SIDNEY - James "Jim" Wilson Norris, age 94, of Dorothy Love Retirement Community in Sidney, formerly of Piqua, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Dorothy Love.
He was born July 5, 1919 to the late Roy E. and Maple M. (Wilson) Norris in Washington, IN. He attended schools in Washington, IN and received his military training at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, IN. In 1940 Jim married Mary A. Brennan and they had one child, Judith in 1942. Mary passed away in 1996, after nearly 56 years of marriage and Judith passed away in 2010.
In 2001 Mr. Norris married Jetta (Kerns) Hudson and she survives. In his early years Jim held various jobs and in 1942 he was employed by the B&O Railroad where he retired in 1980 after 38-1/2 years. While on the railroad he held several positions, including Machinist, Shop Foreman, Diesel Electric Supervisor, Assistant General Foreman and I.C.C. Inspector.
He also served on the Fire Department, as a Shop Committeeman and on the Safety Committee. In addition, Jim was a member of the Covington Presbyterian Church; the Troy Senior Center; the Sidney Senior Center; the American Art Correspondence Exchange (A.C.E.) Club; the Troy Moose: the Troy Eagles; and a lifetime member of the International Association of Machinist (I.A.M.) Union.
Preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Mary; daughter, Judith Fogt; 1 great grandson; and 3 sisters, Mickey Nairn, Wilma Delisle, and Betty Albertson.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jetta Hudson Norris; 2 grandchildren, James Fogt and his wife of St. Louis, MO and Stephanie and her husband, Craig D'Ephanio of Fairfield; 5 great grandchildren, Tory, Tony, Tara, and Jenna D'Ephanio, and Emma Fogt; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Lois Norris of Kentland, IN; 3 stepsons and their wives, Michael and Sandra Hudson of MT, Tim and Pat Hudson of Atlanta, GA, and Steve and Sonja Hudson of Boise, ID; and other relatives and friends.
Funeral Service will be held Monday, August 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at the Covington Presbyterian Church, 30 N. Pearl St., Covington, OH with Pastor Greg Kurtz officiating. Interment Forest Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday 2-5 p.m. at Bridges-Stocker-Fraley Funeral Home, Covington. If desired, contributions may be made to the Covington Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.stockerfraley.com.
Bridges Stocker Fraley Funeral Home
160 N. High St., PO Box 280
Covington, OH 45318