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James Madison "Jim" Custer

November 6, 1931 ~ July 9, 2020 (age 88)

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James Madison “Jim” Custer, age 88 of Daleville, passed away Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Jim was born in Vinton November 6, 1931 and lived in Daleville the past 26 years. He was the son of the late Benjamin M. and Flora L. Custer.

Jim retired as a supervisor machinist with Phillip Morris Tobacco after 27 years of service. He served in The United States Marine Corps during the Korean War where he received the Silver Star and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Jim enjoyed groundhog hunting, woodworking, story-telling, vegetable gardening, sharing a meal with family and friends, and was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda; son, Jeff; and his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his son Greg; daughter, Shelia; grandchildren: Lindsey, Lee, Heather, Cody, and Nicholas; additional beloved family members: Bill, Lisa, Frances; and his beloved dog, Maggie.

Jim’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice and the physicians and staff of Carilion Clinic for the very special care he received over the years.

A graveside service with military honors will be 2:00 pm Friday, November 20 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road, NW Roanoke.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301; or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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Graveside Service
November 20, 2020

2:00 PM
Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens
5737 Airport Road, NW
Roanoke, VA 24012


Disabled American Veterans
PO Box 14301, Cincinnati OH 45250-0301

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997

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