James Benjamin Knowlton, 91, of Nelson, passed away suddenly due to an accident on April 26, 2017. He was born on April 11, 1926 in Warren, Ohio to Robert and Beatrice Knowlton. James married the love of his life, Martha Hahn, on February 8, 1947.
He is survived by his wife, Martha; sons, Don Knowlton and Rob (Cheryl) Knowlton both of Champion; daughter, Shirley Hofmeister of Shaker Heights; brother, Dick (Jean) Knowlton of Audubon, Pa. ; sister, Barbara Morgan of Howland; grandchildren, Julie, Kyle, Melissa, Michael, Mark, Cory and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Chuckie, Eliana, Isabella, Patrick, Mackenzie, Cora, Alexis, Ryan, Leah and Andrew.
He worked at Morgan Lumber for over 40 years as a carpenter and later as a CKD and architect. Even after his retirement he continued drawing plans in the area.
Jim loved being outdoors, especially at his cabin in Jamestown, Pa. He spent many hours sailing with friends and family on Pymatuning Lake. He was widely known for his famous sourdough pancakes and even named his sailboat Sourdough.
At home he enjoyed creating things from wood. He turned bowls on his lathe and loved to try new ways to make each piece. He built many treasured items for his family.
In his later years he enjoyed attending the Senior Citizen Social Group in Nelson and having breakfast with his friends.
Visitation was held on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 2-4 PM at Mallory-DeHaven-Carlson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 8382 Center St., Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 and Monday, May 1, 2017 from 10-11 AM at Garrettsville United Methodist Church, 8223 Park Ave, Garrettsville, Ohio 44231 . Services were held on Monday, May 1, 2017, 11 AM at the church with Rev. Richard Thewlis officiating. Burial followed in Harrington cemetery. Online Condolences at www.carlsonfuneralhomes.com.