James Newcomer, 72

James A. Newcomer, 72, Wabash, died at 8:55 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center in LaFontaine, Indiana.  He was born Nov. 6, 1941 in Marion, to Robert and Dorothy (Haley) Newcomer.

He was married to Dorothy Hale in 1959 and she survives. Jim was a member of the Wabash American Legion, and Eagles Lodge, National Rifle Association, and the Teamsters Union, where he served as a union steward. He retired from GenCorp in Wabash and also worked for RCA & Foster Forbes, both in Marion. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, working on vehicles, and carpentry.  He especially enjoyed his family.

He is also survived by four children, Beth Ann Newcomer-Barr, Wabash, Donna M. Watkins, Jacksonville, Fla., John A. (Beth Travis) Newcomer, and Evelyn Christine (Walt Tyler) Baughman, both of Wabash; four grandchildren, Laura Barr, Fort Wayne, James Niccum, Jacksonville,  Mescha Watkins, Muncie, and Erin Hall, Marion; and four great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Katie Wooten and Ruth Randall; and two brothers, Bill Newcomer and Don Newcomer.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 11, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Rich Davis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 3-7 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Rolling Meadows Healthcare Center.

The memorial guest book for James may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Apr 09