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He was born on June 24, 1958, to Rebecca Gravatt Perrine and James D. Perrine. He was raised by his grandmother, Sara Gravatt, after the death of his parents in 1961 and 1962 in separate car accidents in Mercer County.
Jim attended New Castle Area schools. He made his home in Des Moines, Iowa, with his wife, Maureen, who preceded him in death in April 2014. At that time, he moved back to Jackson Center to be close to his family.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, outdoor activities and being with family.
He was a woodworker building houses.
Jim is survived by his sister, Sara "Sally" Perrine Sams and her husband, Ted, of Eustis, Florida; a niece, Stephanie Lynn McDowell and her husband, Stephen, of St. Cloud, Florida; three great-nephews, Forrie Osborne and his wife, Amanda, of Washington state, Allen James Osborne of Gainesville, Florida, and Ethian Osborne of St. Cloud, Florida; an uncle, Allen G. Gravatt of Jackson Center; an aunt, Barbara Gravatt of Plain Grove; and many cousins and great-cousins.
He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Sara Gravatt.
At James' request, there will be no services.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cunningham Funeral Home Inc., Grove City.
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