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 James Everett “Jim” Abbey

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James Everett “Jim” Abbey

  • Birth 16 Aug 1923 Winters, Yolo County, California, USA
  • Death 24 Jul 2011
  • Burial Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 74552706

Note: SSDI lists Death Date as 25 Jul 2011.

Age: 87 yrs.

S/O Bertram Oswell Abbey & Hattie (Lewis) Abbey
H/O Josephine Louise (Parr) Burroughs Abbey (19 Aug 1916-10 Jul 1996); m May 1948, Carson City, Nevada, USA
F/O Sandra Jean (Abbey) Fromm

Last Residence: Modesto, Stanislaus County, California 95357, USA [SSDI]

Obituary, Modesto (CA) Bee, 29 Jul 2011:

James (Jim) Abbey - born Aug. 16, 1923 passed away July 24, 2011 of natural causes. Jim was born to Bert and Haltie Lewis Abbey in Winters, Ca. At age 3 he moved to Modesto. He attended Capitol, John Muir, Roosevelt, and Modesto High School. He played basketball, baseball, and football all 4 years in high school. During high school Jim worked at Conrad & Rowe Body Shop. Upon graduating Jim worked at Pacific Bridges in Alameda as a shell welder.

In May 1942 Jim was drafted to Fort Ord Basic Training as a motor mechanic. He proudly served in Pearl Harbor, Australia, and New Caledonia as a replacement soldier in the "Americal Division", Guadalcanal, Solomon and Fiji Islands, Bougainville, Cebu, Leyte, Negros, and Yokohama. He was discharged Dec. 2, 1945 as a Master Sergeant with a victory medal, good conduct medal, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze star, and an Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

When returning home Jim farmed and raised beef cattle. Soon farming became a side job as he owned and operated Abbey's Body Shop and Abbey's Restaurant/Fountain in Turlock.

May of 1948 he married Josephine Parr and they resided in Modesto while raising their 1 daughter, Sandra. Jim continued farming while working as a sub contractor, building homes in the College area of Modesto.

In 1953 Jim began his 40-year career as a dedicated and loyal Plant Manager of Stanislaus Food Products in Modesto. Farming continued while working at Stanislaus Foods. At the age of 70 Jim retired from Stanislaus Foods and continued farming.

Post retirement Jim spent farming and enjoying family and friends. Jim and Josephine were happily married 54 years until her death in 1996. Jim was a faithful fan and proud grandpa who would always be seen at his grandsons many baseball and basketball games, following them thru college.

Jim is survived by his daughter Sandra (Gary) Fromm, grandson Jereme Fromm and grandson Brandon (Tara) Fromm.

Hard working and humble, he was an amazing man! He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial will be held Tues. Aug. 2 @ 11:00 a.m. at Lakewood Funeral Home, 900 Santa Fe Ave., Hughson, CA. with burial to follow. Remembrances can be made to Community Hospice. An online guestbook is available at www.lakewoodhughson.com. Lakewood Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.


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  • Created by: Earl Abbe
  • Added: 7 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74552706
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Everett “Jim” Abbey (16 Aug 1923–24 Jul 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74552706, citing Lakewood Memorial Park, Hughson, Stanislaus County, California, USA ; Maintained by Earl Abbe (contributor 46843447) .