James Ronald “Jim” Sherman

January 26, 1939 ‒ June 17, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Jim Sherman had the mechanically inclined mind to understand how things worked. Hence, he knew how to fix everything. To Jim, everything was repairable – his garage always had someone’s lawnmower, or snowblower or some other small engine – which, with patience, Jim fixed.

Remembered for his kindness and generosity, Jim passed into the Lord’s care Wednesday, June 17, 2020 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, with his devoted family at his side. He was 81.

Born January 26, 1939 in Mansfield, he attended Lexington High School and remained a lifelong village resident. At the age of ten, he began working in Hiser’s sandwich bar, and at age 18 bought their gas station and operated Sherman’s Sunoco in Lexington.

Jim served two years in the US Army, and returned to accept a position as a service technician with Montgomery Wards. After Wards closed, Jim went to work with Lexington Local Schools in maintenance working mainly in the Western and Eastern Elementary buildings. He retired in 2004 after 18 years of service. Jim became a beloved face in the schools.

Jim liked bowling, participating in leagues at Lex Lanes and Park Lanes, and enjoyed camping. Family trips to the beach or local campgrounds were frequent.

He was a member of Lexington Church of Christ, where he served as a trustee, and worked as custodian of the church property – Jim fixed and repaired everything in the church facility.

A bit on the ornery side, Jim was always giving of his time, talents and resources – he would go without in order to help others. He knew the mechanics of a happy family, and with love and generosity provided an example of unconditional love.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Mary (Kuhn) Sherman; daughter Laurie (Jeff) Shamp of Lexington; son Robert (Gail) Sherman of Maumee; grandchildren Jason Shamp of Brooklyn, NY, Joe (Heather) Shamp of Burlington, KY, Michael (Leslie) Goltry of Brownstown, IN, Kayla Shamp of West Lafayette, IN, Tyler Goltry of Roseville, MI, Levi Shamp of Winter Haven, FL, Alexis Sherman and Abby Sherman both of Maumee; and four loving great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father Arthur Sherman, his mother Bernice (Volz) Sherman Watkins, his step father Harold Watkins and two brothers and two sisters.

The Sherman family will receive guests Friday, June 19, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m.  Pastor TJ Waters will assist Jim’s grandson Pastor Michael Goltry as officiants. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery, where Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Contributions in his memory to Round Lake Christian Camp may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Sherman family, share a message of support with them – or watch Jim’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com


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  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing..knew of him first through marrying my school friend, Mary Inez, then my daughter going to school with her good friend Laurie..also working for Lex schools..he fought a very good fight and you all should be proud of the great care given to him and Mary..especially the extraordinary care and sacrifice given by Laurie and Jeff..you made great memories right up to the end and cherish them..God bless you all..

  • I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He is now pain free. I know what a blessing he has been to your family.

  • I am truly sorry for you loss. Prayers and condolences to your family. Jim was a great man.

  • I have great memories of Jim and Mary. I also worked at Western with Jim. Had you kids in school I have a special love for your family and will truly miss him. You should be very proud to call him Dad. He was so proud of both of you. Love to you all

  • Dearest Sherman family,
    Our love and prayers are with you. We hold so many fond and dear memories of Jim during our time as part of the Lexington Church family. Jim (and Mary) hold a special place in our hearts. They were one of the couples that welcomed us a a newly married couple into the church over 25 years ago. His legacy will live on in those whose lives he touched so deeply.
    All our love. The Awwiller family

  • Uncle Jim was a wonderful man. My memories of coming over to the house for holidays or other events are always remembered by a smile , laughter, and a hug. He loved unconditionally. Your father was one of the nicest people I know and a great husband, father, and grandfather. I know he is in heaven watching over all his loved ones.
    Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy.
    Maceo and Michelle Whitfield

  • My deepest condolences to my sister Mary Inez and my niece and nephew and their families.

    I loved Him deeply! So many wonderful memories I have of this wonderful man. His smile and great humor are some of the first memories I have of Jim!
    Such a wonderful, caring Christian husband, father, grandfather and brother in-law was Jim! I loved Him deeply and am so very thankful that he is with his Lord and Saviour enjoying his new home in heaven!

    My deepest prayers for my sister Mary Inez & all who loved him so much (his children Laurie and Rob and all in their families.)

  • We are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He was great man, husband and father. I have very fond memories of him because of always being so kind. Mary, Laurie, Rob and all the family we are sending you hugs and prayers.

  • I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing him, but my niece, Gail (Gleckler) married his son Rob, and he is a “winner” and it sounds like the spitting image of his wonderful father.
    So thru the Shermans living in the Maumee, OH area, I will continue to respect and honor the Sherman name. God bless and help all of you deal with your loss.
    Aunt Char and her Kreuz clan from Delta

  • Jim was a wonderful person, son, husband, dad, and my “favorite brother- in-law”So many good memories we have of Jim and of all of his family.All my love to all of you.

  • I am so thankful to have known Jim and Mary Shermsn when we lived in their neighborhood when our children were young. They were great friends and neighbors! Thank God for Jim’s life which radiated the grace and love of our Lord.

  • Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. He will surely be missed by the many who came to know him. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jeff & Karen Kuhn