Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

James C. “J.C.” Viars

James C. “J.C.” Viars, age 82, of Mansfield, died Monday, August 24, 2020 at Avita Hospital in Ontario.

J.C. was born on May 23, 1938 in Soldier, KY to the late Taylor and Marie (Cundiff) Viars. He was a milkman for Fleming’s Dairy in Utica, worked for Chattanooga Glass in Mt. Vernon, and retired from Copperweld in Shelby after 31 years. J.C. was a member of the Shelby Masonic Lodge #350 F&AM. Together with his friends and family, he enjoyed gambling at the casino, playing golf, hunting, and fishing. J.C. was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and will be missed by many.

On April 3, 1995 J.C. married Anita (Whited) Viars and she survives. Also surviving are 5 children: Kathy (Doug) Justice of Galion, Suzie Viars of Shelby, Jeff (Tina) Viars of Lexington, Steve Viars of Belleville, and Mike (fiancé Jennifer Stacy) Viars of Mansfield; 3 step-daughters: Jill (Art) Stum of Mansfield, Tabitha Landin of Galion, and Jaime (fiancé Justin Webster) Kizer of Bucyrus; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 3 siblings: Vaughn Viars of Morehead, KY, Phyllis Viars of Ontario, and Madge McBroom of Bellevue; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to his parents, J.C. is preceded in death by his first wife, Muriel (Horne) Viars in 1988; 2 grandchildren: Rachel Viars and Colton Viars; step-daughter: Teresa Johnson; and siblings: Joyce Kimmet, Mabel Viars, Kern Viars, Beardy Viars, and Wanda Knapp.

Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 4-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 10:30 am. Rev. Benjamin Patrick will officiate and burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and left in care of the funeral home.

Due to the current COVID-19 circumstances, both the family and the funeral home wish that everyone remains safe. Therefore, we ask that visitors be mindful of current restrictions and pay respects appropriately and promptly, without linger.

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Memories & Condolence

  1. Margie Martin says:

    Our sincere sympathy to you all ! He was a character ! RIP J.C. !
    Bill and Margie Martin

  2. Jason Rule says:

    Sad to hear about Uncle “JC”! I know he was always good for a lot of laughs at family events and his humor will live on. His legacy will live on through everyone he was in contact with, especially his family,. God Speed and Rest Peacefully!
    Jason & Yvonne Rule

  3. Birdie McCane says:

    So sorry to hear this. I was grateful to be able to meet JC and the rest of the family.. Deepest condolences to you all. Will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. Bobbi Kimble says:

    I love you Uncle JC……I wish I could’ve had more time with you. Tell my father I send my love, until we meet again, your memories stay forever in my heart.

  5. Rob & Cathy says:

    Kathy and Doug are deepest condolences to you and your family in the loss of your beloved Father. May God Bless you during these difficult times.

  6. Ruthie says:

    I didn’t know JC, but sounds like he was a lot like his sister Madge whom I have known since I was a little girl. So sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers sent for comfort.

  7. Lillian Coulson says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of my brother in law JC. My deepest condolences to the entire family. To my sister I love you lots and Sending you Hugs and prayers. RIP JC

  8. Rob and Cathy says:

    Kathy, Doug and family
    Our deepest condolences on the lost of your beloved Father. May God bless you during these difficult times.

  9. Arthur Stum(Jill Stum) says:

    To A Very Respectful Man,I Will All ways Respect You And Remember All The Good Times We Had ,All The Jokes You Told, May God Bless You And The
    Family,At These Hard Times,I Will Deeply Miss You,May You Rest In Peace.

    Arthur J Stum,(Jill Stum )

  10. Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Amburgey says:

    Sorry for your loss.

  11. Kim Harkness says:

    Our prayers & peaceful blessings go out to My Aunt Nita & family & Uncle JC’s family , you were greatly loved & will be sadly missed . Thank you for loving my Aunt & RIP I will miss you My Goombah , love Kimmie & family .

  12. Denise Fuller says:

    Prayers to the families at this time. So many laughs and fond memories of this wonderful man. May god bless you.

  13. Jimmy and Ruthie Frazier says:

    So very sorry for your families loss. May God bless you all during this difficult time. RIP J.C.

  14. Rob Williams says:

    JC was a great neighbor, when he wasn’t stealing my tomatoes or arguing with my wife , Jodi.
    Seriously, I will miss him greatly. He has helped me out many times through the last 27 years.
    I got to see him tease and argue with a lot of people. His way of showing affection, I think.
    God speed JC
    My condolences to the family

  15. Shelley Fulton says:

    I’m grateful to have uncle JC in our family. We shared a lot of laughs and drumstick ice cream. I always enjoyed him and his laugh was the best. Prayers to everyone

  16. Amy Albert Brown and Helene Albert says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, your family is in our prayers.

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