James (Jim) Wilson DuMond Sr. left his family on earth to join those in heaven on Aug. 22, 2014, in Manhattan, surrounded by family. He was described as "A man who wore many hats and had thousand stories to tell."
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Jim was born Sept. 19, 1935, in West Carroll, Pennsylvania, to his parents Eugene and Margaret (Dunsworth) DuMond. He enlisted in the USMC in 1953 to serve his country during the Korean War. After two years of active duty, he served as a reservist in the Marine Corps until 1961 and then the Marine Corps League until his passing.
Upon his honorable discharge from active duty, Jim began his 39-year career with the Bell Telephone Company, where he worked as lineman. Jim was involved in many projects though his years, having installed the first microwave tower in Los Angeles, California, and later plowing fiber optic lines across the state and later the nation when he started a second career with Northern Line Layers.
Jim eventually retired and moved to Martinsdale, Montana, where he enjoyed numerous hunting and fishing adventures. As an avid outdoorsman, he had a deep respect for the earth and all its treasures. Jim was also a well-experienced handyman, he always seemed to have that one nut or bolt everyone needed, so his shop soon became lovingly referred to as "Lowes" by his friends.
Jim was also a proud and active Freemason in the Lavina and Pryor Mountain Lodges and had joined the Scottish Rite, where he served on the director's staff for the Al Bedoo Shrine.
Jim was preceded in death by his father, Eugene; mother, Margaret; and sister, Doris Jean (Eldred). He is survived by his daughter, Valerie Jean (DuMond) Scheafer of Bozeman; his son, Dr. James Wilson DuMond Jr. of Hyde Park, New York; and grandson, Tyson Colby Scheafer of Bozeman.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a memorial in memory of Mr. James W. DuMond Sr. to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 911 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Billings at the Shrine, 1125 Broadwater Ave., in the Mt. Lodge room.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 26, 2014