Donald James, 66, of Sandusky, passed away on Thursday evening, Nov. 8, 2012, in Cleveland Clinic after a long struggle with cancer. Those who knew Don best remember him as a husband, father, brother, and a friend. His final days were spent with his loving wife of 40 years, Patricia James. Don’s warm heart and caring spirit will be missed by all.
He was born Nov. 6, 1946, in Inez, Ky., the second oldest son of the late Melvin and Ethel (Fitch) James. He grew up in Sandusky, sharing a small house on Stacy Road with his three brothers and one sister.
Don attended Perkins High School and married Patricia Byington on Dec. 16, 1967. He was employed at U.S. Tsubaki and was the owner of Jolly Donut for 12 years. He lived in Las Vegas for 12 years.
A natural outdoorsman, Don loved fishing, golfing, baseball, hunting, cars, and spending time with his family.
Don is survived by his wife, Patricia; three children, Dawn (Alfred) Papenfuss, of Sandusky, Shannon (Kim) James, of Powell, Ohio, and Chad (Josielyn) James, of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren, Meiya, Reanna and Tracy Baker, and Gracie, Dylan, Katy and Brooklyn James; three stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Thomas, Darrell and Carl James, all of Sandusky; one sister, Rose James, of Bellevue; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Loyal Dean, in infancy.
Friends may call 4-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Toft Funeral Home & Crematory, 2001 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13. Deacon Garry Sorrell Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Sand Hill Cemetery, Margaretta Township.
Memorial contributions may be made in Don’s memory to Firelands Regional Medical Center Home Health Services, 5420 Milan Road, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to Back to the Wild, P.O. Box 423, Castalia, OH 44824.
Condolences may be shared at toftfh.com.