Mount Vernon News
  • James L. Coontz

  • March 18, 2011

HOWARD — James L. “Uncle” Coontz, 65, of Howard, died Wednesday morning, March 16, 2011, at his home surrounded by family.

He was born June 3, 1945, in Columbus, son of the late Myron and Betty (Davies) Coontz.

Jim is survived by his sons, Shawn (Kelly) Coontz and Jim (Becky) Coontz of Bladensburg; lifelong friend and mother of his children, Anna; loving sister, Nancy (Bob) Humphry of Columbus; grandchildren, Kristopher, Arianna, Jadynn, Noah and Peyton; many loved nieces and nephews; and his faithful four-legged companion, Dodge.

Jim’s family also included brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mike and Jackie Johnson, who saw to it that Jim fulfilled his dream of living in the country on his own land.

Because Jim never met a stranger, everyone he knew became like family to Jim. His family included, the Lunch Bunch, Katy and Paul, all of the United Ford Owners Club members, the entire staff at the Franklin County Board of Elections where he retired from in 1996, his family in Plevna Ontario, Canada, where he spent many wonderful summers trying to catch the big one.

Jim also served six years in the U.S. Army, proudly serving his country, a true American. Because of his love for his family, Jim had a special interest in the Ronald McDonald House and the Bladensburg Fire Department, where his two sons volunteer. The family would also like to send a very heartfelt thank you to Hospice of Knox County for their care for not only Jim but his family as well. His sons are asking that you please remember him, and celebrate his life by donating to any of these important organizations.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Jim at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home, 201 Newark Road, Mount Vernon, with Pastor Marvin Haught officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council following the funeral service at the funeral home.

Private condolences may be expressed to the family at

The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of James L. “Uncle” Coontz.

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