To his friends, he was Jim.
To his close family he was lovingly called Chubby.
To his 2 children, he was Dad or Pops.
His 6 grandchildren called him Pop-Pop.
And to the love of his life he was….more than just words.
He was a proud Pop-Pop. We would joke that when we were all gathered together was when he was most relaxed. Because every single time, he would fall asleep.
I was his right hand man. He was my best friend. He often called on me to do things around the house that he couldn't. We loved to go fishing together. We spent many nights on the boat catching fish and talking. I was proud to have him as a father, he was proud of me.
My wife, Adrienne was like a daughter to him. He treated her like one, often teasing her. Saying she always took the longest to order when we went out to eat. He loved when she would bring over one of her homemade pies.
I gave him 3 grandchildren:
Jayden Wandall Hughes- Age:10
Ava Renee Hughes- Age: 6
Wyatt Owen Wandall Hughes-Age: 9 months
My sister Amber was his baby girl. She was fortunate enough to share his cheesy sense of humor and they always joked around together. He loved her cooking and was always in awe of all the things she could do. From crafting and sewing to photography. He was so proud of her.
Amber is married to Matt Shoemaker. As the years passed, Matt and Jim became close. They would often sit in a quiet room and just talk. He knew Matt was good with computers and would call on him when he needed help with anything electronic.
Amber gave him 3 grandchildren:
Matthew Wandall Shoemaker-Age: 13
David Bowen Shoemaker-Age: 6
and the latest addition to our loving family,
Emma Jo Shoemaker-Age: 6 weeks
He loved his nephew Clay Wuensche like a son. He was very proud of all of Clay’s accomplishments. He would joke with Clay’s wife Christin that she was not allowed to come to the house unless she made his favorite spinach/artichoke dip. He also loved their son Patrick like a grandchild and treated him as such.
After we were grown and out of the house, he and my Mom loved to travel. Together they explored:
Cabo St. Lucas, Mexico
And many more.
He was an avid golfer. He went to the golf course every single day for years. He was very good and managed to get two two holes in one while they lived in Arizona.
He loved my Mom more than anything. They were married August 28, 1971. It would have been 44 years this year.
He was a hard working entreprenuer who had many jobs:
He was millwright at Alcoa.
He owned his own bowling center, which was his dream.
He was a real estate agent.
And he retired with Chase Bank as an Inside Salesman.
He had amazing charisma. He would meet someone and next thing you knew, they were talking like they had been best friends for years.
He will be missed by many.
And we will never be the same without him.