Mr. James Vernon “Jim” Bladen, age 77, of Indianapolis, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on May 20 1942 in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr. and Julia May (Jones) Bladen. He was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana and was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. Jim was inducted into the United States Navy on March 15, 1962 in Vevay, Indiana. He served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Aviation Maintenance Administration Man Third Class on March 11, 1965 in Norfolk, Virginia. Jim was united in marriage to Lelia Mae “Lillian” Brown on December 26, 1984 in Owenton, Kentucky and they shared 18 years of marriage together until she passed away on January 9, 2002. He was later united in marriage on April 14, 2006, in Buckhorn, Kentucky, to the late, Cynthia Druann “Cindy” Sprague and they shared five years of marriage together until she passed away on August 20, 2011. On April 16, 2016 in Vevay, Indiana, Jim was united in marriage to Pamela Sue Faulk. Jim and Pamela shared nearly four years of marriage together until his death. Jim owned and operated Bladen’s Concrete in Vevay, Indiana. He was employed for the Switzerland County Economic Development Corporation in Vevay, Indiana, for several years and was an electrician. He was also employed for the Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana. Jim resided in the Switzerland County community all of his life until moving to the Indianapolis community for two years where he resided until his death. Jim was a member of the Vevay American Legion Post #185 and the Vevay VFW Post #5396 where he served on the Honor Guard. He was also a faithful member of the Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Jim enjoyed fishing, hunting, farming, playing euchre at the Vevay American Legion and VFW and was always a handyman. Jim passed away at 2:08 a.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Washington Healthcare Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
James will be missed by his loving wife, Pamela Sue (Faulk) Bladen of Indianapolis, IN; his brother, Steve “Bear” Bladen and his wife, Martha of Vevay, IN; his best friends, Jim and Joan Barry of Vevay, IN and his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey Edward Bladen, Sr., died June 19, 1960 and Julia May (Jones) Bladen, died October 2, 1970; his 1st wife, Lelia Mae “Lillian” (Brown) Bladen, died January 9, 2002; his 2nd wife, Cynthia Druann “Cindy” (Sprague) Bladen, died August 20, 2011; his brothers, Harvey Edward “Bud” Bladen, Jr., died July 3, 1991 and Donald Augustus Bladen, died May 13, 2001 and his sisters, Arvenia (Bladen) Whiteford, died July 9, 1988, Oleta Jane “Janie” Kimmons, died November 2, 1995, Addie Wilena (Bladen) Stewart, died August 25, 1998 and Wanda JoAnn Chipman, died February 27, 2010.
Friends may call 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street, Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM, Vevay American Legion Post #185 & Vevay VFW Post #5396 will conduct services on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 1:00 p.m., at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.
Interment will follow a later date in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vevay American Legion Post #185, Vevay VFW Post #5396 or Switzerland Masonic Lodge #122 F&AM. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com