James N. Myers, age 74, of New Philadelphia passed away on July 14, 2023, in his home where he was well cared for by his family and Traditions Health Hospice, after a short battle with lung cancer.
Born in Akron OH on November 27, 1948, Jim was a retired veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army, assigned to the 196th Infantry Brigade. He was wounded and received commendations for his dedication and bravery. He served with distinction where he earned several medals, including the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal with Valor, and others. The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.
Although injured in combat, Jim worked as the first Summit County Sheriff Deputy assigned to the Akron Canton Airport (CAK), later taking on the role as the Operations & Safety manager of CAK, where he retired. He was a member of the Rolling Thunder ® Ohio Chapter #2 in Akron, which he and other members were united in the cause to bring full accountability for the Prisoners Of War-Missing In Action (POW/MIA) of all wars, reminding everyone of their watchwords: “We Will Not Forget.”
Jim had talented woodworking skills and would mill lumber from trees on his property then make various pieces of furniture, gifted to family members that they have to cherish his memory.
Preceded in death by his father, Harry N. Myers, mother-in-law Christine Kleinatland, sister, Diana Lococo, brother-in-law, Douglas Coupland and sister-in-law Christine Sampson. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, mother, Anna M. Myers, sister, Linda Burleson, brother, Robert Myers, and brother-in-law, Joseph Kleinatland; nephews, Louie Lococo, Joe Lococo, Doug Coupland, and Michale Jones; nieces, Anna Marie Lococo, Rachel (Myers) Wallace, Hanna Myers, Heather (Burleson) Homan, Kathy Coupland, Colleen Manion, and Bernadine Fricke; and his good friend Gary.
The family would like to extend sincere thanks and gratitude for all the care Traditions Health Hospice staff rendered to Jim during his time at home on hospice care.
Inurnment with military honors will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date. There are no calling hours or services at this time. Memorial contributions may be made to Traditions Health Hospice, 340 Oxford St Suite 200A, Dover, OH 44622. The Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia has been entrusted with the service arrangements.