Kenneth Earl Mims

Kenneth Earl MimsKenneth Earl Mims, 84 years old of Elyria, was called home on December 12, 2017. He was born in Clanton, Alabama on April 4, 1933, son of Phillip Othniel Mims and Jewel Littleton Mims. He moved from Alabama to Lorain in 1952 after serving in the Army, and lived in Oberlin and Elyria.

Ken worked for the City of Elyria in the Water Department, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elyria. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, reading, and cheering for the University of Alabama football team (Roll Tide!) Ken was a hard worker and a good provider and took pride in his family. He grew wonderful tomatoes and told the best stories. He was a true southern gentleman who, despite living “up north” for over 60 years, managed to never lose his southern charm or all of his accent.

Ken was predeceased by his parents, his wife Kathryn (Hanmer) Mims in 1995, and his sisters, Marvorene Hamilton and Wilma Easterling. His survivors include his wife of 9 years Wilma Schnur Mims, his brother Phil (Charlene) Mims, his favorite older son, Steve (Nancy) Mims, his favorite older daughter Marci (Dale) Chavalia, his favorite younger son Doug Mims, and his favorite younger daughter, Susan Mims. He is also survived by stepdaughters Kim (Bob) Ledinsky, Heather Schnur, and stepson, Ron (Melissa) Schnur; grandchildren Tyler, Jaclyn, Lauren and Stephanie Mims; Emily, Alisha, Nathan, and Austin White; Elizabeth, Madalyn and Cara Schnur; Camden and Chloe Varady; Everett Perrin IV; and great granddaughter, Marley Reed.

Friends will be received at the Reichlin Roberts Funeral Home, 327 Cleveland Street, Elyria, Ohio on Friday, December 15, 2017 for 4:00 to 7:00 PM. Funeral services will be in the funeral home on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Patrick Odle of First Baptist Church officiating. Burial, with full military honors provided by the VFW Post 1079, will follow at Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, Ohio. A luncheon will follow at First Baptist Church in Elyria.

In honor of Ken's memory the family would like to ask everyone to please take the time to call or visit a loved one. It will make their day.

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sent Friday, 15 December 2017 07:10
To all of Ken’s family.. in the year and a half I knew Ken, he was always the one to brighten my Sunday’s while working at the group home where Doug resides. There was something about him that put a smile on my face. Such a wonderful, nice, and caring man. You could see the love he has for all of his children, particularly Doug on his Sunday visits. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him. I am deeply saddened by his passing and I am so sorry for your loss. I send you my condolences. To Ken.. thank you for all you’ve done. Douglas will continue to be in the best care. Us staff at the home love and care for Doug like a brother. Rest In Peace, Mr.Mims. You will be missed by many. Sincerely, Meghan Wharton
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