James Dale Pettigrew

December 09, 1933 - September 15, 2021

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James Dale Pettigrew, 87, died at his home on Dallas Lake in LaGrange County, Indiana, on September 15, 2021, following a long illness. He was a quiet, kind, honest, and generous man with a heart of gold. The son of Ernestine Hudson and Ernest Mitchell Pettigrew, he was born on December 9, 1933, in Roosevelt, Oklahoma.

Jim was a U.S. Army veteran, having proudly served in the active Army and U.S. Army Reserves from 1956 to 1993.

Jim was an avid reader and enjoyed books on U.S. history or mysteries by several favorite authors. In his younger years he followed Major League Baseball and could recite statistics of most major players. His favorite team was always the Chicago Cubs, often lamenting if only they could make the playoffs before he died. Lo and behold, the Cubs accommodated him and won the playoffs and the World Series in 2016. The Chicago Bears filled the rest of his spectator sports activity.

Stamp collecting was a passion, and he spent many hours on his collection. He was a member of The American Philatelic Society and Rome City American Legion Post 381.

In 1977, Jim and his wife, Barbara established what would become Pettigrew Reporting, Inc., from which he retired in 1998.

His memory will be cherished and kept alive by his adoring and eternal wife of 59 years, Barbara Jean; sons, James David (Jolene) and Andrew Thomas; and grandchildren, Nathaniel (Corinne) Pettigrew, Natalie Pettigrew, and Shaley (Zach) Roberson. He is also survived by three great-granddaughters and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, John Matthew; and his first wife, Virginia Grepke.

The family would like to thank Parkview Hospice, and particularly Dawn and Priscilla, for the loving and compassionate care and friendship.

Honoring Jim’s choices of many years ago, there will be no viewing, visitation, or service.

Preferred memorials may be directed to the donor’s choice.

Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Share memories and condolences at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com

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Elizabeth Obrien
September 18th, 2021 1:14am
Bonita Springs

Barb please know that you r in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Ron and Joan Huber
September 17th, 2021 1:43am
Ossian, Indiana

Barbara: Our sincere and deepest sympathy on the loss of Jim, who I always saw as a sweet and unassuming man, who happily tolerated your Scrabble buddies and card club friends. You were his love, and he yours, and we wish you comfort and peace through family and friends. Much love, Ron and Joan