James E. North

December 05, 1936 - September 13, 2019

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Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel

Thursday, September 19, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City


Thursday, September 19, 11:00 AM
St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City


James E. “Jim” North, 82, of Wolcottville died Friday, September 13, 2019, at his residence.

He was born December 5, 1936, in LaGrange County, to Dale T. and Gladys U. (Reed) North.

On November 8, 1956, in LaGrange he married Sandra L. “Sandy” Heston. She survives in Wolcottville.

Mr. North was a farmer, he also worked in mobile feed service, was a school bus driver for East Noble for 33 years, and retired as the Director for LaGrange County REMC after 43 years.

He honorably served in the U.S. Army in the 11th Airborne Division as a Paratrooper. Often telling stories of teaching basketball to people overseas.

He was a member of St. Gaspar Catholic Church and Rome City American Legion Post 381.

Jim enjoyed playing pinochle, fishing, deer hunting, watching IU basketball and Cubs baseball. He was an avid East Noble fan, driving the bus for away games to watch his kids, grandkids, and school bus kids play in various sporting events. Most of all he loved his family and enjoyed his grandchildren immensely.

Also surviving are four daughters, Lisa (Paul) Nesbitt of Rome City, Lori North of Greenwood, Lindy North of Middlebury, and Jamie (Steve) Wilson of South Bend; ten grandchildren, Whitney Nesbitt, Chaning (Brant) Detter, Bryson Nesbitt, Todd Santiago, Courtnie Santiago, Aurelio “Trey” Santiago, III, Olivia Wilson, Grace Wilson, Alayna Wilson, and Claire Wilson; a great-granddaughter, Blakely Detter; a great-grandchild on the way to which Jim is the only one in the family to know the gender as he was given a “secret” envelope just a few days before his death; and a sister, Mary Mawhorter of British Columbia.

He was preceded in death by a son, Todd R. North; two brothers, Robert North and Harold North; and a sister, Joan Subzda.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Gaspar Catholic Church, Rome City, with Fr. Osman Ramos officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and active duty members of the U.S. Army.

Calling is Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Preferred memorials are to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

View a video tribute after Thursday or share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

Guest Book

June & Tom Beeber
September 18th, 2019 2:27pm

So very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Deborah Wuebbenhorst
September 18th, 2019 2:20pm
Jackson Center, ohio

Many prayers and thoughts to Lindy North and her family.

Kathy Blakely Kaniewski
September 18th, 2019 12:08pm
South Bend

Sorry for your loss. May God give you comfort in this time of grief.

Linda Keck
September 18th, 2019 11:48am

So sorry for your loss.. Hugs an prayers for all!

Duane Leighty
September 18th, 2019 1:42am
Kendallville, IN

Lisa, Paul and family you have my sincere sympathy, what a great guy

Barbara & Jim Watters
September 17th, 2019 11:23pm
Chesterfield, VA

Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy & the family during this time. We have many fond memories of Jim. He was a special person.

Kyle Hollis
September 17th, 2019 9:49pm
Louisville, Kentucky

I'm sorry for your loss Jamie, Jim sounds like a great father. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time.

Angie Miller
September 17th, 2019 8:23pm

Jamie, we have been out west with spotty cell coverage, I am soooo sorry to hear about your Dad, you are all in my prayers, Angie

Kristin Agostino
September 17th, 2019 4:56pm

Jamie, My prayers are with you and your family. Kristin

Dennis Harp
September 16th, 2019 8:34pm
Glendive, Montana

Sandy, Lisa, Lori, Lindy, Jamie, family, and friends of Jim, As you know Jim was a wonderful husband, father, and will be missed. My hope and prayer is you take comfort in all the wonderful memories you had during his time with on earth.

Bob Smith
September 16th, 2019 8:27pm
Del Rey Oaks, CA

I am the son of Carl and Annella Smith. Please accept my sincere sympathy for your loss of Jim. Prayers

Employees & Directors Henry Co REMC
September 16th, 2019 2:51pm
New Castle In

We are so sorry for your loss..

Joan Freitag
September 16th, 2019 2:11pm
Springfield, IL

Lori and the North Family, You have so many great memories to cling to in your time of sorrow. My sympathies. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Ron and Leesa Sparkman
September 16th, 2019 2:08pm

I am so very sorry for your loss prayers to all of you

Martha Williams Shull Glaus
September 15th, 2019 12:29am
Casa Grande AZ 85122

Sandy and family my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Patricia Bryant
September 14th, 2019 4:18pm
Iaeger, WV

Sandy, I am so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a good man and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family during this difficult time. God bless and keep you in His loving arms.

Teri Schaeffer Capron & Family
September 14th, 2019 3:12pm
Fishers Indiana

Please know that I'm praying for comfort and peace for your family. He was always my favorite bus driver growing up. Always kind and had a great sense of humor. So sorry for your loss.

Pam Hann
September 14th, 2019 12:16pm
Leesburg IN

Sandy, North girls and the entire family, my prayers are with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

Kelli Hoke
September 14th, 2019 3:51am
Mishawaka, IN

To the entire “North” family, I am sorry for your loss. Jim was a great person who I enjoyed to get to know over the years!! Prayers to the family at this difficult time💕

Patsy (Brandgard) Sokol
September 14th, 2019 1:12am
Lebanon, In

Sandy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.🙏🏻❤️

Shari and Jim Targgart
September 14th, 2019 12:30am
Waterloo, IN

Sorry for the Families loss. God Bless