James D. Truex, known to most simply as “Jim,” passed away quietly at 6:25 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Fort Wayne at Parkview Randallia Hospital. He was 90 years old.
Born at home in Clunette, he was the son of Algie and Martha (Grove) Truex. He was a lifetime area resident and spent more than 71 years married to the late Donna Jane (Robinson) Truex. The pair was married in June 1948, though Donna Jane passed on March 9, 2020.
He was truly a salt-of-the-earth; he was a kind, giving person who spent more than 50 years working with Creighton Brothers. He was also a longtime member of Atwood Aldersgate Church and of Echoes of the Past, promoting the restoration and preservation of tractors and other farm equipment. He restored several tractors himself and was a good mechanic. He could fix nearly anything and liked helping others with projects. He also enjoyed traveling and logged many miles with his wife in their RV. Most of all, he was a proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
Those who survive with memories to cherish include sons: Raymond (Tina) Truex and Ronald (Mindy) Truex; daughter: Dara (Mike) Long, all of Warsaw; 11 grandchildren: Angela (Grady) Sanders, Texas City, Tex.; Dawn (Scott) Vargo, Nappanee; Erika (Bart) Loe, Warsaw; Rushell DeFries, Warsaw; Heather Truex, Warsaw; Tracy (Jason) Nichols, Warsaw; Aerial (Eric Whitaker) Gilbert, Etna Green; Aubrey (Michael) Loomis, Fort Wayne; Hanna Long, Bourbon; Jessica Wynn, Portland, Ore.; and Isaac Long, Plymouth; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Arelene and Louise Truex.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in passing by nine brothers and sisters.
A Life Celebration® is planned with Titus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2000 E. Sheridan St., Warsaw, where friends may gather from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1. Family friend, Pastor Mike Beezley, will officiate Jim’s funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, in the funeral home with doors open for one hour prior. Burial will follow at Stony Point Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Aldersgate UMC or to Cardinal Services with envelopes available at the funeral home. Written condolences may be left for the family at www.TitusFuneralHome.com