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James Ladd, Sr.James William Ladd, Sr., 82, of Williamsburg, passed away on Saturday, November 16, at Reid Hospital.
He was born on June 10, 1931 in Williamsburg to John Reuben and Cordie Mae Fleenor Ladd. He was a 1949 graduate of Williamsburg High School. He married his high school sweetheart, the former Lois Ann Laymon on September 17, 1949. That was the beginning of 64 years of marriage that was blessed with eight children, 17 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Ladd started working at the former Hoosier Store in 1949. He began working at Wayne Works in 1951 before becoming a milk man at Miller Dairy in 1953. From 1955-69, he was an independent driver for Wayne Dairy before rejoining Wayne Bus Division. In 1971, he formed Ladd Transit Service, Inc. and formed Ladd Custom Products in 1978.
Mr. Ladd was a charter member of the Williamsburg Lions Club and was a humble benefactor to his community and its youth. He organized the Wayne County Little League program in 1955 and served as commissioner for 17 years. He made sure the ball diamonds in Williamsburg had lights when the need arose. He helped improve traffic safety in Williamsburg in the early 1970s by adding stop signs at many intersections. He refereed basketball games in all the county schools for 20 years and umpired baseball for a couple of years. In the 1980s, he sponsored and helped coach a traveling womenâs softball team known as Laddâs.
Mr. Ladd will be missed by his wife of 64 years, Lois; children, Michael âTobyâ Ladd, Susan Ladd, Joe Ladd and his wife, Mary; Tom Ladd and his wife, Michelle, Amy Ladd and Mary Dowler and her husband, Kevin; daughter-in-law Geneva Ladd; 15 grandkids and 12 great-grandkids.
Mr. Ladd was preceded in death by his sons, James âJamieâ Ladd, Jr., in 2009 and Dennis Ladd, in 1996; granddaughter, Brandi Renee Ladd; grandson, Joshua Tobias Ladd; and siblings Kate, Dave, Mae, Oris, Evelyn, Eula, Ethel, John Jr., Irene, Nora, Marg and Pat.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, in the Williamsburg Community Center gymnasium, 8441 Centerville Road North, Williamsburg. Interment will follow in Williamsburg Cemetery.
Family & friends may gather for visitation from 3-7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20, and 10-11 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, in the gym.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Williamsburg Community Center, PO Box 145, Williamsburg, IN 47393, or the Williamsburg Youth League, PO Box 42, Williamsburg, IN 47393.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.smithmcquistonwebster.com .
Lois and all the Ladd family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Love, Shirley , Naples, Fl
Shirley Joyce (widow of Danna Joyce) Nov 22 2013 12:00 AM
I am thinking of you with much love right now as you say a loving goodbye to your Dad; but you will see each other again. I know how close you are to your parents, and I can identify with that myself, as you know.
I can't even imagine how proud your Dad was of all his kids. I did not know he was such a community inspiration and all the good he did in his life. You are very lucky to have several siblings to help you deal with the grief and pain which accompanies the death of a precious parent. It is our best gift in life, having parents to be there for us to support and love us through all the trials and tribulations we encounter. Most of all though, you were a wonderful gift to him. Your inner and outer beauty make any day better, so I know positively you brightened up his world when you were around.
Much love to you and your precious kids,
Jeanie Lindsey Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM
Lois and Family - We are so very sorry about your loss of a loved one. Jim was such a special guy and we certainly have fond memories of him - especially his interest in girl's softball. We can remember the many games we attended with our granddaughter, Ashley, to watch her and the girls play. He was such a caring and giving man who will be missed greatly by many people. May God be with you during this troubling time. Sally and Gordon Ricketts
Sally Ricketts Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM
I remember my Dad telling me years ago if I needed any help with programs for girls, to talk to Jim Ladd as he was an expert. Jim became my friend and helped me with all of the programs I was involved with. He loved his family, his community and his ability to be a part of good things happening. He will be missed by everyone who knew him or came in contact with him in any way. My thoughts are with you.
Ann McBride England Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM
To the Ladd family:
You are in our thoughts at this sad time. Jim was always so kind to Brianna, she thought of him like a Grandfather. Please accept our sympathy.
Angi and Craig Beck and Pat Rigsby Nov 20 2013 12:00 AM
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the whole family. Sue & Desi, we have some very fond memories of your father/grandfather during our days of softball. Cherish all the good memories you have from years gone by. We are thinking of you.
Steve & Audrey Perry Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM
So Sorry to hear of your Father's passing what a man he was we owe him so much he was with our Father Jerry Martin when he had a heart attack and if it was not for him our Dad wouldnt have been here today your family has been a big part of the Williamsburg Community know that we are praying for your strength and peace in this time and that you find great Comfort in knowing that he will not be far from each one of you in your hearts Sorry again for your loss
Mary Kendall Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy goes out to all the extended Ladd family at the loss of Jim. Your obituary is a wonderful tribute to his life and seeing the names of all his brothers and sisters has taken me on a journey of memories. When Bob was in the service I took his Mother, Eula, on many a family visit, and came to know so many of you. Thank you (Ladds) for letting me be part of your family. God bless you all during this sad time. It is the end of an era.
Frances Kinder (widow of Bob Kinder Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM
Mrs. Ladd,Toby, Joe, Sue and family, I know God is covering you with strength, love, peace, mercy and grace. Sorry to hear of Mr. James passing but what a wonderful long life he had lived. It still is hard to let go of a parent. Anyone from Williamsburg would always think (or at least I did)of Mr. Ladd as the founding father. The whole family has touched and enriched all of our lives. Dennis and I where in class together,Toby lived down George Davis Road from my family for while. Mr. Ladd always had smile and always seemed so eager to help with anything. What an amazing family you all are and great legacy Mr. Ladd leaves to be carried on. But what God does best is gives us treasures to put the great memories deep into our hearts to give us encouragement, hope and remembrance of how special God's love is. And I have so many memories. I am so thankful for knowing your family. I will continue to pray for healing and peace. God Bless you all.
Kim Whalen, Virginia Beach Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM
Mrs. Ladd, Toby and Sue and all the family members, sorry to hear of your loss. you and yours are in our prayers. I knew Jim when I lived in Williamsburg as a young man before moving to New Castle. I know your husband,father and grand father will greatly be missed.
Reverend Michael D. Dingle Nov 19 2013 12:00 AM