James Edward Abbinett
March 18, 1948 – November 28, 2012
James E. Abbinett, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada and formerly of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away on November 28, 2012 in his home with his loving wife & daughter by his side, after a six year courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born on March 18, 1948 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Bette Lee Wells Abbinett and Albert E. Abbinett, Jr.
Jim was a graduate of Indiana State University where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Management. While at ISU he, along with David Gibbs and Stan Ritzert, co-founded the ISU Student Chapter of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers and Jim served as its first President. Jim spent over 25 years in manufacturing management. He worked at CBS on Fruitridge where he met Karyn. He then worked for his father-in-law at Leisure Manufactured Homes for a few years, then opened up a second location which he owned and operated with his brother-in-law Allen Lindley for 10 years. Jim retired from Merrillat Industries in Las Vegas.
Jim served in the U.S. Army, Active Duty, Army Reserve and the Indiana National Guard for a combined total of 13 Years. In the National Guard, he reached the rank of Captain and commanded Company "A" of the Terre Haute National Guard on Maple Avenue for 3 years.
Jim was also on the Board of the United Way of the Wabash Valley and served as its President from 1982-1983.
Jim married Karyn L. Church (West Terre Haute) on Oct. 3, 1981 and they have lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for 19 years.
Jim will always be remembered by his family and friends as a great speaker, a great story teller and a great practical joker, but most of all a good man who was a devoted husband, loving father, a caring friend and the best Grandpa to his two grand-sons.
Jim loved hunting, football and always had a "household" project in the works.
Jim is survived by his loving wife his wife of 31 years, Karyn (Church) Abbinett, Daughter J. Marie Harrod (Mike) of Las Vegas, Stepson William "Joe" Lydick, Jr. (Michelle) of West Terre Haute, Stepson Scott Lydick (Sarah) of Ooltewah, TN and two grandsons, Cole Lydick of West Terre Haute and James Harrod of Las Vegas. A sister, Suzanne Lindley ( Allen) of Terre Haute, Brother Jonathon Abbinett of Las Vegas, Brother Kim Abbinett of Terre Haute, and sister-in-law, Drena Copra (Cody Wilder) of Nashville, TN. Jim had many other Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews to numerous to mention, but he loved them all.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Albert, Jr & Bette (Abbinett) Garrard, Step-Father Robert L. Garrard DDS, Grandparents James Hoyt & Susan Elizabeth Wells, Albert Abbinett, Sr., John & Beulah Harper, in- laws Walter & Betty Church, Jr., and his beloved Daschund, Niles.
Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3:30 on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be at 3:30 on Saturday at the funeral home. Jim will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. Jim would ask, since he is a disabled veteran, that in lieu of flowers, you give a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project at supportwoundedwarriorproject.org. Online condolences may be made at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net
- Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2012
- Funeral Ceremony Saturday, December 8, 2012
James Edward Abbinett
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February 22, 2013
Sorry to hear about Jim's passing. It was an honor to work with him on the management team at Merillat. We could always count on his quirky jokes and non-HR type comments being the HR professional he was. My prayers are with the family.
December 18, 2012
Karyn and all of Jim's Wonderful Family, I'm so very, very sorry about your loss of Jim. He was a wonderful man. He was always thoughful of others and adored his wife Kayrn.
My family sends their thoughts and prayers to you all.
God Bless you....
Jim is the angel who will help guide the rest of us on our journey when it will be our time.
I love you Karyn...
December 14, 2012
So sorry to learn of Jim's death. Sincere sympathy to Karyn, Jody, and Scott, our former neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Jan (Higgins) Jerry (Terre Haute, IN)
LINDA K. LOCKHART
December 11, 2012
I WORKED WITH JIM ABBINETT AT MERILLAT. HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO WAS NICE TO ME. HE WAS ALWAYS FUN TO BE AROUND. PEACE BE WITH YOU JIM, WHEREVER YOUR NEW JOURNEY LEADS YOU. PEACE BE WITH HIS FAMILY AS THEY AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO'S LIVES WAS TOUCH BY HIM. WE WILL ALL MISS YOU JIM ABBINETT.
LINDA K. lOCKHART
December 11, 2012
I WORKED WITH JIM ABBINETT AT MERILLAT. HE WAS ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO WAS NICE TO ME. HE WAS ALWAYS NICE TO BE AROUND. PEACE BE WITH YOU JIM, WHEREVER YOUR NEW JOURNEY LEADS YOU. PEACE BE WITH HIS FAMILY, AS THEY AND ALL THE PEOPLE WHO'S LIVES WAS TOUCHED BY HIM. WE WILL MISS YOU JIM ABBINET
December 9, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about Jim's death. We knew each other our whole lives. I will miss him. Please accept my condolences.
