James W. Jaikin, Sr., 65, of Salisbury, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
He was born on Aug. 19, 1948, in Little Falls, a son of the late Peter and Cora (Strait) Jaikin. He was educated at Stratford Central School.
On May 24, 1969, James was united in marriage to Artimisha Ann Belden at the Assembly of God Church in Salisbury. They shared an overabundant amount of blessings during their union of 44 years. Their greatest blessings and ultimate achievements were raising their three children with unconditional love, guidance, mutual respect and support.
James (Jim) was formerly employed as a construction worker, laborer and machine operator for several construction companies until his retirement in 2010.
He was of Methodist faith. He enjoyed going to the Amish auctions with his wife where they had many times of laughter with friends, buying, selling and trading goods. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, camping, making apple cider and building things. Most of all he enjoyed the quality time he spent with his children and grandchildren, the lights of his life. He was a member of the Salisbury Fire Department, S & S Ambulance, the Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club and the National Rifle Association.
James was a family oriented man. His most precious time was spent in the company of his wife, children and grandchildren. James gave selflessly to his family and friends. He had an essence for life and anyone that crossed his path felt genuinely respected by him and he loved people. He and his wife saw the importance of instilling values and tradition within their family. James will be greatly missed by his family, friends and community.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Artimisha Jaikin, at home; his three loving children, Tammy Goodwin and her husband, Jim, of Sherrills Ford, N.C., Kathleen Darling and her husband, David, Jr., of Salisbury, and James Jaikin, Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Salisbury Center; his special grandchildren, Brian Harper, Jr., Katelynn Darling, Kaylie Darling, Rebecca Goodwin, Cassandra Jaikin, Alexia Jaikin and Gabriella Jaikin; three brothers, Peter Jaikin and his wife, Ruth, Acie Jaikin and his wife, Marie, and Frank Jaikin and his wife, Evelyn; four sisters, Linda Dykeman, Mary Mosher and her husband, Harold, Annabelle Hayes and Eva Carpenter; a brother-in-law, Stanley Hayes; two uncles, George Strait and Jimmy Strait and his wife, Marsha; two brothers-in-law, Edward Belden and Corless (Corky) Belden; special friends, Bob and Dawn Santmyer and Allen and Diane Weaver; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf St., Dolgeville. Funeral services will be held immediately following with Pastor Rodney Congdon officiating. Interment will follow at Curtis Corners Cemetery is Salisbury.
An open invitation to the Dolgeville Rod and Gun Club on Peckville Road in Dolgeville is extended to anyone who would like to join the family in celebrating his life after the graveside service.
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