He was a retired Boilermaker, Local 374.
Jim was born in East Chicago, Ind., Aug. 22, 1929, to James Sydney Shaw and Esta Westfall Shaw.
Jim became a boilermaker in 1947 and retired in 1991. He began boxing at the Terre Haute Boy's Club when he was 15 and became a five-time Golden Gloves Champion of Terre Haute. He also represented Indiana in Chicago as a Golden Gloves Champion. Jim was the Indiana AAU Middleweight runner-up and champion, and was the Golden Gloves National Finals in Chicago Middleweight champ two years in a row. He retired from boxing in 1951.
Jim was an avid hunter, fisherman and racecar enthusiast. He competed in races at the Terre Haute Fast Track, driving midgets from 1954-63. Then in 1964, Jim and his brother Dick began racing sprints and building their own cars. Jim raced at tracks throughout Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky until retiring from racing in 1975. He also rarely missed a race at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Jim confessed Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1987 and became a member of the Briley Chapel Church, serving faithfully as a trustee.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Beverly June Nicoson Shaw, Terre Haute, sons Jim and his wife Carl, Mike and his wife Susan, and Randy and his wife Beth, daughters Tammy May and husband Dean, and Tina Sanders and husband Doug, grandchildren Brock (and Erin) Shaw, Trevor (and Christie) Shaw, Michael (and Lauren) Shaw, and Brent Shaw, Nic, Tyler, Sarah, Haley and Christopher Sanders, Jennifer (and Justin) Sears, Rachel (and Justin) Flesher, Natalie (and David) Garland, Jacob (and Anna), Ethan, Jared, Jesse, Judah, Lydia, Eli, Elea, and Julia May, great-grandchildren Mickey Floyd, Ashtyn and Avah Shaw, Braden Shaw, Fiona, Gwen, Tristan and Atticus Flesher, and Samuel May, brothers Fred (and Betty), Charles (and Alice), Bill, Norman, Jerry, Danny (and Cathy), sisters June (and Sonny), Jones, Mary Jane (and Melvin) Smithheart, Phyllis Bashaw, and Maxine Cobb, brother-in-law Russell Hoffman and lots of nieces and nephews.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bob Shaw and Dick Shaw and sister Barbara Hoffman.
Services will be Saturday, April 26, 2008, at 2 p.m., at Maryland Community Church, 4600 S. SR 46, with Pastor Charles Miller and Mr. Randy Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery, Clay City.
Visitation is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, prior to services.
Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, assisted with funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson Research Foundation, PO Box 20256, Sarasota, Fla., 34276, Southern Care Hospice, or Briley Chapel Church, Lewis, Ind.
To light a candle in his memory, visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com.