James Michael Monahan

April 06, 1946 ‒ June 01, 2014

Mount Vernon, Ohio

James Michael Monahan, age 68, of Fearn Ave., Mount Vernon, passed away on Saturday, May 31, 2014. He was born on April 6, 1946 in Xenia, Ohio to James Daniel Monahan and Virginia (Williams) Meckstroth. Jim served in the United States Army during Vietnam.   He was a lifelong carpenter and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson in his free time. Known as “Uncle Fun” to many, Jim was always looking forward to a gathering with his family or friends.

He is survived by his mother, his children, Jeff (Nichole) Monahan of Mount Vernon, J.D. (Nicole) Monahan of Loudonville, three grandchildren, Nicholas Monahan, Darrin Michael Monahan and Auston Monahan, a brother, Rick (Diane Meyer) Monahan of Mount Vernon, twin sister, Judy Whetsel of Mount Vernon, step sisters, Peggy Monahan Jackson and Abby Monahan Alford both of Wilmington, Ohio.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his step father, Wilson Meckstroth.

Friends may call on Friday, June 6, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council will be held at 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Knox County dog pound.

To view this obituary or leave the family a private condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James Michael Monahan.

  • I would like to express my sympathies to Jimmy’s family. You will be in my prayers.

  • Jimmy was a special and life-long friend. We are saddened at his passing and send our love and condolences to his family.

  • “Uncle Fun” was my Uncle Jimmy and I was fortunate to have him in my life. Thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends during this difficult time. Much love to J.D., Jeff, and your families. I look forward to seeing you on Friday. -Kindra

  • My sympathies and prayers to the family and all those that were close to Jim. He was a friend and fellow student at MVA 50 years ago. A good man with a warm smile and a caring spirit. I’m saddened to hear of his death.

  • “Lie softly there, rest, rest. Your fight is over, rest in peace.”

    Jimmy was a classmate, a friend and a veteran.

    Like all Irishmen, he heard the pipes too soon. May the flowers at his grave remind us all, that life is short and memories are sweet. He has departed, but he is not forgotten.

    My sincere condolence to his family, especially to his mother, sister, brother and friends. May God grant you peace and understanding in the hours of your loss.

    “Wait for me old friend … for I am never far behind you. Go on ahead to find a quiet place to rest. For I am never far behind you.”

    R.C. Cline, June 2, 2014.

  • I would like to offer my condolences to the entire Monahan family. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I know first hand that it is not easy to lose a parent. I pray that God will give you peace that passes understanding.

    While I will not be there on Friday, I will be there in spirit.

    All my love,


  • My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the “Monahan Clan”. Jimmy was a force of his own. So many memories to reflect upon…… Rest In Peace, my friend!

  • Dear Ricky, We are so sorry to hear the news about Jim! Our hearts go out to you and all of your family. Jim was a great guy and fun to be around! Hope you find comfort and peace during this difficult time! Jesus can give that to you, all by just asking him to, we love you dear friend! Andy Harb & Brenda Them

    • Rick My heart goes out to you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with u all.

  • Wish he would have come to the class reunion to give me one more bear hug and a big hearty laugh. My deepest sympathy to the Monahan and Meckstroth family and friends.

  • So saddened to hear of Jims passing. Virginia, Rick and family may the Lord comfort you in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you all. Terry & Pam Hissong

  • Thank you for serving and protecting our country and our freedom, Jim. “Pinky” will never forget you. Ride that green Mack I all over heaven!

  • I am so very sorry on the passing of Jim. Randy (Clements) and I spent a lot of time at his home when he and Rhonda were married. It was a while back~~like 25-30 years ! JD and Jeff~~I don’t know if you remember us; you weren’t too old @ the time. We came down from near Cleveland and spent many a weekend @ your house . I remember your dogs, Dushka and Buck, and we had a Golden Retriever named Sundance. Randy passed in 2001. He and Jim were good friends. I also remember your beautiful horse, Socks. Judy, it’s been years since I’ve seen you, too!

    I will be unable to attend services but I will be with you in thought and spirit. We are actually having a Memorial Service for my Aunt Lois Allerding this weekend and a Mass on Sunday. Randy will be glad to see Jim come through the “pearly” gates and I’m sure they will have a great reunion party! We will see them again. God Bless.


  • To everyone’s Thoughts and prayers thank you very much for the kind words Jeff Monahan

  • Ah, Jimmy….Lots of memories. Rick, Judy, Shauna; wishing all of you nothing but the best memories and happiest of times to remember. Be well.

  • I recall Jim from my days at the VI in Gambier, but poor Jim, I had him convinced we had a wild night together & I was crushed that he didn’t remember. ( it NEVER happened ) he tried so hard to remember, and every time I saw him after wards he would say I remember you, I do, really!! He was a great guy, lot’s of fun, and such a tender heart. My condolences to his family and friends. Jimmy will be missed by many. The sunshine got a little dimmer May 31,2014.

  • To Rick and family – so sorry for your loss and at such a young age. Thinking of you at this time.

    Bonnie Shaffer Rebman and Doug Rebman

  • We were so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. Too young. He certainly could make you smile. All of the family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Any time I think of Jimmy it always brings a smile to my face, and I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
    My sympathies and prayers go out to his family.

  • Rick and Family,
    So sorry to read about Jimmy. Upon learning the news,
    we said a prayer or two, had a drink or two, even had a dance or two.
    Your family are a chapter in anyone’s lives who have come to know you.
    Thinking of Jimmy and those gone before will always bring happy thoughts.
    May God’s Peace that passes all understanding be with you and your family at this time.
    From Mike Corrigan and Family

  • Rest in peace my dear friend. You left us but we always have our memories. Love you always. Prayers and peace to The Monahan Family & Friends.

  • You will always be my Uncle Jimmy and I will miss you. Thoughts and prayers to your family. You will be missed my friend… Peace…

  • I have been away a lot these past few months and just recently heard about Jimmy’s passing. I was very saddened to hear it, and send my condolences to his family and friends. Jimmy was a great guy, a true force in many peoples’ lives, and will be sorely missed. I will never forget some of the carpentry tips he taught me when I was the mere gopher trying to help (and trying to stay out of the way) when Jimmy and Donnie Mechstroth and under Wilson Mechstroth’s good guidance were building my dad’s Apple Valley place. Jimmy and Donnie were the real carpenters doing the real work there. Jimmy also always had great “tips” regarding how to relax well after a hard day’s work.
    Love ya Bro!