James Pidgeon

James Holwick Pidgeon, 72, of East Rochester, Ohio passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at his home following an extended illness.

He was born November 23, 1941 in Salem, the son of the late James Arthur Jr. and Betty Jane Pidgeon.

Jim attended Salem High School and was a 1960 graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to his academic studies, Jim enjoyed wrestling and playing football at the Academy. As a youth, Jim attended the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Salem where he was an altar boy. He also led ponies for the Salem Saddle and Polo Club, organized by his father.

Jim was a life-long beef, dairy, and crop farmer as well as co-owner and operator of the Church Budget Monthly Mail Co. in Salem for over 40 years. He enjoyed farming, fishing trips to Rice Lake, Ontario, Canada, and tractor pulls.

Jim is survived by his four children, Kimberly (Joseph) Shipbaugh, Amy (Damon) Deitz, James (Tracie) Pidgeon, and Eric Pidgeon; his brothers, Barry (Rhonda) Pidgeon and Michael (Brenda) Pidgeon; sister-in-law, Dawn (Helmick) Bare, and brother-in-law Eldon (Virginia) Helmick; grandchildren, Carrie (Brock) VanMeter, Joseph Shipbaugh, Erin (Nick) Gotschall, Chevy Deitz, Clay Pidgeon, Jazzlyn Pidgeon, Jadyn Pidgeon and Levi Pidgeon; and twelve nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his loving wife of 51 years, Wanda Sue (Helmick) Pidgeon and his dog and faithful companion, “Buddy.”

Calling hours will be on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home, Salem, Ohio from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Columbiana County Fair Grandstand Fundraising Campaign, PO Box 356, Lisbon, OH 44432.

Jim’s obituary may be viewed and condolences sent to the family online at www.starkmemorial.com