Kenneth Eugene Deems

April 28, 1929 ‒ January 31, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Kenneth Eugene Deems, 85 of Mansfield, passed away surrounded by family Saturday morning, January 31, 2015, following an extended illness.

He was born April 28, 1929 in Mansfield, the son of Lewis & Helen (Moon) Deems. Ken was graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1947 and went on to earn his associate degree in accounting from Mansfield Business College. He proudly served his country as a member of the US Army during the Korean War.

One night at a square dance in Mansfield (Ken loved to dance) a young lady named Viola Shambaugh caught his eye and he offered to escort her home. They dated for several years and wrote each other during the war. Finally able to propose on a Christmas Eve, they have shared nearly 62 wonderful years of marriage.

Ken was employed by Mechanics Savings Bank as an Assistant Secretary Treasurer for 40 years until his retirement in 1994. He volunteered his accounting expertise for many local organizations including: Mansfield Jaycees, Shelly Acres Swim Club, Shelly Acres Community Water Assoc., Civitan Club, Madison Band Parents, and Pandora Dance Club.

In spare time, Ken enjoyed golfing, playing pool with his friends, and gardening. His friends and family will miss his great sense of humor.

Ken was a member of First English Lutheran Church in Mansfield where he served as a greeter and helped prepare communion, the weekly bulletin, and attendance pads. He was a lifetime member of: the American Legion McVey Post 16, the VFW 9943, the Korean War Veterans Assoc., and longtime member of: Venus Lodge 152 F&AM, Baku Grotto, Valley of Columbus Scottish Rite, Richland County Scottish Rite, and the Aladdin Temple in Columbus.

Ken is survived by his loving wife Viola (Shambaugh) Deems of Mansfield; three children (& spouses): Teresa & Steven Frey of Mansfield, Brian Eugene & Jill Deems of Hope Mills, NC, and Lisa Turner of Mansfield; four grandchildren: Jody Osbun, Brent Deems, Nellie Turner, and Tammi Turner; four great-grandchildren: Katee, Jayce, John, and Kassie; a sister Esther Schindler of Lexington; a brother-in-law Clyde “Shorty” Oyster of Mansfield; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.

Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a sister Ruthella Oyster.

His family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home (formerly Finefrock’s) where a Masonic Service will begin at 8 p.m. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at his church, First English Lutheran Church, 53 Park Avenue West in Mansfield, with calling an hour prior. Pastor Andrew Jones will officiate and military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. A private graveside service will be held at a later date in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Contributions in his memory to First English Lutheran Church or Ohio Health MedCentral Hospice may be made at his services.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Ken’s family and encourage you to share a condolence at

  • Vi & Family,

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve your family this week. I’m always a phone call away.

    Hannah Snyder, funeral director

  • David and I send our deepest condolences to the Deems family..your family has been part of our family here at Paradise Hill Golf Course for so many years. Our prayers are with you at this time. Dave Bowser / Barbara Pace

  • Brian, so very sorry to hear of your fathers passing, my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I know your faith and strength will help everyone in the family during this incredibly sad time.

    Tracy Richards

  • Vi and Family,

    My most sincere sympathy on your loss of a very dear man, Ken.

    May God put his arms about you and give you solace.

    Sherry Winbigler

  • Vi and Family,

    My most sincere condolences on your loss. May God pu his arms about you and give you solace.

    Sherry Winbigler