James R. Watkins

January 5, 1931 - July 26, 2021
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James R. Watkins, age 90, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, July 26, 2021, while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia.

Born in the family’s New Philadelphia home on January 5, 1931, Jim was a son of the late David and Florence (Sherer) Watkins.

He was a 1949 graduate of New Phil…

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James R. Watkins, age 90, of New Philadelphia, died Monday, July 26, 2021, while in the care of Community Hospice’s Truman House at New Philadelphia.

Born in the family’s New Philadelphia home on January 5, 1931, Jim was a son of the late David and Florence (Sherer) Watkins.

He was a 1949 graduate of New Philadelphia High School and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. Jim attended Ashland College and Kent State Tuscarawas where he studied Applied Management and Accounting. Professionally, Jim worked for Empire Detroit Steel at Dover for 40 years and retired as the Assistant Manager of Production Control.

Jim enjoyed Ballroom Dancing and attending competitions with his wife, golfing, watching the airplanes at Harry Clever Field, and feeding the wildlife around his home.

He will be missed by his family that includes his son, William C. (Nancy) Floyd of Alliance, Ohio; his daughter, Karen (Don) Lawver of Dover; his grandchildren, Aaron Watkins of Dover, Sarah Watkins of Gnadenhutten and Jordan Lawver of Denver, Colorado; his great-grandchildren, Ross and Jeremy Watkins of New Philadelphia and Orion Welsch of Gnadenhutten as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, whom he married on June 14, 1969, and shared in 44 years of marriage prior to her passing on July 24, 2013; his siblings, Willard Watkins, John Watkins, Opal Krantz, Max Watkins, June Schmidt, Robert Watkins, and Alice Lentz.

No visitation or services are scheduled. Cremation will be conducted through the care of Geib’s Tuscarawas Valley Crematory. A private inurnment with military honors will be held in the East Avenue Cemetery at New Philadelphia.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be directed to Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Avenue SW, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663.

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No public visitation or services are scheduled.


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East Avenue Cemetery

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1520 Delaware Drive SE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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A private inurnment with military honors will be held.


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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Born: January 5, 1931
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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.

 

Lori and Gary Bigler posted on 8/5/21

So many wonderful memories of this kind man. From spending many nights with Karen, to him driving all us girls to the Burger Chef, or wherever our adventures took us. May God rest his sweet soul, and give his family peace.

 

Ed and Mary Icove posted on 7/31/21

Karen, Don and family. We’re saddened by the loss of your Dad. May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate his life well lived. Sending love your way. Ed and Mary

 

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 7/29/21

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of James R. Watkins, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, James R. Watkins, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

 

Pamela Rosten posted on 7/28/21

Dearest Karen and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. He was such a sweet man ! I always thought he was special, even when you and I were kids. He had such a great smile; it just lit up his face ! I sincerely hope that you find comfort in your memories of him and all of your great times together. I am praying for God’s peace for you and your family. Much love to you and yours, Pamela Parson Rosten

 

Pat & Dave Metzger posted on 7/28/21

Jim was a wonderful man & good neighbor. God bless you Karen & Bill for taking such good care of your Dad. Our sincere condolences to all. He will be missed.

 

Sharon lawver posted on 7/27/21

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So very sorry.

 

Socrates Incarnato posted on 7/27/21

Thinking of your family during this difficult time . Much love

 

George & Wendy Essex posted on 7/27/21

So sorry for your loss. Such a beautiful smile must reflect a life well lived.

 

Sarah posted on 7/27/21

R.I.P. Grandpa. Love Always Sarah, Skylor and Orion Welsch

 

Johnnie Duda posted on 7/27/21

On behalf of Midtown Dry Cleaners we offer our deepest sympathy to your family. Mr. Watkins was a very favorite customer for many years. He will be missed. Sincerely, The Duda’s.

 

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