James R. Kidman, 82, of Granite City, Ill., born May 16, 1931, in East Lansing, Mich., passed away at 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Stearns Nursing and Rehabilitation in Granite City, Ill.
Mr. Kidman retired from SIGMA Chemical in St. Louis after 34 years of dedicated service as a senior plant engineer. The United State Air Force veteran proudly served his country during the Korean War. He had a special love of motorcycles and was a lifetime member of The American Motorcyclist Association and The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association. He was also a member of St. Peter Evangelical United Church of Christ in Granite City.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Verna Marie "Skip", nee Werner, Kidman, whom he married on March 28, 1959, and who died Oct. 30, 2010; parents, Carl M. and Mable, nee Kizer, Kidman; and two sisters, Betty J. Lockwood and Loriana Bell Molene.
Surviving are his daughter, Carol A. Kidman of Granite City; a son, William M. Kidman of Edwardsville; a sister, Marcelean Weaver of Okemes, Mich.; and a grandson in Missouri.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter Evangelical Church or to the Granite City A.P.A. and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the funeral home with Rev. Aaron Ban officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 6, 2014