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James Edward "Jim" Niemeyer, 80, of Elkhart, and formerly of Evansville, passed away at home January 15, surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on January 6, 1937, in Teutopolis, IL to the late Arthur and Genevieve (Thoele) Niemeyer. In addition to his parents, his brother, Melvin Pat Niemeyer, preceded Jim in death. Jim married Elizabeth Jane Betty Kessler on August 29, 1959, in Ste. Marie, Ill. She survives along with three daughters; Jennifer (Josh) Wakeman of Elkhart; Janet (Dan) Frasca of Hinsdale, Ill; and Joan (Bill) Brandt of Petaluma, Calif.; one son, John (Tami) Niemeyer of Beverly Hills, Mich., and 11 grandchildren. Jim received a B.S. degree from St. Josephs College in Rensselaer, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters degree from Purdue University. Jim was a geologist and drilling specialist and retired from Amax Coal Company in Indianapolis, after 20 years of service. Later, he was elected and served as Warrick County Surveyor in southern Indiana. Jim cherished times spent with family, grilling, gardening, and took pride in maintaining a pristine yard. Jim will be honored with a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to the Mass at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church, 1108 S. Main St., Elkhart. Father Zachary Barry will officiate. Arrangements are under the care of Billings Funeral Home, 812 Baldwin St., Elkhart. Expressions of sympathy can be made to the family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 17, 2017
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