JAMES L. AMIDON

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  • "Enjoyed working with Jim. Great sense of humor."
    - Robert Henricks
  • "Melvina Allister"
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JAMES L. AMIDON, 82, of Tallahassee, Fla., passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at Big Bend Hospice. Born Jan. 23, 1936, in Greenville, Mich., one of three children he was a son of the late Harvey A. and Evelyn Kraft Amidon. He attended Kalamazoo College and served two years in the United States Army, 1958 from 1960, with the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany. He spent his 40-year career working in a variety of safety, engineering, and environmental positions in Georgia, Indiana, and Arkansas with Central Soya and Tyson Foods, from which he retired. His work took him to at least 35 states and several foreign countries. At various times, he was an active member of Moose and Elks lodges. He married Jo Ann Clark on July 1, 1961, and they celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2011 in Sanibel, Fla., before she passed away in 2014. Together they raised four sons, William (Laurie) of Chugiak, Alaska, Steven (Dixi) of Big Lake, Alaska, James Jr. (Christine) of Crawfordsville, Ind., and Frank of Tallahassee, Fla. Jo and Jim were fabulous entertainers known for throwing day-long parties for friends, families, and people they knew from their daily interactions. They never met a stranger, and some of their fondest friendships were made when meeting people at Costco, a bank, or at the table next to them at a restaurant. They enjoyed traveling to Alaska, Indiana, and wherever their grandchildren played sports, sang in musicals, or fished in streams. He is also survived by his six grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Eleanor; and brother, Allen. A private celebration of his life will be held at a later time. The family extends its sincere gratitude, love, and respect to the caring and compassionate staff at Big Bend Hospice, and asks that memorial donations be made to it in Mr. Amidon's name at https://www.bigbendhospice.org/donate. Susie Mozolic of Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements. www.bevisfh.com (850)385-2193
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 18, 2018
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