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James Holwick Pidgeon

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

Born Nov. 23, 1941, in Salem, he was the son of the late James Arthur Jr. and Betty Jane Pidgeon.

Jim attended Salem High School and was a 1961 graduate of Mercersburg Academy, Mercersburg, PA. In addition to his academic studies, he 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 led ponies for 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 12 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."

Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6 at 11 a.m. in Stark Memorial Funeral Home in Salem. Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 2-4 pm and 6-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to 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.