James Edward Riemenschneider
Pipefitter 2nd Class

Bourbon, Indiana

James Edward Riemenschneider, 83, of Bourbon, Indiana, went to be with his Savior on July 3, 2012. He was surrounded by his closest family and Hope Hospice of Rochester, Indiana.

Jim was born June 2, 1929, to William Sr. and Florence (Personett) Riemenschneider in Freeport, Illinois, joining his brothers, William Jr. and Robert. He grew up in Wilmington, Illinois, and Hammond, Indiana, and graduated in 1948 from Hammond Technical High School. He began to do summer work for NIPSCO. He continued with NIPSCO, working in their Service Department for 42 years, minus his time in the United States Navy. Jim took basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Academy, where he volunteered in the Blue Jackets Choir. He was trained at Pipefitters School in Norfolk, Virginia, and then served on the USS Okanogan from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War, and the USS Skagit from 1953 to 1954 at the beginning of the Vietnam hostilities. He was discharged in 1954, having reached the rank of FP2, Pipefitter, 2nd Class.

He then returned to Hammond to work with NIPSCO. He was a member of the American Legion. In 1960 he transferred to Plymouth, Indiana, and moved to Bourbon, where he continued working until retiring in 1989. Jim and his mother traveled many places together. Jim took care of his mother in her final years.

As a teenager, Jim attended Christian Fellowship Church in Hammond where he professed his faith in Jesus Christ. He received believer's baptism by Pastor Rodabaugh at the Cedar Lake Conference Grounds. Jim was a longtime supporter of Baptist Children's Homes. While attending Bourbon Bible Church, he generously gave towards mission work, and helped with the building and grounds. Jim had attended a floral arranging course, when younger, and used those talents to add to the décor of the church sanctuary.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents, William Sr. and Florence Riemenschneider, and his brother, William Jr. He is survived by his brother, Bob (Leta) Riemenschneider of Aurora, Illinois; his nieces, Dorothy (TN), Betty (GA) and Sharon (GA); his nephews, David (TN), Robert Jr., Edward James and Hans (IL), and their families; and his dear friends, Pastor Jim and Carolyn Brown, Simeon, Jonathan, Betsy, Ruth, Jacob and Lillian.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 420 Main Street, Rochester, IN 46975. Visitation will be Saturday, July 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Van Gilder Funeral Home, 300 West Madison Street, Plymouth, IN 46563. Services will be Saturday, July 7, 1:00 p.m., also at the Van Gilder Funeral Home, with Pastors Jim Brown and Larry Goss officiating Burial will be at Jordon Cemetery, Argos, IN. Memories may be shared at

Published in South Bend Tribune on July 5, 2012