July 8th, 1938 - March 3rd, 2019
James L. Inman, 80, of Hamilton, died Sunday, March 3, at Kettering Medical Center in Dayton. He was born July 8, 1938, in Camden, Ohio, to the late James S. and Goldie M. Inman.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Paul Inman, his brother, Conrad Inman, five nieces and nephews, Spence Inman (Lori), Todd Inman (Tara), Allison Inman, Aaron Paul (Jen) and Dara Paul (Patrick Hallene), and many dear friends and neighbors.
Jim attended Miami University, was a member of the Navy Reserve, and lived briefly in Santa Monica, California. He worked many years in data processing at Fisher Body and was a riverboat captain on the Ohio River. He lived to be in the great outdoors. Whether in the Boundary Waters, the Florida Keys or the springs of Ocala National Forest, he enjoyed diving, canoeing, bicycling, hiking, camping and fishing. He also loved his home wildlife -- feeding birds, watching deer, and telling stories in the breezeway.
Jim had a dry wit, a mischievous grin, and a unique way with words. He was often silly but equally sensitive, warm, and generous. He had an especially profound influence on his nieces and nephews.
Jim lived his life very well, right up to the end. Even at age 80, he would tell his hiking buddy (no doubt with a big grin) that they needed to get outside while they were still young .
Jim preferred not to have a funeral, but we’ll honor his memory every time we watch the birds, paddle a river, talk by a campfire, or help a neighbor.
|It was a pleasure knowing Jim and getting to see him last fall at Oliver and Thea’s party. He was a wonderful man and lived life well. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy during this difficult time.|
Karen Brunner Taylor
|I'll miss seeing him at our church ice cream social and our fire dept. dinner. He would stop and say hi on his trips to rush run. We would talk about the old days and the times Bill and him had. Lots of memories and good times Sympathies to Sharon and Connie he will be missed|
|I have known Jim for 45 years and worked with him for 11 years at Fisher Body on 3rd shift. He was the only bright spot while working there. In the last 10 years we became very close friends. We hike the trails "while we are still young" and went for groceries, which meant go for something to eat. I now regret that we didn't do it more often. Jim was the most interesting person I have known. He had a way of saying things that would bring a smile to your face. He loved the outdoors and ate breakfast on his breezeway every day the weather permitting. For me a era is over and I will always remember Jim he was one of a kind. Sympathies to family.|
|Dear Sharon, I express my Sympathy sure miss seeing you. Wish we could get together Bob passed away 10 years ago.|
Vicki and Todd Wright
|Jim was a special friend throughout our lives. He was kind, caring, and wonderful. We always enjoyed talking to him about his outdoor adventures, especially paddling and bicycling. We will never forget his adventurous spirit and warm heart. Our thoughts are with you, Sharon, and the whole family.|