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James Lamar Kerstetter

July 28, 1936 August 2, 2020
James Lamar Kerstetter
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James Lamar Kerstetter 84, of Elyria Township passed away Sunday August 2, 2020 at Mercy New Life Hospice in Lorain following a long illness. He was born July 28, 1936 in Harrisburg, PA. James had worked for the Ford Motor Company as a truck driver, and was a past Elyria Township Fire Chief where he had served for many years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. James enjoyed trips to the casino, attending the Ford retiree breakfasts, and had owned over fifty cars in his life time. He was also a past Mason. Survivors include his wife of sixty two years; Carol (nee: Tomasheski), two daughters; Kathy Kerstetter, Kristy Sawyers (Gordon). Additional survivors include seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, a brother; Jack (Lydia). James was preceded in death by a son; James A. Kerstetter (Tammy), a daughter; Kelly Strickler (Tim), his parents; Oliver and Ruth (nee: Reeder), two sisters; Ruth and Faye, a brother; William. The family will receive friends from 2-5 PM Monday August 10, 2020 at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57) Elyria where funeral services will be at 5:00 PM immediately following visitation. Reverend Chuck Keesee will officiate. Burial will be private. The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions in James’ memory may be sent to Lorain County Community College Foundation 1005 N. Abbe Rd. Elyria, OH 44035 James A. Kerstetter Fund Online condolences to the family may expressed at

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