James R. “Jim” Wayman, age 59, of rural Norman, passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017, at his home while reading scripture and preparing for church. Born June 1, 1958, in Seymour, Indiana, he was the son of Robert and Phyllis (Mulberry) Wayman.
Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Connie Jo; children, Jennifer (Alan) Harris of Seymour, Emily (Miles) Moody of South Carolina, Bradley Wayman of Cincinnati, Brian Wayman of Westport, Benjamin Wayman of Terre Haute and Beth Anne Wayman of Clarksville; sisters, Jane (Dick) Parman of Brownstown and Janice (Monte) McKinney of South Carolina; father and mother-in-law, George and Vera Ann Robbins of Seymour; and sisters-in-law, Cathy (David) Hildebrand and Karen (Michael) James, both of Seymour. Jim also leaves behind several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Jim graduated from Purdue University in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. He then accepted a position at Houston Lighting and Power in Houston, Texas. From 1986 to 1989, he served as Johnson County Engineer in Franklin, Indiana. In early 1989, Jim began working as a civil engineer with Bateman Engineering Company in Seymour. He additionally achieved his certificate as a land surveyor in the state of Indiana. Jim and his wife Connie continued the business as Wayman & Associates in 2001. Jim was instrumental in numerous road and bridge projects with the state, city, county and private landowners. When called upon, he served as the City Engineer for Seymour.
Jim served on numerous boards, including the Brownstown Central School Board for almost 20 years, the City Planning Commission and the Plat Committee. He made recommendations to the Board of Works, Zoning Appeals and the City Council, and he reviewed proposed projects for compliance with city ordinances. Jim enjoyed working with each and every client and he strove for excellence in completing their projects.
After graduating from college, Jim married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Connie Jo Robbins, on June 21, 1980. They welcomed their first child, Jennifer, in 1984. In 1988, they were blessed again with another daughter, Emily. In 2002, God led Jim and Connie to adopt four beautiful children (Bradley, Benjamin, Brian and Beth Anne) from Simferopol, in the Crimean Peninsula of the Ukraine.
Jim was a member of Kurtz Church of the Nazarene, where he served as a trustee and enjoyed being called upon to read scripture. While God was the center of his life, Jim loved his family with equal devotion. He loved spending time with them, especially while camping, hunting, fishing and enjoying water sports. He loved to share his knowledge and passion in stargazing, woodworking and bird watching. He was thrilled to see the Great American Eclipse on August 21 with a gathering of friends and family.
Jim was an avid fan of the “M*A*S*H” television show and found great joy in Charlie Brown and friends in the Peanuts comic strips and holiday specials.
Jim was a great blessing to his family and the countless others he impacted throughout his life and he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Services will be conducted by Pastors Floyd Fisher and Steve Greene at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14, 2017, at The Point church in Seymour. Visitation will start at 2:00 p.m. Thursday and continue until service time.
Condolences may be sent for the family to Woodlawn Funeral Home at 311 Holiday Square Road or online at www.WoodlawnFamilyFuneral.com.
Memorials may be given to the Kurtz Church Building Fund in care of Woodlawn, or to the donor’s choice of charities.