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James Shelmadine, 72

October 29, 2010

James “Jim” Leroy Shelmadine Sr., 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 in Lawton, Okla. Born Aug. 14, 1938 in Columbia City, he was a son of Ray and Ruth (Underwood) Shelmadine.

He entered service with the United States Marine Corps Aug. 31, 1955 at Fort Wayne, and was honorably discharged Aug. 28, 1959 at Patuxent River, Md. Jim traveled Thailand, Japan and other countries as a cross country prisoner chaser. He then transferred to the Ninth Marine Corps Reserve and Recruitment District. Jim received the Good Conduct Medal.

On Sept. 16, 1958 he married Janelle Pocowatchit in Lexington Park, Md. Jim enjoyed working in the yard, landscaping, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Jim loved to spend his time with kids, old folks and animals. In his younger years, he had all kinds of critters including raccoons, horses, his dogs, raising cattle and pigs.

Survivors include his wife, Janelle Shelmadine of Fort Wayne; two sons and their spouses, Jim (Ruth) Shelmadine, Jr. of Arcola and Scott (Samantha Birk) Shelmadine of Columbia City; five grandchildren, Haley Shelmadine, Nakaia Coburn, Jeremy Shelmadine, Leslie Brooke Shelmadine and Charleann Ratkowski; two sisters, Willodene Saner of Silver Lake and Connie Miller of Springfield, Ohio; three brothers, Ray Shelmadine of Mexico, Ind., Richard Shelmadine of Fort Wayne and Ron Shelmadine of Columbia City.

In addition to his parents, Ray and Ruth Shelmadine, he was preceded in death by a son, Todd Shelmadine; mother-in-law, May Cable; sisters, Joann, Alice, Fern, and Faye; and a brother, Max.

Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Funeral service is 1 p.m. Monday, at the funeral home with Pastor Curtiss Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Nolt Cemetery, Columbia City. Visit to send family condolences or to sign the guest register.

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