Dr. James E. Key

June 17, 1937March 2, 2018

Dr. James E. Key, 80, of Lancaster passed away peacefully on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at the Fairfield Medical Center. He was born in Dothan, Alabama on June 17th, 1937 to the late Clarence and Mamie Lou Key.

He enjoyed spending time with his children, and is survived by; Vangie (Paul) Alford, Kim (Jason) Clark and Lori (Brian) Lawson; the joy of his life was his seven grandchildren, Joel (Karen) Clark, Derek (Gabrielle) Clark, Julia Clark, Kelly Alford, Tim Alford, Aaron Lawson and Kristen Lawson; sisters, Chris (Roger) Gathers, and Clarice (Vernon) Waymire; brother, John Key; and he is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 56 years, Sharon Key; and sister, Dorothy Buchanan. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 7th, 2018 at 11AM at Faith Memorial Church with Pastor Mel Truex officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends and family may call from 10-11AM at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made out to Camp Sychar for the James and Sharon Key Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 146, Hubbard, Ohio 44425.

Arrangements are under the direction of Halteman-Fett & Dyer Funeral Home.


  • Camp Sychar-James and Sharon Key Memorial Fund



  • Visitation Wednesday, March 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 7, 2018


  • Burial

Dr. James E. Key

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Jay & Martha (Shiltz) Priest

March 7, 2018

We knew Dr. Jim from Camp Sychar for many years. We always enjoyed talking with him and appreciated his gentle spirit. Our condolences to his children, grandchildren and siblings. His passing will leave a hole in your hearts but if you know and love his Jesus, you and we will see him again.

Michael and Linda Woodward

March 6, 2018

Dr. Key was our family doctor from 1974 until he retired. He was kind, compassionate, and had a good sense of humor. We trusted his advice and appreciated his professionalism. He will be remembered with fondness. We send our sympathy to the family. ~ The Woodward family

Katie Ayers

March 6, 2018

Dr. Key will be greatly missed, i had him as a Dr. and he was an excellent Dr. to me. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and i will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers through this difficult time

Julie Donahue-Cordle

March 5, 2018

Dr. Key was a very special part of mine and my family's life. He actually deliverd me back in 1971 and my family had doctored with him even before then. He was always so kind and his gentle smile always had a way of easing your worrries! He was such a wonderful doctor who never seemed rushed and always took his time to listen. Both my parents were heartbroken when he retired. I had since left Lancaster and I'm still looking for a doctor to fill his shoes. You can't find a doctor like he was, he will be sadly missed. My sincere condolences go out to his family during this difficult time.

John & Margaret Burgess

March 5, 2018

What a wonderful physician and a gentle attentive man. He was Our family doctor from 1978 until his retirement, almost 40 years.

Margaret and I always appreciated his gentile demeanor.
We really miss him.

God bless Dr. Key

Lloyd and Betty Wasem

March 5, 2018

Dr. Key was a wonderful Christian gentleman and a great Dr. We pray for your family and your loss. He was always a comfort as he treated our illnesses and was always so happy when we saw him out supporting his grandchildren's school performances. Blessings!

Doris Staten

March 5, 2018

Dr. Key was such a wonderful dr. and friend. He was our family dr. for about 40 years and we loved that guy a lot. He was so caring and easy going. So sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers.

Jeff,Joyce Jackson

March 5, 2018

He was a wonderfull man.He will be sadley missed.Our prayers go out to the family.

Richard and Diane Perry

March 5, 2018

Vangie, Kim, and Lori along with each of your families, aunts, uncles and cousins:

Our human nature is to be saddened with the news of your loved one now being separated from all of us, but now waiting for that Great Reunion.

We share multiple memories with this dear family and of years long before the union of Jim and Sharon. It all started when we were neighbors in Van Wert, Ohio. This was the beginning of a friendship that never had been severed.

All of you have our deepest sympathy and continued prayers for the family in these day that are ahead.

We love you, dearly
Richard and Diane Perry

Mary Jo McConville

March 5, 2018

May you know that GOD has your father (and mother) wrapped tightly in HIS arms.. I am heartbroken for you.. your parents were wonderful .. I feel Blessed to have known them!