James Dale “Jim” Dearth, age 89, passed away on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at home in Sharon Center, Ohio surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 1, 1929, in Akron, to the late Bernard and Dorothy (Thomas) Dearth, and just one day later his family moved to Sharon Center where he lived and made his home for 89 years. Jim grew up as a farmer who embraced hard work, a trait he would carry all throughout his life. He left school in the 9th grade and would often go from farm to farm looking for work to help support his family. No sacrifice was too great for family and friends. Too young to serve in World War II, Jim proudly served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army. In 1953 he started Jim Dearth Builders. He built countless homes, churches and barns throughout Medina and Summit counties. His reputation for quality construction spread quickly. He brought artisan-quality workmanship to every project that he undertook. He was known and admired by many for his dependability, kindness, fairness and generosity. His handshake meant more than any paper contract ever could. He kept his word. During this time Jim served his community in several capacities. He was a Sharon Center township trustee, a member of the Lions Club, a volunteer firefighter and a fundraiser for any number of community causes. In later years, he raised the money for the Sharon Center gazebo, which he designed and built. He was a member of the Sharon Township Heritage Society. In 1988, Jim met his soul mate and love of his life, Kathy. They enjoyed the most happy, loving family any man could ask for. He cherished his dear daughter Andrea, her husband Robert, and their sons Grant and Carson as well as his granddaughter, Haile Grudosky-Collier. He took great delight in celebrating his grandchildren’s birthdays or watching them play sports. Each child occupied a large place in his heart. For many years, Jim and Kathy took care of planting, watering and weeding flowers and putting up Christmas decorations in the Sharon Center circle and gazebo. Together, Jim and Kathy volunteered to work on the Friends disaster-relief services, traveling to Tennessee and Virginia to help rebuild homes damaged by natural disasters. He did not hesitate to put his business on hold, so he could travel to Xenia, Ohio, to help strangers fix their homes after the devastating tornado of 1974. Jim’s generosity knew no bounds. Jim also loved going to farm auctions and classic car shows. He owned several John Deere tractors and enjoyed tinkering with them, working in his barn, or just sitting quietly on his back porch listening to the sounds of nature. He was a man at peace with himself who lived and enjoyed life to the fullest. Jim’s life was a testament of what the human spirit can be. He will be remembered always and cherished forever. He is survived by his children whom he loved; Cheryl, Darrell and Carol (Steve) Mazak, grandchildren; Julie and Jake, his wife of 18 years Kathy, daughter Andrea (Robert) Lindner, grandsons; Grant and Carson Lindner, granddaughter Haile, sister June Browning, brother Howard Dearth, dear friend Katherine (Kay) Nagy, and many nieces and nephews. Jim’s generous spirit and warm personality will be missed by a host of friends, neighbors and business associates with whom he shared his life and who now mourn his passing. Friends will be received on Tuesday from 4-7 pm at Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home in Wadsworth. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 1686 South Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, OH 44321. Interment will follow in Sharon Cemetery with Military Honors. Contributions may be made to the Dearth Family Catholic Education Fund.
Hilliard-Rospert Funeral Home