Watson, Jimmie Curry 85, passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. The son of Clyde and Delia Watson, Jim was born on October 27, 1930 in Carbondale, Kansas. Jim moved to Osage City and then to Burlington, Kansas during grade school. In 1942, the family moved to Wichita. He attended Roosevelt Junior High and East High School in Wichita, graduating from high school in 1948. Following high school, Jim started work at the Wichita Beacon newspaper as a stereotyper. From 1951 to 1954, during the Korean War
, Jim served in the U.S. Navy
on the USS George Clymer and the USS Diachenko, which were destroyer escorts. Among other duties, he was a member of the underwater demolition team. After returning to Wichita after his service in the Navy, Jim resumed work at the Wichita Beacon. In 1960, he began work at the Wichita Eagle. In all, he worked for 44 years as a stereotyper and platemaker, and in production at the two Wichita newspapers. Jim became a charter member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Wichita in 1955, and remained very active in the church his whole life. He enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, and volunteering as a driver for the elderly and at Sandpiper Bay Health Care Center. He married Eleanor Watson in 1950, in Wichita. She preceded him in death on September 3, 2011. Survivors include his son, Steve and his wife, Bobbie of Topeka; son, Mike and his wife, Cheryl of Appleton, Wisconsin; three grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, February 22, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2258 Marigold, Wichita. Donations may be made in Jim's name to Good Shepherd Hospice.