He was born April 26, 1921 to Sherman and Viola Fern (Watt) Shake.
He was a farmer, livestock hauler and a U.S. mail carrier. James served in the U.S. Army during World War II and received a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Sandborn United Methodist Church, Lyons American Legion Post No. 479 and a 50-year member of Masonic Lodge F&AM.
Survivors include his three daughters, Beth (Fred) Phillips of Cookeville, TN, Kay (T.J.) Ball of Linton and Belinda Atlogic of Oquawka, IL; two sons, Brent Shake of Cookeville, TN and Brad (Robin) Shake of Naples, FL; nine grandchildren: Lisa, Lee, Kimberly, Justin, Adina, Matthew, Justin, Jim and Lisa; two sisters, Helene Davidson of Lyons and Ruth Jane O'Dell of Mooresville; one brother, Harry Shake of Sandborn; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth Marie Shake, on August 8, 2004; one daughter, Karen Shake; two son-in-laws, John Atlogic and Rex Hollingsworth; one brother, Bert Shake.
On May 3, 1947, he married Ruth Marie Heidenreich.
Friends may call at Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton from 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Masonic Memorial Service will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends may also call from 9 a.m. until the hour of service on Monday at Sandborn United Methodist Church in Sandborn.
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. Monday at Sandborn United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Anderson officiating. Interment will follow at Sandborn Cemetery in Sandborn with full military graveside rites. For those who wish to make a memorial contribution, the family has named the Sandborn United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.andersonpoindexter.com