James O. "Jim" Dearing, 71, of Lynnville, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2005 at St. Mary's Medical Center, in Evansville. He was born in Gibson County on April 14, 1933

He retired from the military as a staff sergeant after 20 years and also retired from Alcoa after 20 years. He also was a lifetime member of the Aluminum, Brick and Glass Worker International, Local 104, American Legion Post 200, VFW Post 1114 and a lifetime member of the N.R.A. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and bantering with whoever wanted to engage. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and most especially a loving husband to his own angel, his wife. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Dearing and Elizabeth (Tetrick) Davis and four brothers, Bobbie Earl, Jack, Larry Lee and Louis Edward Dearing. 

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Madge (McKannan) Dearing; six children, "Bunny" Christopher, of Colorado Springs, Colo., James R. Dearing and William A. "Bill" Dearing (Jane), of Greenup, Ill., Vicki M. Sietz and Mark E. Dearing (Donna), of Evansville and George M. Dearing (Shirley Reed), of Lynnville; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Dearing Jr., of Harrison, Ark. and Alvin Dearing, of Princeton; five sisters, Ruthanne Antey, of Princeton, Sharon Green, of Evansville, Carol Houser, Mary Bueker and Jane Dearing, of Greenup, Ill.; step mother, Barbara June Dearing; a step brother, Pete Tincher, of Greenup, Ill.; and a step sister, Joyce Tincher, of Oklahoma. 

Funeral services will be held at
2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2005 at Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with the Rev. Craig Duke officiating. Burial will be in the Columbia White Church Cemetery, in Princeton. Friends and family may call from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday. VFW Post 1147 will provide military graveside services.