December 8, 2012
We hiked through hills and hunted through plains and woodlands of our beloved Indiana - that beautiful land called Lafayette and Terre Haute.
We scurried and scouted and honed our field and stream skills together, fishing and hunting and just lazing away our days of boyhood, watching the clouds and sky go by ever curious about this awesome world and universe, often only able to respond with a sigh inspired by the blessings of beauty.
We scoured and scavaged materials and designed and built, often by trial and error, fortresses on land and in the trees where we could take refuge from the rain and share the secrets of our souls...we were so blessed and humbly knew how lucky we were to be Hoosiers, born into a working poor heritage as we rose from poverty to middle-class, than more...blessed to be free and questioning everything and everyone, and listening to the sound counsel of parents, teachers, family, peers and friends to learn all we could about the lessons of life and loving life!
We were brothers in every sense of the word - we agreed, we disagreed, we stood by one another always having each others back, we hugged and we fought - but we were brothers forever!
The time came when rumors of war challenged our hearts and minds, and the debate became deadly serious as our country called young men to the duty to defend...and we answered as real men always do!
We didn't want to leave our family, friends and our beautiful, bountiful abodes in the land we loved - but, we were now young men and we were raised All-American! So, in the long tradition of our fathers, uncles and grand-grandfathers before us, we raised our hands, took the sacred oath of office to the creed, the code and the corps, to serve, and we saluted and did our best to do our duty honorably.
War tore us apart and went our separate ways - weary and wounded, no longer sharing our days - but, still, we knew we were bound as brothers forever!
We started new lives, and girlfriends became wives, and we became fathers blessed with daughters and shared the beauty of a wonderful world of women - women we knew should be respected and equal in every way, at least in America today!
We continued to listen, study, question, learn, and work and grow - and we moved up, moved on, went left, then right, then right some more, then to the left, and up and down, all over again, and again - and having fought the good fight, we finally settled on the center, content that we had said our piece and peace was still the goal, and knowing we had wasted too much precious time parsing words and slogans from sound-bites, and picking apart political propaganda from the partisans on the issues of the day - way too much precious time had been just been wasted!
Late in life we were able to re-unite, and we again fought the good fights to listen and learn, to question and to understand, to dig deep into the dirt and the details, to understand what was right, and good and best - and we committed to continue to be brothers forever!
Little did we know for sure, how we would only have a decade more together on the face of this earth, as it always is in life, death came knocking at our doors - and we danced with death, both seriously and sarcastically, taking our time, going through the therapies, questioning everything and everyone, but taking our orders and taking our medicines - with a lot of laughter and as large a dose of love as we could gather!
Through major illnesses and disease we dealt with heart-attacks and strokes, then cancer came to the family - and our fear became a constant friend, pain our partner, and danger our darling once again - and we danced, and we laughed some more, this time in the last doorway of life and love...
...so, now, here we are, as we knew we one day be, honoring the passing of our loved one, our brother, a good son, a great husband and father and grand-father, and friend - no doubt about his legacy of love in life!
Let us choose to forever focus on a cure for the cancer that took him away and let us choose to remember all of the good times, the marvelous memories and celebrate his life and how he lived and loved - forever, and ever more!
December 8, 2012
Our thoughts are with the family at this time of loss
December 8, 2012
Thoughts and prayers for you and the whole family. Loved your Dad and have many wonderful memories growing up with you, and spending time at your Dad and Karyn's home. May arms peace surround you all during this time!
Norma & Brian Couturier
December 7, 2012
My wife and I worked with Jim at Merillat. He was a great man who always put other people first. He will be missed. Jim and Karyn recently came to our house to speak to our son about joining the military and give him advise. He showed up with all his medals and everything. Even with cancer he was still thinking of others. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Karyn and their family.
December 4, 2012
I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death. I worked with him at Merillat. He was the one who hired me and we also bowled together in the league. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Betty Weintroub
December 3, 2012
A good man,very saddened by his passing,my deepest condolences to the Family.
December 3, 2012
I just found out about this. I think of him often and the times we worked together...so sorry for his wife and fsmily.
Jennifer (Higgins) Overpeck
December 2, 2012
I'm so sorry to hear about Jim. I remember him as a very nice man. I'll be thinking about his family-Please accept my condolences.
Phil & Kathy Grippaldi
December 1, 2012
There is so much to say about Jim, he was my boss and a good friend at Merillat. Jim was a special person, I will miss him.Our prayers go out to Karyn and their family