James Staples, 82

James L. Staples, 82, of Columbia City, died at 4:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, 2014, at his home.He was born May 21, 1931, in Columbia City, a son of Aileen Staples. He completed his education at Columbia City High School.On Oct. 24, 1953. he was united in marriage to Ida Mae Mitchell. They made their home in Columbia City and then Chicago for 20 years before returning to Columbia City in 1973. Mrs. Staples died March 20, 2008.He was employed at Illinois Central Railroad, Santa Fe Railroad, Safety-Kleen Corporation and Essex Wire.An U.S. Army veteran, he was a member of American Legion Post #98, V.F.W. Post #5582 and Elks.Surviving relatives include a son, James S. Staples; a niece, Patricia Pontius; and caregivers, Chris and Debbie Birchum, all of Columbia City.In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Staples.The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Nolt Cemetery. The visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to the Humane Society of Whitley County.Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.