James M. Wiltermood
of Chesterton, IN passed away peacefully Friday, May 15, 2020, at Franciscan
Health Hospital in Michigan City, from natural causes.
Jim was preceded in
death by his father Charles, his mother Nora, brother Charles, Sister
Myrtle, and former wife Bobbie.
He is survived by
his wife Shirley, his two children Michael and Michele Wahl (Robert), two
grandchildren Bobby and Lizzie Wahl, sister Donna Benirschke (Bruno), many
nieces, nephews and cousins, and step children Kenny, Karl, and Kolleen
Wallace and many step grandchildren.
He was born March
21, 1938, in East Chicago, IN, to Charles and Nora (Lauher) Wiltermood.
Growing up in
Winamac he enjoyed fishing on the river. He was a 1957 graduate of Emerson
High School in Gary, IN, where he was a member of the varsity basketball and
cross-country teams. After high school, he went to work for US Steel Gary
works and retired after 37 years of service, and as an Army reservist with
the 395th Evacuation Hospital, Gary, Indiana, he was recalled to active duty
during the Berlin Crisis 1961-1962. In his retirement, he enjoyed doing
crossword puzzles, taking road trips, especially to Branson, MO, and enjoyed
going on cruises. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR races and listening to
Frank Sinatra and the Bee Gees regularly. He had a flare for cooking and
looked forward to grilling every summer. In addition, he worked at
Chesterton High School in the open swim program with his wife Shirley and
volunteer chaperoned many different high school events. He was also a member
of the Chesterton American Legion Post 170.
There will be a
Celebration of Life for James on Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.,
at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 West 1100 North, Chesterton, IN 46304
(next to Dogwood Park) in the pavilion with Rev. Ruth Anne Popkin
If you are planning
on attending, please RSVP at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 219-926-5596. Face
masks are required.
In lieu of flowers,
please make any donations to the family.