James "Jim" E Town

July 29, 1953October 9, 2020

Jim Town passed away Friday October 9, 2020 from end stage renal disease. He was a gifted artist who took inspiration from the things he saw around him, including nature and the buildings of Dayton. He made the most mundane objects interesting and beautiful. He took an early interest in photography and stamp collecting and we remember him developing his own pictures in the basement. He also loved music and collected songs from all genres over the years. Jim had a wry sense of humor and could make his sisters laugh so hard they cried. He was a kind man with a beautiful soul and we will miss him forever. Jim graduated from Stebbins High School and Wright State University, receiving a degree in art education. He also took painting classes at Sinclair Community College. Jim spent his working career at Chemineer and most recently at Sinclair, working in the graphic arts department. Jim is survived by his sisters Deborah (Bob) Gough of San Diego, Diane Town of Columbus and brother Mark (Priscilla) Town of San Diego, his nieces Liza (Jason) Gary and Dayna (Josh) Solt of San Diego, Melanie Clark of Rancho Cucamonga, California and Jeanette (Dan) Eichel of Grove City, Ohio; great nephews and nieces Adam Peterson, Dylan Gary, Casey Gavin and Camryn Gavin of San Diego and Jocelyn Eichel of Grove City, as well as great friends Jim Ferrell and Paul Somers. Per Jim’s wishes we are not holding a funeral or service, nor asking for donations. If you want to honor Jim’s memory, do something to support the Dayton arts community.


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Karen Stout

October 16, 2020

Such a nice, wonderful, talented man. Growing up and visiting with all of you on the weekends is etched in my mind. It always brings a smile to my face. You taught us how to dance, made us appreciate music, made us laugh. You were fun to be around. I know you are in heaven with the rest of those Aring women bossing you around. I will cherish my paintings forever and I will think of you as I pass them each day. Know you were loved and admired! Love Karen

Luanne Stahl

October 15, 2020

I am very sad to hear about Jim..I went to high school with him. We became friends when working on class reunions together. He was a great guy!

Diane Gough

October 13, 2020

I remember seeing Jim at his parents home while Debbie and my brother Bob were dating during their high school years. Jim always had a beautiful smile and was very kind to me. I will miss Jim greatly. May God Bless Jim.

Liza Peterson-Gary

October 12, 2020

My uncle Jim was truly one of a kind. His talent, humor and kindness were unmatched. I have nothing but fond memories of him: Visits around Grandma and Grandpa’s kitchen table, front porch conversations, listening to music compilations he’d create for us, waiting to see his latest paintings. I just can’t believe that I won’t see him again. He’ll definitely be forever loved and missed.


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