James Edward Champion

November 11, 1952January 7, 2019

James Edward “Jim” Champion, age 66, of Fremont, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Jim was born on November 11, 1952 in Angola, Indiana to Leon A. and Dorothy P. (Northam) Champion, they preceded him in death.

Jim graduated from Fremont High School in 1971. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and enjoyed time with family and friends.

He had worked for many years at American Axle in Litchfield, Michigan, and formerly worked for Metaldyne in Fremont, Indiana, and Brammall in Angola, Indiana.

Survivors include his companion of twenty three years, Dawn Etheridge of Fremont, Indiana, and her children, Justin Etheridge of Fremont, Indiana, and Jayme Etheridge of Angola, Indiana, daughters, Amy J. (Jason) Vanderpool of Montgomery, Michigan, and Amber (Mike) Clark of Angola, Indiana, grandchildren, Tyler, Brittany, Quentin, Hannah, Kassius, Zayla, Jalen, Xavier, Travis, Nathan, Rylan, Aliveah, Carolyn, and Dex, a great-grand-daughter, Julia, and his brothers and sisters, Steve (Earlene) Champion of Fremont, Indiana, Kathy Craun of Fremont, Indiana, Susie (Tom) Organ of Modesto, California, Gary Champion of Fremont, Indiana, and Kelly (Mike) Schorey of Fremont, Indiana.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Tom Champion and George Champion, and a brother-in-law, Mike Craun.

Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana.

According to his wishes cremation will take place following the visitation and burial will be at a later time.

Memorial donations in his memory may be directed to the Fremont Fire Department, P.O. Box 30, Fremont, IN 46737.


  • Fremont Fire Department


  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2019

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Stephanie Robinette

January 13, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Bonnie Shutts

January 10, 2019

So Sorry for your loss. He will be greatly missed.

Deby (Lyons) and Lowell Pocock

January 9, 2019

My family would like to send our thoughts and prayers to Dawn, Kathy, Susie, Kelly, Steve and Gary in the passing of Jim. Many great memories as I spent many weekends at your house.
To Dawn...I am sure you and Jim shared a wonderful life together.
Condolences to all.
Lowell and Deby Pocock and family.

Anita Feller

January 8, 2019

So very sorry for your loss. I liked this young man very much he was always very congieal and alway had a smile on his face . My deepest sympathy .

Burt Zorn

January 8, 2019

I worked with Jim for many years at Simpson then Metaldyne. One of the best to work with. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss, he was one of the best. R I P Jim you deserve it