James F. Kee, Sr., 79, of Elyria, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, following a brief illness. He was born July 26, 1938 in Harmony, West Virginia and was a graduate of Walton High School in West Virginia.
Jim worked for United Airlines for 36 years in ramp operations, while with United he was an on-the-job trainer, specialist in scheduling, had a large part in writing training manuals used in the entire United System. He organized and implemented pineapple sales for charity at the Cleveland Air Show. Additionally, he developed airport mapping for support equipment used system wide. Jim also appeared on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon with a presentation for Jerry's kids. Jim and his wife Adele were co-owners of Castles Wallcovering in Elyria. Jim was a hunter and enjoyed spending time with his wife at their mountain cabin hiking and hunting. When not at the cabin, Jim could be found driving his restored 1957 Triumph TR3. Jim was a Mason for over 50 years with the former King Solomon Lodge (Elyria Lodge # 787). He was a loving husband, wonderful father, terrific grandfather and a man of great character.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Adele (nee Miller); daughter, Bonnie (Dwight) Bowling of Minneapolis, Minnesota; son, James F. Kee, Jr. of Seattle, Washington; grandchildren, Maxwell, Elliette and Reeve; sisters, Ernestine Cooper and Alice (Mike) Martin and brother, David (Terri) Kee.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brell and Amanda Kee (nee Rhodes); sisters, Nellie Goodwin, Norma Knight; brothers, Forrest, William, Kenneth and Alfred.
There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers family suggests those who wish may make donations in Jame's name to the Elyria Masonic Lodge #787, 251 Sixth Street, Elyria, OH 44035.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Lorain County Cremation Service of Elyria, 440-322-4626.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.laubenthalmercado.com