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James Kevin Earp
James Kevin EarpLawJames Kevin Earp, 61 of Milford Center, died peacefully March 10, 2021 at the James Cancer hospital after an extended battle with cancer.

He was born March 13, 1959 in Fairmont, West Virginia, the son of the late Shirley Mae (Burnett) Shaffer and James Francy Earp. †He is survived by his wife, Pamela (Wenning) Earp whom he married June 20, 1987; son Stephen Earp, Milford Center; brother Gregory (Ellen) Earp, Grove City; and niece Susan Earp as well as uncles, aunts, cousins and other extended family members.

Kevinís younger years were spent in Fairmont, West Virginia, Washington Court House, and Columbus. Kevin graduated from The Ohio State University with a Business Degree and spent many years working for the university. He later attended school at Ohio Northern University and received a Doctorate in Law. Kevin maintained a private practice law office in Ohio for a short time and then moved to Prescott Valley, Arizona where he worked in child law for the state Attorney Generalís office. He loved practicing law and fighting for kids. Then he began writing cozy mysteries, publishing 5 books, and establishing himself as an author with a loyal following that clamored for more books.

Kevin loved his family, adventuring, learning new things, trying new hobbies, talking with people, fishing, and Arizona. He was a member of the Richwood Church of Christ and served on multiple mission trips to the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Show Low, Arizona. He never met a stranger and never shied away from a challenge. Kevin never hesitated to stand up for what he believed was right. He was always looking for new ways to use the many talents God had given him and would go boldly where he was led. Because of that, his life impacted others across the United States.

A celebration of life ceremony will be held at a later date.

Memorial Gifts may be given to Without Reservations Ministries, P.O. Box 486, Show Low, AZ 85902 (or through Givelify.com), Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 98018, Washington, DC 20090-8018

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#1 from: Dustin Sallaz
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:29 PM

Kevin you will be missed! I will always remember you and our many conversations that we had and also attending Prescott Christian Church with you, and our after church brunches. Thank you for everything you have done and such an impact you made on others. May you forever Rest In Peace with God.

#2 from: Nadine Mcgee
Prescott, Arizona
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:41 PM

Kevin, my friend and colleague. The first one in the courts that made me feel like part of the team. I miss our chats and your stories. I always admired the true kindness you shared with everyone, even those that didnít seem to deserve or appreciate it. I was blessed to be able to call you my friend. You are missed.

#3 from: Lisa Rorris
Columbus Ohio
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:45 PM

Kevin you were an amazing individual and such a talented author. I was so excited as each new book came out and equally excited when you signed them for me. Your knowledge of just about every topic was impressive. I enjoyed our paranormal research and investigations. Rest In Peace my friend.

#4 from: Jeff and Barb
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 2:55 PM

Pam and Stephen,
We are so sorry for your loss. No words to help you but our God will hear our prayers and bring your comfort.
Jeff and Barb Swartz

#5 from: Michelle Moone
Grove City, OH
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 3:12 PM

Sending Kevin's family my deepest sympathies and condolences. May you always cherish loving memories. Kevin was a true gift to the world.

Rest in peace, Kevin, and God speed.

#6 from: Judge Rick Rodger
Marysville, Ohio
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 3:29 PM

Iím sorry to hear of Kevinís passing.   Over the years, have been involved in many hearings with Kevin and found him always to be reasonable and easy to work with.   He will be missed.    

#7 from: Joe sloop
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 3:33 PM

So sorry to hear prayers for the family .

#8 from: Diana Jordan
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 4:12 PM

Pam & Steven, I am so sorry for your loss. No words can help but please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#9 from: Tammie Levings
Richwood Ohio
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 4:25 PM

Pam and Steve, I am so heartbroken for you.  Kevin was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by so many.  Myself and family included. I will always remember him being a friend.  He was so wise and so caring. Always had such great stories to share.  Rest in peace my friend!

#10 from: Ken Burkard
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 5:40 PM

Dear PAM and Steven,
I am so sorry to see about your loss, my heart goes out to you, my friends. Ken

#11 from: Nancy George
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 5:43 PM

Pam and Stephen:  So sorry for your loss.  Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

#12 from: Rita Rubeck Headington Parker
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:29 PM

With my sincere sympathy to Pam and Steven.  Always enjoyed Kevin's smile and kind words.

#13 from: Virg and Jani Rankin
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:42 PM

Pam and Steven, words cannot express  how my heart hurts for you.  You will be in our prayers💕🙏🏻

#14 from: Ken & Sharrie Cox
Ostrander ohio
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 6:56 PM

Pam & Stephen,  We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you! Our hearts ache for you!  Ken & Sharrie

#15 from: Brian & Debbie Gordon
Prescott Valley, AZ
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 7:35 PM

Words fail to express our deep sorrow for your loss. Your beloved Kevin was an extraordinary man who loved his family. Followed & honored God. Had a deep sense of conviction for right & wrong. Know we are thinking about you. Sending healing prayers & comforting hugs. May you feel comforted by Godís Holy Spirit during this difficult time.

#16 from: Merry Smith
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 10:14 PM

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.  Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

#17 from: Marilyn Coleman
Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 10:38 PM

Pam and Steven,
I really enjoyed shooting the breeze with Kevin. He was my instructor for my cc permit. I enjoy our conversations at RCC. So sorry for your loss. You will meet again. Hugs

#18 from: Ken Burkard
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:33 AM

Dear PAM and Steven,
I am so sorry to see about your loss, my heart goes out to you, my friends. Ken

#19 from: Nancy Clute Wiley
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 7:49 AM

Pam and Steven,  I am so sorry for your loss.  My heart is hurting for you.  Kevin was a wonderful blessing to so many and his love for the Lord was passed on to others.  I enjoyed his books and looked forward to the next one.  He was a very special person and will be missed.  May God give you strength.

