James “Jim” W. Underwood
December 22, 1950 ‒ September 12, 2016
James “Jim” W. Underwood, a proud resident of Lexington, passed away, at his home surrounded by his loving family, Monday, September 12, 2016.
Jim was born December 22, 1950 to Richard and Rita (Newcomer) Underwood in Mansfield. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School until 8th grade, where he then attended and graduated from Crestview High School. Jim played football and basketball, and baseball at Crestview.
Jim attended Ohio Northern University, NCTC, and received his Bachelors Degree in Business, from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University.
While working at Therm-O-Disc, Jim met a beautiful young lady named Deborah R. Harpster and the pair later married on December 27, 1974.
Jim had two loves in life… his family and his country. He fought like hell until the end to love, protect, and defend them both. Jim spent more than half of his life defending his county. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he spent 3 years until being transferred to the U.S. Air National Guard, and the Ohio Air Guard. He retired as Lt. Col. and Commander of Logistics Readiness Squadron at Mansfield Lahm, after 35 ½ years.
Jim was a member of the Starcraft Camping Club and made outstanding and lifelong friends. Jim loved his camping family, and cherished every moment that he could spend with them. In August, just after Jims last treatment, he was strong enough to enjoy the week at the River Run Campground, with his family and closest of camping friends. He had an absolutely wonderful time.
Jim was a lifetime member of the AMVETS Post 26 and served as a trustee at the Elks Lodge 2554. The Elks was a second home to Jim and loved his family there so much.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years Deborah R. Underwood; daughters Erin Rue Underwood and Dana (Joe) Thornton; granddaughters Eyan Underwood, Lilli Thornton, and Kylie Thornton; sisters Judy Frederick (Amanda & Eric), Jackie (George) Ullrich (Stacia & Suzie); father-in-law Edward Harpster; sister-in-law Dolores (Chad) Jones, their children Brandon, Brian (Courtney), and Kevin; adopted son Jarrod Strouth.
In addition to his parents, Jim is preceded in death by his mother-in-law Lillian (Reel) Harpster.
Thanks to Hospice, Dr. Ghany and the awesome nurses at Avita Specialist Unit at Galion Hospital, and to our family and friends that helped and supported Jim and his family through this most difficult time.
Jim’s family will receive friends on Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 12- 3 p.m. at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, with an Elk’s ceremony and Military Honors to follow. His family asks that family and friends come prepared to write a memory in Jim’s honor.
Contributions in Jim’s memory to Richland County Humane Society or the Elks National Foundation may be made at the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Jim’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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