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Services Wednesday for James Elwood Zaideman

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James Elwood Zaideman, age 90 of Porter, Ind., passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017, while visiting his son in Dunnellon, Florida.

He was born on February 12, 1926, in Michigan City, Ind., to Cornelius and Cora Zaideman, both of whom preceded him in death.

Jim is survived by his sons Mike (Kathy) of Dunnellon, Fla., Greg (Noreen) of Bartlet, Ill., Larry (Cathy) and Glenn (Karen), both of Porter, Ind. Also carrying on his legacy are his grandchildren Matt, Ryan, Kevin, Emily, Erin, Alex, Jessica, Zachary and Ashley. Great-grandchildren include Jakob, Dylan, Paxton, Lachlan and Tate. Jim is also survived by his first wife, Nancy Carpenter of Hebron, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat Eleanor Rigby.

He was preceded in death by his wife LaVonne Zaideman in October of 2003, as well as siblings Grace Marsh, Gertie Janoski, Florence Main, John Zaideman, Neil Zaideman, and Jean Lawrence.

A lifelong hard worker, Jim started early helping his father deliver milk and setting pins at a bowling alley. He managed to enlist at 17 and served in the Army during World War II in Germany. Afterward, he joined the Ironworkers Local 395 and completed many skyscrapers and bridges throughout Chicagoland. He stayed busy in retirement working at Inman’s Recreation Center until recently.

Ever compassionate, Jim served his family and community through 18 years as a Webelos Leader and Cubmaster, 19 years coaching Little League and adult softball teams, longtime Secretary of the Chesterton Bowling Association, and membership in the Loyal Order of Moose and American Legion halls.

His passion for bowling was evident from his participation in countless leagues, attendance at 40 ABC National Bowling Tournaments, and his wife LaVonne’s serendipitous meeting and falling for Jim’s “sparkling blue eyes” at Gateway Lanes in Chesterton.

Remaining free time was spent with family, rooting for a Cubs Championship and watching old Westerns.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 14, from 4-8 p.m., at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton.

Additionally, funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church,, 2050 W. 1100 N., Chesterton, with burial at Chesterton Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made towards a youth bowling scholarship in Jim’s honor.


Posted 2/13/2017





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