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James Workman

James L. Workman

Sunday, December 8th, 1935 - Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
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James L. Workman, 84

James L. Workman, 84, of Ashland, passed away Wednesday evening, March 25, 2020 at Good Shepherd Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in Ashland; he was reunited with the love of his life.

Jim was born at the family home in Sullivan Twp. Ashland County, Ohio on December 8, 1935, one of five children of the late Harold and Mildred (Shultz) Workman.

He learned hard work as a young man and carried that ethic into his career in the maintenance department of the Faultless Rubber Company/Abbott Labs which lasted for over 44 years, from Sept. 1952 until his retirement in November 1996.

In his younger years he enjoyed hunting and later, woodworking making canes and stools and more recently watching Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown on TV. He also had a sense of humor with his grandchildren becoming the recipients of many of his practical jokes.

Jim found the love of his life with a young woman by the name of Darlene N. Downing. They were married in Kentucky, on April 12, 1954 and enjoyed almost 65 years of marriage until his beloved Darlene passed away on December 31, 2018.

He is survived by two daughters, Diane (Duane) Lacy and Patricia Robison of Ashland; twelve grandchildren, Christina, Charity, Tim, Tom, Heather, Jason, Jamie, Brian, Jeremy, Stephanie, Alyssa, and Anthony; many great and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Mildred Oney and Beverly Bell of Savannah and one brother, Gary (Barbara) Workman of Ashland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Darlene, a son James L. Workman Jr, two daughters, Gloria Workman and Daneen K. Workman-McCrane; a granddaughter, Stacy Bahr; and a brother Gene Workman.

Private family graveside services and burial will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Ashland Cemetery with the Rev. Donald Earlenbaugh officiating. A Celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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    Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 |
    Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
    Ashland Cemetery Association
    523 W Main Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Nola Jungeberg

Posted at 06:42am
I was so sorry to hear about your father (and your mother) ...they were such a fine, devoted couple and one of my favorite Workman family members. I still have the "dime-und" earrings he gave me and of course some of his fine handcrafted canes and a walking stick. I always enjoyed seeing them at the Workman family Christmas get-togethers and I will never forget your mother's wonderfully contagious laugh! They will surely be missed until we see them again... My love and prayers for you now that you find comfort in your memories and confidence in the fact you will see them again someday. Sincerely, Nola Jungeberg. (Ross Workman's daughter.)

Sherry Miller

Posted at 09:49am
To the family of Jim Workman,
You have my deepest sympathies for the loss of your father and grandfather. My father PeeWee Dreibelbis worked at Faultless also during that exact time, and he really liked Jim and had fond memories of working with him. I pray for God to provide your entire family with peace and comfort during this difficult time. God bless you.
Sherry Miller

Trudy Bates

Posted at 06:45pm
Diane and Patty...I am so very sorry to read of the loss of your father. I hope the both of you are doing well. I had the opportunity to become friends with your little sister, Daneen a few years before she passed. I’m thankful to know her as well as the both of you, your sister Gloria and brother Jim. Prayers to all. Mike and Trudy Knowlton Bates

Jean Powell Posted at 02:32pm

Thinking of Jim and family at this sad time. My husband worked 43 years at Faultless with Jim and when they were in the same unit at Good Shepherd loved to say hi and get a smile from him. Jean and Dick Powell

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