James A. Work III
June 19, 1915 - Jan. 22, 2013
GOSHEN — James Anderson Work, III, 97, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2013, at IU Health Goshen Hospital.
James was born June 19, 1915, in Elkhart where he lived most of his life. He was the son of Dr. James A. Jr and Mrs. Bess (Middleton) Work.
He was a 1932 graduate of Elkhart High School. He attended DePauw University and received his B.S. from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1938.
Mr. Work married Marie E. Church at the home of her parents, Dr. Harold and Mrs. Olive (Oswald) Church on Jackson Boulevard, Elkhart, on Christmas Eve, 1940. They were married for more than 72 years. Jim and Marie shared the same birthday, four years apart.
He was a World War II naval veteran, having served as a Communication Officer aboard the USS Eldorado, USS Panamint (Okinawa) and with Admiral Riefsnider on the USS Mount McKinley, attached to the Flag (Admiral). After training at Harvard, his first service was Amphibious Training Command West, at Coronado, Calif. Active duty was from May 1, 1943, to Dec 1, 1945. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lt. j.g.
Jim worked at Miles and Ames for 35 years. In 1946, he was in the research lab. He was then with Ames from 1947 to 1957 as a professional service representative. He continued with Miles in Elkhart until his retirement in 1982, where he was in product development, production planning and, finally, inventory control.
Mr. Work was a driver for Meals on Wheels for 25 years, first in Elkhart for 19 years, then at Goshen/Greencroft.
He had a lifelong love for the outdoors, especially canoeing the St. Joseph River and Lake Michigan, where he spent many hours and days throughout his life.
He was a fourth generation member of First Presbyterian Church, Elkhart, where he had been an elder and trustee. He later attended church at First Presbyterian Church, Goshen.
He is survived by three children, Ann E. (Barrie) Borger of Fishers; Robert J. (Nora Minor) Work of Tampa, Fla., and Mary S. (James) Rasp of Elkhart; five grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are siblings William (Mary Frances) Work of West Lafayette and Margaret Dilley of Whitehall, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary B. Work and Jean Hodge; and two children, James C. Work (1948) and Ruth M. Work (1967).
A family memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church Chapel, Elkhart. Cremation has taken place. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Greencroft Foundation for the Health Care Project, First Presbyterian Church of Elkhart or First Presbyterian Church of Goshen.