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James W. Cherven

October 5, 1950 May 17, 2021
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James W. Cherven, 70 of Elyria, with family by his side, crossed peacefully over to be with our Lord, May 17th, 2021. With his devoted wife, Sarah, by his side, Jim fought a valiant battle with cancer for the past 8 years. Born in Lorain, Ohio, October 5th, 1950 to John & Johanna (Drexler) Cherven, Jim was a 1968 graduate of Admiral King High School. Employed at US Steel’s Lorain plant as a maintenance electrician in the Pipe Mills, Jim retired after 34 years in 2003. Subsequently, Jim pursued his outdoor hobbies including hunting, fishing, boating and camping with his family. Annual archery hunting with his pals took him to “Camp Last Scent”, in Potter County, PA. annually for 42 years, where his presence will be sorely missed by his closest friends.

His love of history and playing the bugle merged when he decided to partake in living history. He joined Civil War reenactors, 1st O.V.L.A. Battery H and Taylor's Battery. There, in addition to being a bugler, Jim also became a cannoneer. He expanded his musical repertoire by mastering more than 200 songs played on the cornet. Countless people have heard his sweet cornet being played in the mountains of Pennsylvania, or at various beaches on the shores of Lake Erie; and at campgrounds, at Civil War reenactments and occasions of remembrance like in Elyria’s square on 9/11 each year; on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, on Memorial Day & July 4th, or at Gettysburg on Little Round Top and around those hallowed grounds. One of his proudest moments was being invited to play at the nationally televised event of the 150th Anniversary of Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

Jim also was a proud member of “Bugles Across America”, a group of volunteers who play Taps at veteran memorials. He brought tears to so many patriotic eyes in so many places, but none can compare to the deep love and respect Jim had for our Veterans, as he voluntarily played the hymns of their respective military branch and TAPS at so many of their funerals.

Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Sarah (Whitten). daughter Stacy Richard (David), son Richard (Debbie Cowger), extended family Cheri (Joshua) Losey. Best Papaw to grandchildren, Senior Airman Austin Wilson, Savanna Wilson, Sam Cherven, Kaitlyn Wilson, Michael Patterson, and Alexis Losey. Sister, Joan Alaimo, brothers, John (Janice) & Joseph (Judy) and many loved nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Johanna Cherven, brother-in-law Ronald Alaimo.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Life Hospice of Mercy. Arrangements were entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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A Celebration of Life Gathering will be announced at a later date

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Private Final Resting Place
United States

Memorial Contribution

Mercy New Life Hospice

3500 Kolbe Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

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