James R. “Jim” Daniels

January 21, 1951 ‒ April 23, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

James R. “Jim” Daniels, age 67, of Fredericktown passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018 at his home with his loving family by his side.

He was born on January 21, 1951 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Richard and Sarah (McConnell) Daniels. Jim was raised on his family’s farm in Gambier. He never knew a stranger and was known to have a wonderful laugh.  He was a 1969 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and also graduated from the Clark County Technical College in 1971.  He married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Hall, on June 4, 1972.  Jim worked in the Dairy Equipment Business for 20 years, Burch Hydro for 16 years, and the Village of Fredericktown for 13 years.

Jim was a member of the Green Valley United Methodist Church, Green Valley Tillers Farm Bureau Group, Knox County Fair Board for 28 years, Fredericktown Tomato Show Board, 4-H Advisor for 39 years, Fredericktown Fire Board member, 4-H Planning Committee, Jr. Fair Sales Committee, and the Zoning Appeals Committee for Wayne Township.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathryn (Hall) Daniels; his daughter Mandy (Josh) Havenar; his sons Ryan (Leigh) Daniels, Chet (Emily) Daniels; four grandchildren, Adam Daniels, Logan Daniels, Brayden Havenar, Trevor Havenar; and his sister Helen (Leck) McKee.

Friends may call on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at the Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown from 4-8PM. A service will be held on Friday, at the Grove Church of Christ (7740 Grove Church Rd. Gambier, Ohio 43022) beginning at 11AM with Rev. Carolyn and Ray Greene officiating.  Burial will follow at Union Grove Cemetery in Gambier.

In keeping with Jim’s wishes, the family would appreciate no flowers; however, memorial contributions may be made to: Jim Daniels Family 4-H Scholarship, 4-H Planning Committee, 160 Columbus Rd., P.O. Box 1268, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Friends and family are also encouraged to bring a John Deere toy tractor which will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer in honor of Jim’s buddy Tripp.

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

The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of James R. “Jim” Daniels.


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  • So sorry your family had to experience this. May God give you strength in this troubled time, light your way through the darkness and bring you comfort in this time of sadness.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. God be with you at this time and grant you peace. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Tony & Judy DeIuliis
    Mt. Vernon

  • Kathy & family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! The contributions he made on this earth are enormous.
    We keep you in our thoughts & prayers.
    Jennifer Kempton
    & family

  • Jim touched the lives of many youth in our community as not only a 4-H adviser, but an always present person in community events. You will be missed. Many thoughts and prayers for the family during this time.

  • Kathy and family,
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Jim was a great guy and fun to be around. He will be greatly missed.
    With sympathy,
    Raymond & Belinda

  • Kathy and family,
    You’ve been close in thoughts and prayers during Jim’s illness. May you feel the presence of many thoughts and prayers in the difficult days ahead.
    Deanna and Dallas Tackett

  • Ryan, Mandy and Chet,

    Although he wasn’t dad to me, your father was important to many people including myself. I will miss his wit, humor, and friendship.

  • Kathryn and family,

    So sorry for your loss, heaven has gained an awesome angel. I have so many great memories of Jim growing up. Memories that I will never forget. Extending my most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

  • Chet, Emily & family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. So sorry hear about the passing of your dad. Love Jan Lashley

  • I’m sorry that I never got to meet Jim but I’ve kept up on his many great times and recent tough times through his son who is my good friend. I’d like to think that I knew a part of Jim that is reflected in Chet. Jim and Kathryn raised a son that I’ve got enormous respect for, and that’s how I’ll remember Jim.

  • We are very sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was a wonderful man with a heart of gold and quite the sense of humor. Sending our prayers. BJ and Tomi Ward

  • Kathy and Family
    What can I say that others have not already said. I had such fun working with Jim on the Fair Board. We may not have always agreed on things but that is what made our special bond for a strong team. It was a honor knowing Jim and your family over the years. Thank you for letting me be apart of Jim’s life.

    Tammy Lahmon Coakley

  • Dear Kathy and Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Jim! I will miss seeing him when I visit the fair and other places around the community! He will be missed by so many; but especially by you and the kids! (((Hugs)))
    Mary Davis

  • Dear Kathy & Family,
    Special heartfelt prayers for a very special family. May peace be with you as you take this sad journey together. Remember he is at peace embraced in God’s loving arms & he will be with you always.
    Love, peace & serenity.,
    Steve & Sharon Cockerham

  • Kathy and Family,
    Walt & I want to express our sympathy. There will be a great void in the community. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. May God give you peace.
    Walt & Robin Farlee

  • Cancer is not the only disease Jim had, he also had chronic good mood disease and was habitually happy. Going to miss you Jim

  • So sorry about Jim. You are in our thoughts and prayers. You have our Deepest Sympathy.

