John D. Hedgepath

LORDSTOWN — John Douglas “Doug” Hedgepath, 70, of Lordstown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Doug was born March 12, 1947, in Sturgis, Ky., the son of the late John and Katherine Wilson Hedgepath. He has lived in Lordstown for the past 20 years and was formerly of Newton Falls.

Doug married the former Karen Eileen Westover on Oct. 10, 1997. Doug and Karen have been blessed with 19 years of marriage. Doug retired in 1999 after 30 years as a tow motor operator for the Lordstown GM fab plant.

Doug was a member of the Glenn Christian Church in Southington and the 1714 Union GM Fab Plant. He enjoyed woodworking, camping and watching Nascar, old Westerns, “Gunsmoke” and “Pawn Stars.” Doug was also an old car enthusiast; he attended many car shows over the years.

Loving memories of Doug will be carried on by his wife, Karen Hedgepath of Lordstown; daughters, Sandy (Jim) Thomas and Stacy (Jeff) Slaton of Morganfield, Ky., Kathy Dennis of Lake Bay, Wash. and Brenda (Jamie) Duncan of Brookfield; stepsons, Michael Grimm and Dale (Dianne) Grimm of Lordstown; sisters, Sarah Courtney of Henderson, Ky., Judy Snyder of Sturgis, Ky. and Polly Buckan of Indiana; brothers, Darrell Hedgepath of Sturgis, Ky., Larry Hedgepath of Decoven, Ky. and Richie Jones of Sturgis, Ky.; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby, Danny and Mickey; and sisters, Patsy and Gracie Ricketts.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 9, 2017, at James Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Doug will be laid to rest at Lordstown Cemetery.

The family requests that donations may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 9775 Rockside Road Suite 270, Valley View, OH 44125.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, OH 44444, 330-872-5440.

Family and friends may view Doug’s obituary online or to send condolences to his family, please visit

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