Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


Richard R. James, 80, of Wooster passed away due to Myelo Fibrosis Wednesday, July 3, 2024 at Akron General Hospital.

He was born on October 24, 1943, in Wooster to Virgil and Jesse Shelly James.  On June 21, 1986 he married Barbara J. Jenkins.  She survives.

Richard worked as a receiving stock keeper at Rexroth for 34 years where he retire on December 18, 1998.  Richard was a skilled woodworker and craftsman, enjoyed fishing, was an avid reader, and God-fearing man, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

In addition, to his wife Barbara he is survived by his children Shelly Ramga of Wooster, Shane Campbell of Fredericksburg, Shoana Adkins of Wooster, and Shawn Campbell of Wooster; grandchildren Dakota Winstead-Campbell, Piper Adkins, Trish Ramga, Maya Campbell, and Reece Campbell; great grandchildren Nicholas Ramga, and Jaylee Adkins; siblings Dolly Mann of Wooster, Evelyn Musselman of Apple Creek, and a twin brother Robert (Jean) James of Fredericksburg.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Bonnie Wade James, on December 12, 1984, and siblings Virginia McCarrick, Forrest James, and Francis James.

There are to be no services.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Wayne County Public Library, 220 W. Liberty St. Wooster Ohio 44691.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home = 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


  1. Dick, you were always there to help me when I needed something. Many times you worked on my lawn mowers or various broken things. You even crawled through the dirt under my deck when I first got Tator and fastened barriers all around so he couldn’t get under there and get hurt. You and Tator became the best of friends. He always looked for you when I left him outside. You and Barb are the reason I now go to a solid Bible preaching church at Sovereign Word Baptist. You and Barb have been like parents to me offering wisdom and guidance. I will miss you greatly. I know I will once again see you as you are now with our Lord and Savior.

  2. I feel so fortunate to have met and spent time with Dick. I loved him like a father. He was always a quiet humble man. He could surprise you with his humor, which always made me laugh.
    Dick could fix anything. He was such a smart man. He was really good at trivia too when the family played. It was a plus if you were on his team.
    I had so much respect for Dick. I will miss him greatly.
    My deepest condolences to his wonderful loving family.

  3. Rest in peace, Dick. You & I had many laughs together. I still have the wooden replica of the “LOST” fixture you made…………Barb, I recall meeting you at the library…………You have lost a good one……………….

  4. Dick was always a great neighbor. Willing to help with anything, or just have a friendly talk. He was a good Christian example. We love you Barb and are praying for you!

  5. Evelyn, I am so sorry for your loss – you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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