so sorry for your dad’s passing, he was always so kind to me when I would stay with you as classmates. Hugs




  • Teri and families. Heart felt sorrow to you all. Jami was such a nice guy . Always had a smile .

  • Gary , Terri and family,
    I’m so sorry about your Dad, he was a very special man and I have all fond memories of him.
    I will miss stopping to see both your parents when I would get to Ohio. Loved them and miss them both.
    Love Kathy 💜

  • Jamie was a very good man. I have lots of fond memories of him, especially while growing up. He will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  • Dear Terri & Gary. So sorry to hear of Jamie’s passing. He was always so sweet when he came in the store. He was truly a soft spoken inspirational man & caregiver.

  • Terri: We just learned of the passing of your father, Tom and I send our deepest condolences on his passing.