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James I. Myers, 94, Logansport, passed away Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 in his residence surrounded by his family.
Born Jan. 24, 1923, in Cass County, he was the son to the late Glen and Hazel Marie (Anderson) Myers.
On Dec. 1, 1945, in Logansport, he married the love of his life, Lena Gertrude Wooldridge, who preceded him in death on April 3, 2012.
He retired from Pro-Ag Co., which was formerly Indiana Farm Bureau Co-op, in December 1984 as a petroleum serviceman. He was also a veteran of World War II, serving as flight engineer in the 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force, 489th Bomb Group assigned to a B-24 bomber. While in the European theater he was stationed at Halton Field at Halesworth, England. On July 31, 1944, while on his 31st mission, he was shot down and captured by the Germans. He was transported by cattle car to Stalag Luft IV in the northeast corner of Poland. From there, starting Feb. 6, 1945, they were forced to march 85 days for an estimated 580 miles back to Germany as Russians advanced. This march is now known as the Black Forest Death March. He achieved the rank of technical sergeant and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, E.T.O. medal with three battle stars and the P.O.W. medal.
James was a member of American Legion Post 60.
Surviving are two sons, Robert J. (Diane) Myers, Sparta, Tennessee; Randall L. (Kathy) Myers, Logansport; one brother, Richard (Martina) Myers, Logansport; half-brother, Robert I. (Joyce) Myers, Fishers; half-sister, Beverly Carney, Lebanon; grandson, Brian (Rose) Myers, Greenwood; five granddaughters, Erika Myers, Bettendorf, Iowa, Lindsey Lewis, Logansport, Natasha (Josh) Ploss, Lafayette, Alisha Rigle, Logansport, and Marisha Rigle, Logansport; and six great-grandchildren, Eva Myers, Alexis Brooks, Taylor Lewis, Colton Ploss, Cason Ploss and Morgan Rigle.
Preceding him in death are two sisters, Jean Ferriera and Ilene Myers; one brother, John Myers; one half-brother, Nicholas Myers; and one stepbrother, Stan Hampton.
The family wishes to express a special thanks to Bill and Judy Ellington for helping care for James. Also a big thanks to Erika Myers and Guardian Angel Hospice for his care at home.
A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Gundrum Funeral Home with Chaplain Larry Phillips officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow in Ever-Rest Memorial Park cemetery.
A visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.
You may sign James's guest book and send online condolences at www.gundrumcares.com
Published on September 26, 2017
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