James W. Votaw, age 89, of Portland passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at IU Health Jay.

He was born in Muncie on Aug. 19, 1929, the son of Kenneth and Dora (Sanders) Votaw. He was married Dec. 20, 1952, to Nina Stewart who survives. He served with the U.S. Army and was a member of Portland American Legion Post 211 for 67 years. He retired in 1991 from Teledyne Portland Forge after 42 years.

Surviving are his wife Nina; two sons, Mike Votaw (wife: Barbara) of Panama City Beach, Florida, and Doug Votaw (wife: Glenda) of Portland; one sister, Anne Spear of Oxnard, California; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son Steve Votaw.

Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. in the Baird-Freeman Funeral Home. Private burial services will be held later.

Memorials can be made to the Portland American Legion or choice of the donor.

Condolences may be expressed at bairdfreeman.com.