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James A. Underwood

September 19, 1938 — April 11, 2021


James A. Underwood, of Baltimore, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 82, on April 11, 2021. He was born to the late Neal and Mary Underwood on September 19, 1938.

James served his country for 20 years as a member of the United States Air Force. He also held positions at Rockwell International, and Quadra Tech Inc. until his retirement. He was a member of the Thurston United Methodist Church, and enjoyed spending time at the Rockbridge Flea Market with his friends.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn (Schaffner) Underwood; sons, Jon (Tammy) Underwood, Alan (Sandy) Underwood, and Jerry (Joan) Underwood; grandchildren, Beth, Morgan, Mark, Greg, Dylan and Kaylee Underwood; great grandchildren, Charlii and Boone; sister, Trudy Thomas; brother-in-law, Rick (Cheri) Schaffner; and sister-in-law, Debbie Schaffner.

James is preceded in death by his siblings, Kenneth Underwood, Dorothy Shelton, Maribelle Powers, Joan Huard, and Neal E. Underwood; infant sister, Judy; and parents.

A funeral service officiated by Rev. Clara Kwon will take place at 10:30 AM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the JOHNSON-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 207 S. Main St., Baltimore, OH, 43105. Burial will follow the service in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Family and friends may visit from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the funeral home on Wednesday. A live stream of the funeral will take place at 10:30 AM Thursday on the Frank E. Smith Funeral Home Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to the Thurston United Methodist Church, P O Box 64, Thurston, OH 43157, or to FairHoPe Hospice, 282 Sells Rd., Lancaster, OH 43130.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Johnson-Smith Funeral Home Chapel

207 South Main Street, Baltimore, OH 43105

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Funeral Service

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Starts at 10:30 am (Eastern time)

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