WESTERVILLE — James E. Emmert, 74, of Westerville died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born May 30, 1935, in Portsmouth to the late Walter and Helen (Falls) Emmert. A graduate of Danville High School in 1954, he then served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Retired from the Ohio Operating Engineers Local No. 18, he was a member of Masonic Lodge 340, F&AM.
Generous and hardworking, he was mechanically inclined. A craftsman of several homes he operated under the CB call name “John Deere” and enjoyed watching Lou Dobbs. He was happiest riding his motorcycle and spending time with his family and animals.
Jim was a wonderful father, paw paw and friend. He is survived by son, Jim (Deanna) Emmert of Westerville; daughter, Carla (Mark) Cantrell of Johnstown; granddaughter, Jessica Cantrell; brothers, Ernest of Florida, Donald of Mount Vernon, Larry (Lois) of Westerville; sister, Mary Jo Thomas of Mount Vernon.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Walter “Chuck” Emmert.
Friends may call Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., with Masonic service at 8 p.m., at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury, where service will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Northlawn Memory Gardens.
Make memorial contributions to Humane Society of Delaware County or American Lung Association.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.