Rev. James ‘Jim’ Russell Temple




The Rev. James “Jim” Russell Temple, age 74, passed away peacefully at his home in Medora surrounded by his loving family on April 11, 2018.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Hague Funeral Home of Medora, Indiana, with Rev. Matt Roberts officiating. Burial will be at White River Valley Cemetery of Medora. Friends and family may call at Hague Funeral Home on Saturday, April 14, 2018, after 10:00 am until time of service.

Jim was born in Medora on December 11, 1943, to the late Rev. Albert and Regina (McClintock) Temple. On December 25, 1970, in Bloomington, Indiana, he married Martha (Stanton) Temple.

Jim was a loving father and Papaw. He served in the Navy on the USS Saratoga. He was a retired truck driver after 44 years. He drove for Moon Freight Lines out of Bloomington and ABF Freight from Kingman, Arizona and Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a member of Local 135, 104, and 100 of the Teamsters Union. He also worked at Bundy Brothers and for many local farmers to keep him occupied after retirement. His major passion was talking on the CB radio and he was known as Rev. Mister Black. He was an avid reader and traveler. He never met a stranger, and was known for bringing joy to many peoples lives. He was a pastor for over 11 years for many of the local churches and spent the last two years pastoring at Heltonville Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Medora Wesleyan Church and attended Haleysburg Nazarene Church.

He is survived by his wife, Martha, sons: James (Katie) Temple and Richard Temple; daughters: Amy Temple, Angela Temple, and Elizabeth (Andrew) Ault; brothers: Dennis (Kendra) Temple and Paul (Sheila) Temple; sisters: Wanda (Robert) Stabler, Cheryl Underwood, Charlotte Brewer, Becky (Tom) Davidson, and Theresa Temple; 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Susie Huffman.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital through Hague Funeral Home, Medora.

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