James Ivan Dally

June 07, 1925 ‒ December 05, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James Ivan Dally, age 94, of Howard, Ohio passed away on Thursday, December 05, 2019 at Brookdale Mount Vernon.  He was born on June 7, 1925 in Clarksburg, WV, son of the late Harry and Ava (White) Dally.

James, at an early age, traveled with Big Bands throughout the country playing the trumpet.  His professional career began as a Floor Manager at a department store in Zanesville.  He later became Assistant Manager of the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce, then went to Mount Vernon as the manager of Chamber of Commerce and Area Development Foundation.  While in Mount Vernon, The Nazarene College was secured and the Industrial Park was developed with Wenco being the first tenant.  Mount Vernon received the Look Magazine All American City Award.  James also became the Executive Director of the Central Canton Downtown Development Corporation, first manager of Roscoe Village, President of the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the Fairmont, WV Chamber of Development Group.  He was a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and served as Chairman of the Ohio Travel Bureau.  He was named Commodore by former Governor James A. Rhodes.  James was also involved in the piano business for over 20 years.

James is survived by his daughters, Jamie Miller of Mayfield Heights, OH, Janet Humphrey of Byesville, OH, Jewel (David) Porter of Mount Vernon, OH, and Jennifer Idley of Plano, TX; grandchildren Todd (Teresa) Miller, Lindsay Miller, Troy Wollenberg, Dustin Wollenberg, Megan Porter, and Jasmine Idley; great grandchildren Iris Miller, Nadia Miller, Natalie Harris, Layne Kuhlman, and Gage Kuhlman.

James was preceded in death by his wife, of over 56 years, Leona (McClure) Dally in 2002; his daughter Lisa Jane Dally; his brother Ivan Dally; and his sisters Helen Post and Betty Billingsley.

A private graveside service will take place in Zanesville Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James Ivan Dally.


  • I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Dave, & Megan. Much love, Marcia