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James W. Trainor

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FAIRFIELD - James W. "Jim" Trainor, 88, a Navy veteran, died of natural causes Saturday at a Great Falls nursing home.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. March 20 at St. John's Catholic Church in Fairfield, with burial of ashes in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Gorder Funeral Home of Choteau is in charge of arrangements.
Jim was born in Great Falls, Mont., on Sept. 22, 1921, to May and Pat Trainor of Lowery, Mont.; the second son of eight children. He attended schools in Fairfield, Fort Shaw and Simms, Mont.
He married Ida Lucille "Lucy" Price on May 31, 1938, in Fort Benton, Mont. Lucy passed away in May 2003, just six days short of their 65th wedding anniversary.
Jim served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a machinist mate on the Cape Espaerance. It was assigned to the Pacific Fleet carrying the new aircraft out and returning with airplanes in need of repairs. The ship was bombed and with a collective effort was able to limp into Pearl Harbor for repairs.
He worked at the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash., and he farmed on his father-in-law's farm in Simms, as well as dry land farming with his brothers, Melvin and John, on a farm they rented near Fairfield. He also worked as a welder and auto mechanic at the Ford and Chevrolet garages in Fairfield and Anderson Moore Chevrolet in Simms. In addition, he worked at Pacific Hide and Fur in Great Falls and the Greenfield Irrigation District, retiring in 1984.
Jim was a longtime member of the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department, VFW and the American Legion.
He is survived by children: Mary Ann Curtiss of Great Falls, Mont., James D. "Jimmy" Trainor of Helena, Mont., Betty Bulik and Pat Trainor of Fairfield, Mont., Rose Curtiss of Great Falls and Lillian Birden of Kokamo, Ind.; a brother, Melvin Trainor of Anaconda, Mont.; and sisters, Katherine Mittlesteadt of Great Falls and Anne Griffin of Tallahassee, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Lucy, he was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Trainor; and three sisters, Mary Trainor, Sadie Dagel and Mae Price.
Jim was never one to just sit around inside. He was always more comfortable being outside, whether it was tinkering on his collection of old cars or just walking in the outdoors. He enjoyed all kinds of animals…there was usually a dog by his side in his later years.
Memorials are suggested to the Fairfield Volunteer Fire Department; Bright Eyes Animal Rehab in Choteau, Mont.; or to a charity of the donor's choice.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Mar. 12, 2010
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