James Damme

James Arnold Fritz Damme, 94, of Blaine, Kansas, formerly of Casper, Wyoming, died Thursday, September 13, 2012, at his home. He had been a resident of the area since 2000.

Jim was born March 5, 1918, in Morris, Oklahoma, the son of Arnold and Temperance Rose Damme. He attended local schools and graduated from High School in New Lima, Oklahoma. Jim served in the United States Army during WWII. He was stationed in the Pacific Theatre including, New Guinea, The Philippines and Guam.

Jim worked for 36 years for Halliburton Services as a Division Mechanic. He worked most of his years in Indiana, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, in and near the oil fields. He lived in Evansville, Indiana, and Casper, Wyoming, before moving to Blaine.

Jim loved to tinker and could fix most anything. He enjoyed camping and boating, hunting and fishing. He loved most anything outdoors and spent many summers camping. Jim was known to help keep the campgrounds he stayed at mowed and trimmed. He was a former member of the Elks and Moose Lodges. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion.

He married Betty McIntyre in 1942. They were later divorced. He then married Edith Brock in 1975. She preceded him in death.

Jim is survived by his companion of many years, Turie Mahlman; his children, Sue Morgan and her husband, Roger of Norcross, Georgia, Richard Damme and his wife, Mary Jane of Blaine; his step-daughter, Lynn Bromley of Phoenix, Arizona; one granddaughter, Julie Norman and her husband, Jamie of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and two great-grandchildren, Abby and Jack. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Herman and Earl.

Jim requested that his body be cremated and all services be private.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Frankfort American Legion, and those may be sent in care of Kufahl Funeral Home in Wheaton. Online condolences may be made at www.campanellafuneral.com