#20 from: Deborah Wright
Marion, Ohio
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 9:02 AM

Pam & Steven lifting you up in prayer!  I so enjoyed getting to know your family and spending time with Kevin playing cards and chatting. He was certainly a passionate and caring soul that will be missed. Love and hugs!

#21 from: April Nelson
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Kevin and I first met at the Andrews House Legal Clinic before the move to AZ. He was a faithful volunteer and took our model to the Hope Center in Marysville, recruiting volunteer lawyers, before his and your move away. We reconnected when he moved back to this area and became a CASA with Juveile Court's program (serving Union and Delaware County). When he stepped down due to increasing health issues, he was in the the Delaware office with Tammy Mathias, CASA director and saw my name on the office across the hallway. "Does April still work here?" Yes. Tammy came to me afterwards and asked if it was okay to reconnect us, mentioning Kevin had multiple myeloma, as do I. Reconnect us? Heck yes!! What a gift: reconnecting with Kevin.

We managed one lunch together (a second one planned never happened as the pandemic shut us all down) talking long and enthusiastically about the law (his career path, my career path), about writing (he was so much farther along than I was), about our families (oh, how he loved his family: you were ever present in his thoughts and heart), and, of course, myeloma. We emailed back and forth after that--about writing, about woodcarving (again, he was light years beyond me), about fishing, and, of course, about myeloma.

Kevin was always, ALWAYS ready to reach out to others looking for reassurance and advice for a new diagnosis of myeloma. even though he had so many struggles with it, he was unstinting with his time and care. It reminded me of his practice as a lawyer: always, ALWAYS ready to reach out to help others.

I was devastated when I learned of his death. It's not as if those of us with cancer fool ourselves as to what is ahead, but it hurts all the same. Kevin was a huge loss.

Pamela and Stephen, who I never meet but knew all about (!), may your many, many memories of Kevin and his love for you bring you comfort.

#22 from: Ken Burkard
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 11:13 AM

Dear PAM and Steven,
I am so sorry to see about your loss, my heart goes out to you, my friends. Ken

#23 from: Nancy Beckholt
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 12:13 PM

Dear Pam and Stephen I am praying for you both during this difficult time. Kevin was a remarkable man who brought joy to everyone he knew. Hope you feel the circle of love around you. My heartfelt sympathy for your loss.

#24 from: Dick George
Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 5:38 PM

I always enjoyed talking with Kevin. He had a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share. He will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

#25 from: Dan and Jacquie Peterson
Prescott Valley, AZ
Sun, Mar 14, 2021 at 1:25 PM

Our prayers for you and Stephen. We love you both, the family God gave us, and we are grateful always for the gift of the friendship of you and Kevin.

#26 from: McIntosh Family
Fairmont West Virginia
Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 8:43 AM

Our deepest sympathy.... thoughts and prayers

#27 from: Brent & Kim Chapman
Mon, Mar 15, 2021 at 3:07 PM

Pam & Stephen,
Our hearts are breaking for you & your loss.  Please accept our heartfelt sympathies and prayers. We pray that God's love and all the wonderful memories bring you comfort today, tomorrow, and also in the days, weeks, and months ahead.  Always enjoyed conversations with Kevin.

#28 from: Robin King
Waldorf Md
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:21 AM

Kevin and I  were childhood friends in Fairmont Wv.  Our families attended the same church.  I remember a smart, funny and thoughtful boy with dark hair and a big heart.  I feel bless to have known him. Please accept my deepest sympathy.  

#29 from: Shari E Heinrich
Westerville, OH
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:41 AM

I knew Kevin only a brief time, through the Ohio Writers Guild. He was so kind, offering to give me another beta read of my young adult paranormal, because I was revamping it significantly. He had barely known me, yet he offered that commitment. That showed me the giving person he was, not to mention the leadership role he had taken with Ohio Writers Guild. To all Kevin's family and friends, may you remember his smile, his kindness, his spirt.

#30 from: Tamma (Drummond) Melton
Monterville, WV
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 9:47 AM

Kevin & I shared homeroom & band together at Miller Jr. High in Fairmont, WV. He was such a sweet, thoughtful guy with a beautiful smile & great personality. My condolences to his family & friends.

#31 from: Kim (Gardner) Masteller
Canal Winchester
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 11:22 AM

Dear Pam,

I was so shocked and saddened to see Kevin's obituary- he left us way too soon.  Although life takes us in different directions and its been years since we have seen each other, you and Kevin have always been in my thoughts.  I remember the good times and laughs we had; loved visiting you at your place in Richwood.  May the love of family and friends bring you peace during this time of sorrow.  Kim (Gardner) and Rodd Masteller

#32 from: Marge Hall
Galena Ohio
Tue, Mar 16, 2021 at 10:38 PM

Pam, so sorry to read about Kevin.  I remember the fun times in Ag Adm years ago.  Reflect on the wonderful memories you have and know you were loved.

#33 from: Shirley Willis
Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 2:19 PM

How well I remember Kevinís soft-spoken manner and gentle ways. It was always clear to us at the Prescott writersí group, Suspicious Characters, that he was a man of deep honor and passions. We miss him terribly.

#34 from: Nancy Glass Wiley
Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 7:28 PM

Pam and Stephen,  Thinking of you as you move forward during this difficult time.

#35 from: Carol Barr
Thu, Mar 18, 2021 at 9:39 PM

Pam and Stephen, we are so sorry to hear about Kevin. He was always so nice to me. Prayers for you and your family.

#36 from: Sally Earp Niezgoda
Fairmont, WV
Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 9:54 AM

I remember when he was born.
Words can't express our sadness that he is no longer with us. Amazing man.

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