Obituary: Jim Shelmandine
Jim Shelmandine, age 75, most beloved husband, dad, grandpa, uncle and friend, passed away April 1, 2009, at the Prescott VA Hospital after a short illness. He was born on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 30, 1933, in Amsterdam, N.Y., to Arthur Ross Shelmandine Sr. and Elizabeth H. Hopkins.
Jim was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He married Janet Wetherbee on June 20, 1964. He was an A&P Jet Engine Mechanic and trim shop machinist for National and Pan Am Airlines for 32 years in Miami, Fla. He retired from the airlines in 1988, and moved the family to Chino Valley, Ariz.
He was a big fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Miami Dolphins. He was an avid reader and history buff.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years, Janet; daughters Julie (Juan) Segal of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Jamie (Mark) Shaver of Avondale, Ariz.; granddaughters Alisa Wilson (aka "my sweetheart Ali") and Adrianna Segal (grandpa's "sweetie pie"); grandsons Brandon and Cameron Shaver; and step-granddaughter Lindsey Shaver. He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Beverly Ann Shelmandine, and brothers Arthur Ross Shelmandine Jr. and David Reinhardt Shelmandine.
A full military service took place at the Prescott VA Chapel on Saturday, April 4, 2009. Entombment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix at a future date.
He will be tremendously missed and will never be forgotten by all.
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