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James Edward Struewing, 88, Batesville, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at Community Hospital South, Indianapolis.
Born Aug. 25, 1928, in Morris, he was the son of George and Estella (Grunkemeyer) Struewing. He married Kathleen Joan Etter May 30, 1953, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Batesville.
Jim graduated from St. Anthony Catholic Grade School, Morris, and then Batesville High School in 1946. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Afterwards, Jim worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many years until his retirement. That didn't last for long as he went on to work for the Office Shop and then Tri-County Financial until the age of 80. Jim was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus Council 1461 and Batesville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3183.
Jim was a huge baseball fan and he was a loyal Cincinnati Reds follower. He was an umpire for little league baseball for many years. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and heading out West was a favorite of theirs. Jim had a special place in his heart for all patriotic events and military servicemembers, especially for those veterans who served during wartime. He really loved his grandchildren, spending time with them and attending many of their events and activities. Jim will truly be missed by his family.
Jim had a joyful nature and warm smile, always treating people with dignity and respect. He was a patient man and rarely complained, even after being diagnosed with ALS. When asked about living with the disease, he said, "If you ever feel down, think of the people who have it worse than you."
He is survived by his two daughters: Janice Grieshop and Linda (Jim) Keller; two sons: Tom (Sandy) Struewing and Bob Struewing; five grandchildren: Kelly (Louie) Stephon, Katelin Keller, Allison Keller, Jana (Eric) Leber and Kaylee Struewing; two great-grandchildren: Lucas and Grace Stephon; and his brother Herman "Ham" Struewing and sister Pat Grieshop.
In addition to his wife, who passed away May 28, 2010, and parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Dick Struewing.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 25, from 4-8 p.m. at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, with a prayer service at 4 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 26, at St. Louis Catholic Church with Father Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Batesville VFW Post 3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post 271.
Memorials may be given to the ALS Association Indiana Chapter or Batesville Parks and Recreation Department.
Published on May 24, 2017
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