James R. Kearns

March 06, 1935 ‒ November 03, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

James R. Kearns went to be with the Lord Tuesday evening, November 3, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 80.

He was born March 6, 1935 in Mt. Vernon to parents Rex and Ada (Glenn) Kearns. After he was graduated from Fredericktown High School with the class of 1955, he worked with the Lexington Police Department for five years and later went on to work for 32 years with General Motors, retiring in 1988.

James was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, but also enjoyed cheering on the Cleveland Indians and Browns. Having never met a stranger and enjoying the company of others, he truly enjoyed working as a Wal-Mart greeter, at McDonalds, and driving the residents of the Wedgewood Estates to appointments during his retirement. But most of all, he loved and cherished the time he spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years Lila Kearns of Mansfield; children Thomas (Michelle) Kearns of Mansfield, and Darlene (Joe) Peters of Florida; step children Wendy (Matt) Carmichael of Lexington, and Thomas (Jessica) Maiyer of Galion; grandchildren Jason, Stephanie, Jeremy, Brandon, Jason, Cheyenne, Bailey, Thomas, and Nicholas; several great grandchildren; sisters Sondra Spayde, and Ethel Henry, and sister-in-law Ruth Kearns.

In addition to his parents, James was preceded in death by his first wife Bonnie Kearns; a brother Nelson; a sister Linda, and brother-in-laws Clayton and Doug.

His family will receive friends 3-6 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2015 in Snyder Funeral Home, 2553 Lexington Ave, with a service at 11 a.m. Monday morning. Pastor TJ Waters will officiate with burial in Oak Grove Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to the family may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve James’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • So sorry for your loss. I will keep the Kearns family in my thoughts and prayers

    Marilyn Mullin
    Class mate