James Truman, 71, of Walton passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 in the arms of his loving family.
James was born June 14, 1948 to the late Fred Charles and Frances Marie Doyle Truman.
James lived most of his life in Walton, graduating in Walton’s Class of 1966. While in high school, Jim was active in sports, was the quarterback for the football team and was crowned Prom King. His love of sports didn’t end after high school when he played softball on Walton’s Over 50’s Team and was an active member of the Delhi College Golf Course for many years.
After graduating high school, Jim went on to attend Alfred State, majoring in architectural drafting. After one year at Alfred State, Jim enlisted in the United States Army from 1967 to 1970. Jim served as a heavy equipment operator stationed locally at Fort Benning, Georgia and overseas in Thailand.
Most of Jim’s life was spent working as a production worker spending 20 years with the Del-Met Cooperation until they moved. Later he worked for Domo-Friesland Campina where he worked for 23 years before retiring in 2015.
Special times for Jim were spent on his front porch or back deck watching and feeding his birds. He also enjoyed some more types of wildlife including a bear on his front porch. He made a daily trip the Country Store for lottery tickets and often drove to Delhi Price Chopper for muffins regardless of his sugar levels. Playing golf with Jeff, Judd, John, Tom, Hank, Duke and Rusty or whoever he’d run into. But most of all Jim was a family man, watching the Yankees with Michelle, talking golf with Dustin and chasing after the grandchildren.
James leaves behind his best friend and love of his life Elnora (Ellie Green) Truman to whom he was married for 35 years. Together they raised two beautiful children, Daddy’s little girl Michelle (Pete Stanton) Truman and Dustin (Jackie Hunt) Truman who will be married on Sept. 14, 2019; grandchildren Cadence and Zander Stanton and Easton Truman; step-grandchildren Jerome Stanton, Kieh Nordberg and Logan Nordberg; one God Child Kateland Coons; sisters and brothers-in law Donna Truman, Debbie Sherwood, Terri Green, Karen (Tery) Glance and Mike Green; special niece Meredith Truman and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Jim is also survived by very special friends Dick and Mary Hafele.
Besides his parents, James was predeceased by his brother Walter Truman, mother-in-law Elinor Northrup, several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Calling hours to which relatives and friends are invited to attend will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 10-12 P.M. at New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton. Funeral services will follow at the church at 12 P.M. with Pastor Larry Light officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Avenue, Walton. A celebration of Jim’s life will continue at the New Hope Community Church following the burial.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Junior Golf Association, C/O Delhi College Golf Course, 85 Scotch Mountain Road, Delhi, NY 13753 or the Walton Cemetery Association, PO Box 122, Walton, NY 13856.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. To leave a message of hope and sympathy for Jim’s family please visit www.courtneyfh.com