James R. Trueblood, age 96, of Ionia, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020. He was born on June 30th, 1923 in St. Johns, Michigan, the son of William and Bessie Trueblood.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edith; brother, Orville, sister, Mildred; and son, Bill.
Surviving are his son, James Robert (Susie) Trueblood, daughter in law, Nancy Beirlein; three grandchildren, Bill Trueblood Jr. of Ionia, Lisa Trueblood of North Carolina and Jason Trueblood of Grand Rapids; and five great-grandchildren, Madison, Amelia, Marie, Grace and Peter.
Jim served in the Army Air Force during WWII and belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Jim rebuilt and flew a Piper Tri-Pacer with sons Bob and Bill and he belonged to the Michigan Chapter of the Short Wing Piper Club.
Jim photographed area football games, was a news stringer for stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Kalamazoo, was a projectionist at the Ionia Drive In and filmed publicity for the Ionia Free Fair, even riding in the Goodyear Blimp over the Ionia Free Fairgrounds.
Besides being a mechanic, parts manager, and garage supervisor, Jim restored several antique cars. He attended the NASCAR tuning school and worked on his son, Bill's, race cars, which won a few season championships.
Services will take place at a later date. Arrangements in care of Lake Funeral Home in Ionia. Online condolences may be made at www.lakefuneralhomes.com