Jim Adcock, 86, passed away peacefully under hospice care on December 20, 2022 in Westerville, OH surrounded by those who loved him. He battled renal disease with dialysis for almost six years with the help of the caring team at Fresenius Westerville. He was a resident of Danbury Westerville for four years and had many devoted caregivers, especially those in memory care. Jim was always a gentleman, had a good heart, and was known for making others laugh with witty remarks.
Born in Licking County (Marne, OH) to Beatrice and John Adcock, Sr., Jim was the oldest of his three siblings (Johnny, Bill, and Cheri). Jim is preceded in death by his beautiful wife, Pat. They were married for 61 wonderful years. Jim is survived by his two loving daughters (Kristi and Tami) and is "PeePaw" to one amazing grandson (Matthew). He is also survived by one brother (Bill), sisters-in-law (Judy and Heddi), in addition to many nieces, nephews, and lifelong friends.
Jim led his family with kindness and strength. He kept his family close as they grew, with the entire family getting together to celebrate special events or go on trips together – even driving from Ohio to California and back in 2012! Jim’s favorite activities included any project with Matthew – they both had a love of tools! Together they worked on vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, etc.), built many things (garage, sheds, fences, decks, stairs, models, and more), played pool, and enjoyed going to the Sunbury Grill. Jim also enjoyed helping his daughters with handyman projects – he could build or fix anything! With Pat, he had the joy of traveling over 100,000 miles together on Gold Wing motorcycle adventures across every state east of the Mississippi. Jim was an outstanding husband, father, and grandfather!
Throughout his life he enjoyed music and had a huge record album collection. (He even whistled while he worked!) He also liked to watch movies, read books, put together any kind of puzzle, and tinker with his model train set. He was always thorough (read every direction or instruction) plus very organized – everything in its correct place. Jim was passionate about cars from a young age and was a great mechanic. He also had amazing woodworking skills and was able to create furniture (desks, dressers, headboards, shelves, even a guinea pig cage), in addition to building a garage/workshop. Jim even designed and built their house in Galena! He loved working outdoors especially when it was hot – whether in the yard, in the garage, or just sitting in a lawn chair on the driveway (with a toothpick in his mouth).
Jim was also an Army Veteran. He was drafted in 1958 and did basic training at Fort Knox in Kentucky. He then went on to Camp Hanford in Kennewick, WA where he was a specialist fourth class until discharge in 1960. Jim served in the active reserves from 1960-1962 and the standby reserves from 1962-1964. During his time in the Army, Jim was an expert sharpshooter and marksman, receiving accommodations and medals. He studied mechanical engineering, was a mechanical draftsman, a machinist apprentice, a millman at a lumberyard, plus a clerk typist. Jim will be honored with a military ceremony at the cemetery service.
Thank you for celebrating and sharing in Jim’s life.
Family will receive friends at Hill Funeral Home, 220 S State Street, Westerville on Wednesday December 28, 2022, starting at 10:00 AM. A service will be held at 11:00 AM followed by an interment at Northlawn Memory Gardens.