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James M. Earnest

• Oct 28, 2015 at 12:27 PM

May 21, 1938 -- Aug. 24, 2012

James M. Earnest, 74, of Wakeman, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, August 24, 2012, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Cameron, West Virginia on May 21, 1938 to Harold and Beulah Earnest.

He graduated from Wakeman High School in 1956 and attended Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana. He was a member of the U.S. Army from 1961-63, stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama.

He was the owner/operator of his own truck for many years, hauling steel and freight in the Eastern United States. He worked for Service Transport, White Star Trucking and Dasher Truck Lines. In 1991, he began working for Preston Freight Lines, driving their truck. He was a long-time member of Teamsters Local 407 in Cleveland and retired in 1997.

In retirement, Jim and his wife Dorothy enjoyed car shows and traveling. They had a camper and wintered in Texas for ten years. He was a member of the Local 407 organization, "Cleveland Teamsters #1 Retirees" and enjoyed the monthly meetings. They were members of Car Coddlers of Ohio, and Chapter 56 of the Ohio Good Sam's Club.

Jim is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy of Wakeman; son Bill (Julie) of Knoxville, TN, son Ken (Lori) of Franklin, TN, son Larry (Debbie) of Hartland, Wisconsin; grandchildren Megan, Mindy, Ryan, Molly, Katie, Brian and Nathan. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Melvin) Kramer of Collins, Ohio, nephew and nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Calling hours will be on Sunday August 26 from 2:00 to 5:00 at the Morman Funeral Home, 16 Cooper St. in Wakeman. Services will be held an Monday at 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Wakeman Cemetery.

The entire family is very appreciative of the help and support of New Life Hospice of Elyria during his lengthy illness. Memorial donations may be made to New Life Hospice, 5225 Abbe Road, Elyria, Ohio 44035, or to the Wakeman Public Library.

Messages of condolence may be left at mormanfuneralhome.com