James E. Abbinett, 64, of Las Vegas, Nevada and formerly of Terre Haute, Indiana, passed away on November 28, 2012 in his home with his loving wife & daughter by his side, after a six year courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born on March 18, 1948 in Terre Haute, Indiana to Bette Lee Wells Abbinett and Albert E. Abbinett, Jr.
Jim was a graduate of Indiana State University where he earned a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Management. While at ISU he, along with David Gibbs and Stan Ritzert, co-founded the ISU Student Chapter of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers and Jim served as its first President. Jim spent over 25 years in manufacturing management. He worked at CBS on Fruitridge where he met Karyn. He then worked for his father-in-law at Leisure Manufactured Homes for a few years, then opened up a second location which he owned and operated with his brother-in-law Allen Lindley for 10 years. Jim retired from Merrillat Industries in Las Vegas.
Jim served in the U.S. Army, Active Duty, Army Reserve and the Indiana National Guard for a combined total of 13 Years. In the National Guard, he reached the rank of Captain and commanded Company "A" of the Terre Haute National Guard on Maple Avenue for 3 years.
Jim was also on the Board of the United Way of the Wabash Valley and served as its President from 1982-1983.
Jim married Karyn L. Church (West Terre Haute) on Oct. 3, 1981 and they have lived in Las Vegas, Nevada for 19 years.
Jim will always be remembered by his family and friends as a great speaker, a great story teller and a great practical joker, but most of all a good man who was a devoted husband, loving father, a caring friend and the best Grandpa to his two grand-sons.
Jim loved hunting, football and always had a "household" project in the works.
Jim is survived by his loving wife his wife of 31 years, Karyn (Church) Abbinett, Daughter J. Marie Harrod (Mike) of Las Vegas, Stepson William "Joe" Lydick, Jr. (Michelle) of West Terre Haute, Stepson Scott Lydick (Sarah) of Ooltewah, TN and two grandsons, Cole Lydick of West Terre Haute and James Harrod of Las Vegas. A sister, Suzanne Lindley ( Allen) of Terre Haute, Brother Jonathon Abbinett of Las Vegas, Brother Kim Abbinett of Terre Haute, and sister-in-law, Drena Copra (Cody Wilder) of Nashville, TN. Jim had many other Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews to numerous to mention, but he loved them all.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents Albert, Jr & Bette (Abbinett) Garrard, Step-Father Robert L. Garrard DDS, Grandparents James Hoyt & Susan Elizabeth Wells, Albert Abbinett, Sr., John & Beulah Harper, in- laws Walter & Betty Church, Jr., and his beloved Daschund, Niles.
Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3:30 on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be at 3:30 on Saturday at the funeral home. Jim will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. Jim would ask, since he is a disabled veteran, that in lieu of flowers, you give a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project at supportwoundedwarriorproject.org.
Online condolences may be made at www.roselawnfuneralhome.net