James “Jim” Robert Wilson, 65, Monticello, passed away at his home with his family by his side after a five year battle with pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, December 6, 2022. He was born in Kokomo on April 18, 1957 to James G. and Betty (Rush) Wilson. He married Sue Chumley-Treece on April 26, 1997. She survives.
Jim was a 1975 graduate of Haworth High School. He then attended Purdue University before graduating from Lincoln Technical Institute. He worked for years as a mechanic in Kokomo. He then worked as a maintenance supervisor at St. Elizabeth Health Care in Delphi for over 25 years and then Girtz Industries for 10 years before he retired.
Jim was an avid fisherman, enjoying participating in tournaments, building custom fishing rods and lures. He enjoyed living life and trying new passions that he would “go all in” when trying. One new thing was being a drummer and joining the band “The Relyx.” He enjoyed Purdue Athletics. But above all things, he was a family man and could be found cheering on his grandchildren at their athletic activities. They were the source of his strength and drove his fight as he battled cancer, especially as great grandchildren were on the way he fought to see the next new addition to his family.
Along with his wife of 25 years, Jim is survived by his daughters, Missy (James) Davis and Tosha (Jason) Chapman; sister, Sharon (Jeff) Wood; grandchildren, Allie (Austin) Virden, Jordan Davis, Marina (Jeffrey) Jones, Dallas Davis, Adeline Mann, Isabella Flores, Levi Davis, Elaina Flores, Chelsea Flores, and Kylah Flores; and great grandchildren, Ivy, Jeffrey, James, Maya, Thiago, Ayla, Lily, and Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jan Gibson.
Visitation will be held, Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 1pm until the time of the service at 3pm at Genda Funeral Home ~ Mulberry Chapel. Pastor Bryan Courtney will officiate. Burial will follow at Fair Haven Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be made at www.gendafuneralhome.com.