James (Jim) Newby, 92, of Cloverdale, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his Cloverdale home.
He was born on December 24, 1926 to the late Lee and Edith Newby, in Indianapolis.
On June 23, 1950 he married Juanita Harris. She passed away on March 21, 2017.
He served in the US Army during the late 1940’s. He was stationed in South Korea and The Philippines. Upon arriving home from overseas he opened and operated Newby Texaco on Girl’s School Road in Indianapolis. In 1959 he and his family took on a new venture and started a grain and livestock farm outside of Coatesville, IN. In 1971 he transitioned into working for agricultural equipment dealerships as a technician. He retired in 1990. He took great pride in doing quality work for the farmers of West Central Indiana. He took so much pride that he was often seen on weekends and cross country vacations sporting his John Deere green pants, yellow work shirt with “Jim” embroidered on the chest, and of course, a John Deere hat. He was referred to by many as one of the top agricultural mechanics in the region during that era. From 1990 to 2002 he and Juanita moved to Inverness, Florida. They quickly found their niche purchasing properties, rehabbing and re-selling them. In 2002 they moved back to Indiana to be closer to family.
Jim is survived by his children: Ernest Newby, Stilesville, Ed Newby (Jo) Cloverdale, Diana “Dee-Dee” Morrissey, Indianapolis, Donna (Brad) Scott, Brownsburg; 13 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Juanita, his parents, a sister Doris Richhart, and his brother Glen Newby.
At his request no services will take place.
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