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James "Jimmy" VanMeter

Sunday, July 6th, 1947 - Thursday, December 17th, 2020
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James Henry Van Meter, 73

James Henry Van Meter, 73 of Ashland and formerly of Nova, passed away Thursday morning, December 17, 2020 at Brethren Care Village.

Jimmy was born in Loudonville, Ohio on July 6, 1947 to the late James R. and Edith (nee Gollehon) Van Meter. He was a graduate of Mapleton High School class of 1966 and earned a bachelor’s degree in music, with a minor in English, from Ashland College in 1970.

Jimmy played piano at the Reed House Restaurant for 19 years, he had also played at Dale-Roy Services and the Pump House Restaurant and taught Piano lessons for 9 years.

He was a member of the Ruggles Church where he played the piano and organ. He enjoyed painting while he lived at Brethren Care village.

He is survived by his Brethren Care family, Ruggles Church family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held, Monday, December 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home with Chaplain Dean Pierce officiating. Interment will be in the Ashland County Memorial Park. Friends may call one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For those who may not be able to attend the service will be available via Facebook live from the funeral home’s page.

Memorial contributions may be made to Brethren Care Village, 2000 Center St. Ashland, Ohio 44805 or to the Ruggles Church, 1364 US Highway 224, New London, Ohio 44851.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made on the funeral home website

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Services

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 2:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Chaplain Dean Pierce
  • Interment

    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 3:00pm
    Ashland County Memorial Park
    1058 US 250 North
    Ashland, OH 44805
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Susanne Sheppard

Posted at 05:59pm
Jimmy will always be remembered in the hearts of the owners and staff of the Reed House Restaurant in Nova. Jimmy was a pleasure to be around with his smiling face and laughter. He would turn a frown to a smile as soon as you met him.
For 19 years , Jimmy, played the organ every Saturday and Sunday at the Reed House. He loved to play his favorite songs and take request from the customers. There were many times you would hear the customers singing along with him.
Jimmy had friends from all over the area (Lorain, Cleveland, Mansfield, Ashland) that came to eat and listen to his sweet music.
Everyone that was fortunate to have known him, loved him.
Rest In Peace, Jimmy,
Susanne Swineford Sheppard
The Swineford Family
The Reed House Family

Sherry Johnston

Posted at 09:29pm
My memories of Jimmy go back to his days at the Reed House Restaurant. It was always an evening my family looked forward to, just to hear him play. Over the years we heard him play at several places. Years later my aunt was at Brookwood Place for several years and Jimmy was there, always smiling, sharing an easy laugh with anyone he spoke with. He would come to my Aunt's room and play her organ she had there many times. He shared his talents with all and he had many. Mostly however, it was his smile and caring attitude toward others. I will miss running into him when he would be out shopping in Ashland. I always enjoyed being able to say hello and catch up a bit with him. I don't think he ever forgot anyone he had met. Thank you Jimmy for so many happy memories.

Sherry Johnston

Sue Eighinger

Posted at 07:33am
My 5 years of working at Brethren Care in the Brookwood building, I met so many wonderful residents. One especially, Jimmy❤
My heart breaks hearing of his passing. He was such a pleasant and caring man. Loved his singing and piano playing. It brought so much joy to the residents and staff.
He never had a bad word to say about anyone. Always so cheerful and smiling. Oh, how I loved when he laughed😂
To those who were fortunate to have known him, please take some of his positive attitude along with you and give of yourself to others.
Rest in peace my dear friend. Sing and rejoice with all your loved ones.

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