James Douglas Durham, known to most as Jimmy, passed away on November 11, 2023, at Kosciusko Community Hospital in Warsaw. Born on August 28, 1942, on the family farm at Durham Lake, Pierceton, he was the son of James and Celia (Boss) Huish Durham.
Jimmy was a hardworking man who left school at an early age to manage the family farm. He dedicated many years of his life working alongside the Shock family and later with the Kralis Brothers. His strong work ethic and commitment to providing for his loved ones served as an inspiration to all who knew him.
Having attended schools in North Webster, Jimmy spent most of his life in the area and although his own educational journey was cut short by family responsibilities, he instilled a hard working nature in his children and grandchildren.
A man of quite Christian faith, Jimmy exemplified the values of compassion and selflessness. He possessed a rare ability to empathize with others and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need; his generosity sometimes led him to give of himself to a fault. He had a remarkable ability to make friends effortlessly and rarely knew a stranger.
When he wasn't working or spending time with loved ones, Jimmy found solace in nature. Fishing and being outdoors were among his favorite hobbies and interests. The tranquil moments spent on Durham and Black Lakes provided him with a sense of peace amidst life's challenges.
Jimmy is survived by his children, Douglas J. Durham of Plymouth and Ben C. Durham of Syracuse. He will be deeply missed by his grandchildren: Tabatha Burns, Lester Payne, Adrian Payne and Abby Payne; several great-grandchildren; step-son Don (Terri) Beck and his ex-wife Linda Durham, with whom he remained close throughout his life.
He was preceded in passing by daughter, Melissa Baldwin; sister, Julia Schue; twin-brother, Jan Durham; and his parents: James Durham and Celia Boss Huish Durham.
Titus Funeral Home, 2000 Sheridan Street, Warsaw is entrusted with care of Jimmy and the Durham family. A memorial visitation will be held there on Monday November 27, 2023 from 4 to 6 p.m. A graveside service will be held the following day in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw at 10 a.m.
See www.TitusFuneralHome.com to leave written condolences. Memorial gifts (to help the family with final expenses) may also be left on the Titus website.