Zaideman, age 90 of Porter, Ind., passed away on Thursday, February 9, 2017,
while visiting his son in Dunnellon, Florida.
He was born on
February 12, 1926, in Michigan City, Ind., to Cornelius and Cora Zaideman,
both of whom preceded him in death.
Jim is survived by
his sons Mike (Kathy) of Dunnellon, Fla., Greg (Noreen) of Bartlet, Ill.,
Larry (Cathy) and Glenn (Karen), both of Porter, Ind. Also carrying on his
legacy are his grandchildren Matt, Ryan, Kevin, Emily, Erin, Alex, Jessica,
Zachary and Ashley. Great-grandchildren include Jakob, Dylan, Paxton,
Lachlan and Tate. Jim is also survived by his first wife, Nancy Carpenter of
Hebron, many nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat Eleanor Rigby.
He was preceded in
death by his wife LaVonne Zaideman in October of 2003, as well as siblings
Grace Marsh, Gertie Janoski, Florence Main, John Zaideman, Neil Zaideman,
and Jean Lawrence.
A lifelong hard
worker, Jim started early helping his father deliver milk and setting pins
at a bowling alley. He managed to enlist at 17 and served in the Army during
World War II in Germany. Afterward, he joined the Ironworkers Local 395 and
completed many skyscrapers and bridges throughout Chicagoland. He stayed
busy in retirement working at Inman’s Recreation Center until recently.
Jim served his family and community through 18 years as a Webelos Leader and
Cubmaster, 19 years coaching Little League and adult softball teams,
longtime Secretary of the Chesterton Bowling Association, and membership in
the Loyal Order of Moose and American Legion halls.
His passion for
bowling was evident from his participation in countless leagues, attendance
at 40 ABC National Bowling Tournaments, and his wife LaVonne’s serendipitous
meeting and falling for Jim’s “sparkling blue eyes” at Gateway Lanes in
Remaining free time
was spent with family, rooting for a Cubs Championship and watching old
The family will
receive friends on Tuesday, February 14, from 4-8 p.m., at White-Love
Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton.
funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 15, at
Bethlehem Lutheran Church,, 2050 W. 1100 N., Chesterton, with burial at
In lieu of flowers,
donations may be made towards a youth bowling scholarship in Jim’s honor.