James "Jim" Medenwald

October 22, 1932April 13, 2019

James J Medenwald, 86, passed away peacefully in Naples, Florida on April 13, 2019. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 22, 1932, he was the youngest of 6 children of the late William S and Regina B Dallas Medenwald. He is also preceded in passing by his wife, Eileen Medenwald; son, Timothy Medenwald; and his siblings.

Jim graduated from Cathedral High School. He married the love of his life, Eileen, on August 4, 1951. He then left home to serve in the Air Force from January 30, 1952 to July 25, 1955. He continued his studies and graduated Purdue University in 1960. Jim worked for General Motors Plant 5 then later for Allison Transmission and traveled all over the world. He loved coaching little league football and CYO swimming. He led the St. Gabriel CYO swim team to many championships. He built a house on Raccoon Lake in Rockville, Indiana where the family has many wonderful memories of boating, tubing, and water skiing. After retirement he traveled with Eileen, found a love of fishing, enjoyed time with family, and lived part time in Naples, Florida.

Jim's memory will be cherished by his surviving children, Arlene Sheean (David), Paula Berry (Mike), Dean Medenwald (Patricia), and Sandra Fansler (Dave); 9 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 - 7 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary, 2126 E 71st St Indianapolis, Indiana. His Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 am Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at St. Puis X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr Indianpaolis, Indiana with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jim's memory may be made to: Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675.


  • William S Medenwald, Father
  • Regina B (Dallas) Medenwald, Mother
  • Eileen Medenwald, Wife
  • Arlene Sheean (David), Daughter
  • Paula Berry (Mike), Daughter
  • Dean Medenwald (Patricia), Son
  • Sandra Fansler (Dave), Daughter
  • 9 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, April 24, 2019


James "Jim" Medenwald

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Tiff Tropic schooner

April 27, 2019

I was truly blessed to get to know you and your family. Your love of Reese’s will always put a smile on my face. Especially when I didn’t even know you were a diabetic! Lol. I wish you and your family much peace and comfort at this time
I will never forget you. Always in my heart 😘

Shannon kikendall

April 20, 2019

I have many good memories of times spent with Jim and Eileen. Fun times watching all you kids grow up in the neighborhood! Keeping all of you in my prayers.

Katie Fansler

April 19, 2019

Papaw was a true family man... his love story with Memaw is something I have always admired and looked up to. I would get a kick out of his nicknames for her... “sparky” or “boob!” I could always count on him for a good laugh! As I got older, he would leave me with saying, “stay on Pepsi!” and very well knowing I wouldn’t! Lol

When I moved to Florida, I got to live with Papaw for a couple months... I will never forget our late nights eating ice cream or him calling me “roomie!” As much as I was ready to live on my own, I will always cherish that special time I spent with my Papaw!

Papaw wasn’t one to talk about emotions or say “I love you,” but I would always be sure to say it to him when I was leaving or we were getting off the phone. I remember, like it was yesterday, the day when he said it back to me and how excited I was, bragging to Mom and Dad that he told me he loves me!

He will be truly missed by all, but the memories we have with him will last forever! I’m thankful you’re with Memaw again! I love you so much Papaw♥️

David Fansler

April 19, 2019

Papaw was a quick-witted, wonderful man, with a great sense of humor and intimidating eyebrows. He often referred to me as the "rube" and like to point out to me when I was acting like one. I remember that you never showed him any cuts or scratches, or else he would go get the "Tang". I always loved that he would call on Halloween to prank us with the witch. He told me that my wife "Stephy" was a keeper, because of their shared love of fried chicken! From letting me drive the boat on Raccoon Lake, to fishing with him in Florida, he has filled all our lives with so many wonderful memories. Special thanks to him for feeding me all those Bob Evan's Silver Dollar Pancakes!
You are missed and loved so much!

David, Stephy, Little David and Brynlie

Michael Sheean

April 19, 2019

I will miss Papaw greatly. I remember all those summers being at their house. He watched us at the pool. He took us to MCL and Grays. Always took us downtown for the fireworks on the 4th of July. Those stories he would tell me of the one eyed dog and the hotel where you check in but never check out still scare me today. Kidding. Papaw loved his ice cream. He loved his watermelon too. I always got excited when him and Memaw would visit us in Knoxville. He loved his wife and his kids and grandkids. Miss you Papaw!

Allyson Goodrich

April 19, 2019

Papa Jim was always up for any adventure these boys wanted him to do! Thank you for being so kind and fun to all of our family by teaching us life lessons and being there when you were really needed....and never turning down a trip for ice cream! You are truly missed Papa Jim and we love you so much! P.S. we will continue to pinch those boys for you!
Love and hugs,
Nick, Allyson, Jahlen and Nohlen

Michael Berry

April 18, 2019

I will miss you, Jim. I see a sundae in our future!

Paula Berry

April 18, 2019

Mike and I will miss you so much. We are so happy that you have been reunited with Mom in heaven. We enjoyed all of our travels with you & mom so much, especially our annual trips to Vegas! You can rest now. Love you so much!

Tricia Peterson

April 18, 2019

We will miss Jim and treasure the memories we were blessed to spend with him. I always loved how he and Eileen accepted everyone and treated our blended family as their own. See you again someday. Prayers for you all through the grief. ❤️

Arlene and Dave Sheean

April 16, 2019

In memory of the best dad and father in law we could ever have. You will always be in our hearts and memories. Love you dad💞