  • Kathy & family, We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all. Phil & Margaret Hunter

  • I am so glad that I got to share Jim with his daughter Mandy and his family. He was always a laugh and one of the most giving men I know. He touched many people. I send my thoughts and prayers to his family. With much love and sadness,
    Mindy Best Haney
    Addy, Briley, and Tim

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and the family for strength, courage and endurance as they go forward adjusting to the loss of Jim. Sincerely, Bill & Jan Mast

  • We are so sorry for your loss, heaven has gained another angel. Our prayers are with you and your family!

  • To the family of Jim, you shared a very special person with the world, he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. God Bless you all

  • I’m very sorry for your family’s loss. Jim was a good man and one thing I remember is that he was always kind to me. His laugh and smile were contagious. Prayers for you as you move forward in the days ahead.

  • Mandy and Family,
    Truly sorry to read about your fathers passing! My prayers are with you each as the following days, weeks, and months come. Sending love, hugs and continued prayers.

  • Dear Kathy and family,

    I was so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. We sure had a fun time on the fair board. We laughed a lot. some good times and some not so good, but we always remained friends. When I saw him last week, he asked about Tripp. When I told him about him Jim gave me two thumbs up. He always thought about others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. RIP my friend .

    Linda Lahmon

  • Kathy and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Know that he is in The Lord’s loving arms and at peace. Prayers for you and your family during this time..

  • God bless you all
    So sorry for your loss.

    Doug & Kelly Stahl and family

  • Our prayers and sympathy to the Daniels family. This community will feel the void of this wonderful man. He is at peace now.

  • I’m going to miss Jim greatly! I remember raceing home after church his duster and my Camaro , he always won . Also remember riding to tractor club 4-h meeting with him and his dad . My family and his family going to Farm Science Review and day trip vacations .

  • Our deepest and most sincere condolences to you and your family……..a great man…..in the arms of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ……

  • So sorry to hear about Jim. His dad Dick was a great guy and Jim certainly followed in his footsteps. Jim will be missed by many.

  • Dear Daniels family we are so extremely sorry for your loss. Your dad, husband, grandpa was such A constant in the community I don’t remember a fair tomato show, tractor pull without him serving others. Or just a constant in your home watching Dukes of Hazzard while we played 😊as kids. May the God of the universe carry you through this hardest journey. My heart breaks for all of you ! Many hugs we love you!!

  • Our deepest condolences for your family. Jim was one of a kind with his sense of humor and will be greatly missed. Prayers for your family.

  • I will miss Jim’s ornery spirit and lighthearted “harassment”. Glad I got to see you, the pleasure was all mine.

  • So sorry for the passing of your loved one, remember his help on the Fred. Tomato Show, many blessing and prayers to the family.

  • Kathy and family:
    We are sorry to hear of Jim’s passing, but we know he is in good hands. He will be
    missed by many . You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Kathryn and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was certainly an active participant in the community and will be greatly missed. What a life well lived! You have made many special memories in your time together, and it is our hope that these sweet memories and the love you shared will in time give you peace and comfort. God bless you and comfort you. We are keeping you in thought and prayer during this difficult time.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. It was a pleasure to know Jim and to work with him during my time in Fredericktown. The community has lost a good man. Thoughts and prayers to Kathy and the entire Daniels family.

  • Praying God’s loving arms are embracing all of you in this time of sadness. We are better for knowing Jim; his goodness as a family man, his dedication to his community, his care for God’s creation, and his servitude to Green Valley church. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to lift you and yours in comfort, until the days when we are all together again in the presence of our Lord!

  • Kathryn and Family
    I am very sorry to hear of Jims passing. As Joe mentioned, Jim was always in Good Humor. I will miss his laugh and wit. He was a great husband and father – a True Family Man.

  • Kathy and family,

    I’m so sorry to hear that Jim has passed. I remember that in high school and in our “grown-up” years he was always such a happy, kind, and thoughtful guy. Although I haven’t seen him for years I know he will be missed by many as he has touched so many people’s lives.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Kathy and family,
    We are so sorry that we are unable to give our condolences in person. Our prayers continue to be with you and your family. We pray God’s loving arms are around you all, giving you comfort and peace.
    Love and understanding sympathy,
    Cada and Gayle

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to the Daniels family in the loss of their loved one. May God give you comfort at this time.

  • Thinking of your family at this sad time. Although we didn’t know Jim well we know he was well liked and a caring person. What a great legacy. He will be missed by so many.

  • Mandy and family, thinking and praying for you during this time. Your father was an amazing man; one of character, good cheer and a servant’s heart that gave so much to his community. A true blessing to the community and those so fortunate to cross his path. Wishing you peace and comfort.

  • Thank you for all of your wonderful comments about Jim. I finally read all of them. We are a lucky family to have had Jim in our lives. He made life fun and interesting. His laugh is what I miss the most. Kathy