James F. Thistle

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
James F. Thistle

James F. Thistle, husband of Julia, father of Jim and daughter-in-law Jennifer, father of Sarah and son-in-law Ryan, Papaw of Charlotte and good friend of Graham and Ava went to be with his Lord and Savior on June 17, 2018 following a brief, yet valiant, battle with cancer.

Jim began his life in Sistersville, West Virginia, on November 1, 1947 as the son of William B. and Martha Gene (Conant) Thistle.

As a young boy Jimís family moved to Erie, Pennsylvania where his father began working for G.C. Murphy Company. Following a short tenure with the company in Pennsylvania they relocated to Brazil, Indiana where Bill worked for many area G.C. Murphy stores. Jim attended Brazil High School where he was involved in the band and drama programs.

He graduated from Brazil High School with the class of 1965 and began studying education at Indiana State. While attending college he majored in music and graduated with a masterís degree in music education. Jim was employed by the Clay Community School Corporation, as a music teacher and band director, where he impacted the lives of his students for over 30 years.

Jim was an active member of Christ Community Church where he served on the worship team. Jim worked as a professional musician in the Wabash Valley for over 50 years and played drums with various bands such as:

The Baxter Band, area concert bands, and the Men of Note. Jimís dedication to music earned him a place in the Wabash Valley Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Jim was an avid collector of model trains and hit-and-miss farm engines.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents William and Gene Thistle.

Jim is survived by his wife Julia Thistle whom he married on August 8, 1970; a son James ďJayĒ Thistle and wife Jennifer of Nashville, Tennessee; a daughter Sarah Kidd and husband Ryan of West Chester, Ohio; grandchildren Charlotte Kidd, Graham Kidd, and Ava Kidd; a sister Nancy Ibberson and husband John of Riley, Indiana; a nephew Christopher Ibberson as well as a host of friends.

Visitation will be at Christ Community Church, 10942 State Road 59, Brazil, IN 47834 on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 3-8pm. A celebration of life will be held at the church on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 1:00pm. Private graveside services will be held at Clearview Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church, on Saturday, from noon until time of services.

Pall bearers will be Ryan Kidd, Jim Thistle, Randy Koehler, Mike Connors, Shane Robertson, Larry McCoy, Reza Farid, and Norm Hanson. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Chris Ibberson, Chris Buck, Pete Kikta, Kenny Ripple, and Terry Timberman.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Inside Out Recovery 1408 E Hendrix St, Brazil, IN 47834 and the Northview Band Boosters 3150 West State Road 340 Brazil, Indiana 47834. Donations will be expressly earmarked to assist students with band fees.

Visit www.frenchfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.