James Leavell Mock

November 22, 1938 ‒ June 28, 2017

Johnsville, Ohio

JOHNSVILLE: James L. Mock passed away Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at his Johnsville home following a sudden illness. He was 78.

He was born November 22, 1938 in Columbus to parents Leonard & Jane (Leavell) Mock and was later adopted by Roland Jaynes. He graduated from Johnsville High School with the class of 1956. Jim joined the US Marine Corps after graduation. In 1966 he volunteered for Vietnam. On December 23, 1963 he married Hatsuko Kamizato in Okinawa and they enjoyed 47 years together until she passed away in 2010.

Jim was a welder by trade and was proud of his work. He had a deep friendship with the Amish community and enjoyed transporting them. He will be remembered as an avid reader and a master storyteller with equal parts good memory and big imagination.

He is survived by his children (& spouses) Etsuko & Tony Bailey of Pitts, GA, Michiko Fidler of Mansfield, Sharon Kay and Kenji Ariishi of Columbus, IN; grandchildren Sanya, Ryan, Maranda, John, Sayre, and Kaito; four great grandchildren; siblings Martha Steelesmith of New Albany, David & Judy Mock of Crestline, and Pat & Forest Foust of Lexington; along with nieces and nephews.

In addition to his loving wife Hatsuko, Jim was preceded in death by daughter Lisa Marie Mock, his parents, and a nephew Michael Mock.

Friends may call Monday, July 3, 2017 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Rev. Karen Wagenhals officiating and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

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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  • We knew Jim from the lexington VFW always enjoyed listening to his stories .Thank you for your service to our country RIP my friend. Terry & Linda Hammond

  • Dear Mock family. I am so sorry to have read of the death of James. Please accept my sincere condolences. I would like to share something that I have personally found to be comforting. It is found in the Bible at John 5:28, 29 and Revelation 21:4. These verses tell us that soon God is going to bring about a resurrection of our dear loved ones as well as do away with all causes we have for suffering, including sickness and death. Knowing this has always comforted me and it is my hope that these thoughts will comfort your family also.

    • That’s awesome, Michael. Thank you. The Bible has a resounding impact at times like these.

  • Jim…. wish you would have stopped by that one last time to visit, as we planned. My heart aches. Tom, the kids, and myself, will miss you beyond words. I hope you are reading this from heaven; I can always use an extra angel, ya know. Please enjoy your reunion with your wife, finally.
    We all love you.
    Tom and Anne and the Fidler kids.

  • Semper Fi my friend. Jim and my dad drove truck together. As life went on it became his mechanic. Proud to have known this man. He was one of the reasons I choose to join the Corp.

  • Sharon ~
    So sorry to hear about your daddy. He will be missed by all of Johnsville!
    I will keep y’all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss to all of Jim’s family. He was a great classmate, and good friend. Spent good times with Jim back in our high school days, will never forget him.

  • Sharon, I would love to see you but will be unable to attend calling hours for your father. So sorry for your loss.