James Samuel Erne, 79, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Andrew Samuel and Bernadette Ann (Bauman) Erne on November 29th, 1939 on Kelleys Island.
James was always working - as a bus driver and custodian for Medina City Schools, a repairman for National Cash Register and May Co. and for his own company repairing cash registers. He served his Country in the U.S. Air Force.
James loved to fish and captained many trips on Lake Erie. He also worked with his father, Andy, commercially fishing out of Kelleys Island. He enjoyed hunting, his bird dogs and time with the Lodi Bird Club and his Model A. James loved to tell jokes and was a member of the The Cranksters Model A Club. He enjoyed baking sweets for the holidays and had been both a Medina Township Volunteer Fireman as well as a Fire Inspector.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Jane (Matthews) Erne; children, Teresa Scheck, Sandy (Darryl) Albright, Joe (Betty) Erne and Jennifer (Brent) Stevens; grandchildren, Julia and Reid (Amanda) Scheck, Nathan Albright, Kelley Albright, Andrew, Zachary, Austin and Sarah Erne, Jakob, Nicholas and Samuel Stevens; siblings, BeeAnn Petrick, Tom (Debbie) Erne, Jack (Dayle) Erne and many friends.
James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, William and sisters, Jane Wiggins and Joan Blade.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Waite & Son Funeral Home, 765 N. Court St., Medina. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place on Kelleys Island.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 23215 Commerce Park #300, Beachwood, OH 44122.