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James Smith Vanos

July 9, 1926 July 6, 2019
James Smith Vanos
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Obituary for James Smith Vanos

James Smith Vanos of Dublin Ohio passed away Saturday July 6th at The University of Michigan Hospital Ann Arbor MI surrounded by his family. He was 93 years old.

Jim was born in Chicago and grew up on his grandfathers farm in Corinth Mississippi. After high school in 1944 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving in Scouts and Raiders in WWII. He attended Roosevelt College in Chicago and relocated to Columbus Ohio in 1953 after marrying his wife Vivian.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, he is survived by his daughter Sally Fielding, and son James Vanos, Grandsons Nevada (Julia) & Christmas Fielding, granddaughters Guinness and Pippa Vanos, Son-in-law Jerry Fielding, Brother-in-law Glenn McNutt, Sister-in-law Marcie Lewis. He was a devoted father and friend. Jim was a successful business man founding Vanos Sales Ent. in 1970 and developed Twin Oaks Golf Course. He was and avid golfer, fisherman, and small game hunter. Playing golf and Hickory Hills Golf Course and Muirfield Village Golf Club. Fished at Pickwick Lake Tennessee and pheasant hunting in South Dakota. He had many interests and pursued all of them with great enthusiasm. He was and active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He will be sorely missed. Jim’s final resting place will be Iuka Cemetery, Ikua Mississippi.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

For further information phone 810-229-2905 or visit

Memorial Contribution

Wounded Warrior Project

PO Box 758517
Topeka, KS 66675

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