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James M. Harris Sr.

August 14, 1932 March 16, 2018
James M. Harris Sr.
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James M. Harris Sr., 85, of Columbia Station passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 at University Hospital Elyria Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born August 14, 1932 in Lockney, W.VA. James worked for Fruehauf for 19 years and retired from Ford after 26 years. He enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and wildlife. James had a great sense of humor and a great love for family. Survivors include his daughters Norma Kendle of Columbia Station and Joyce (Bill) Thompson of Elyria; sons James Jr. (Deb) of Columbia Station, Donald (Phyllis) of Elyria and Robert (Lisa) of Grafton; 12 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife LaRue (nee Saunders) in 2013, granddaughters Michelle and Dana. Family will receive friends 4-7 PM Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Service 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at St. Rt. 57), Elyria. 440-322-4626. Closing prayers will be Wednesday 9:30 AM in the funeral home followed by a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church 708 Erie Street Grafton, Ohio 44044. The Rev. Fr. John P. Seabold, pastor, will be the Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery (Grafton). In lieu of flowers family suggests those who wish may make donations to the Church. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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4:00 PM 3/20/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 3/20/2018 7:00:00 PM
Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home

38475 Chestnut Ridge
Elyria, OH 44035

Closing Prayers 9:30 AM Wednesday, March 21, 2018 in the funeral home

Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home
38475 Chestnut Ridge Elyria 44035 OH
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary's Cemetery Grafton Final Resting Place

State Route 57
Grafton, OH 44044

State Route 57 Grafton 44044 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church

708 Erie St.
Grafton, OH 44044

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