James Arthur Cuidon
Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church at St. Louis, Missouri at the age of 88 on Friday, May 8, 2020.
Beloved husband of Joan Marie Cuidon (nee Bardon), dear father of Jeannie (Doug), Gluntz, Lisa (Brian) Dickmann, Scott (Jayne) Cuidon, and Diane (Chris) Villani dear son of the late Dolores Hibbits and the late Art Cuidon, dear grandfather of Brad (Sarah) VanderWielen, Tara (Randy) Ragland, Alex (Sarah) Dickmann, Taylor Dickmann, Tyler (Rachel) Cuidon, Jack (Sarah) Cuidon, Shay Cuidon, Sam Cuidon, Emma (Daniel) Bonham, Sofie Cuidon, and Sophia Villani, dear brother of Billie Ann (the late Tom) Shanahan, dear brother-in-law of Don (Alice) Bardon and Gary (Nancy) Bardon, dear great-grandfather of Nathan and Ryan VanderWielen, Brooklyn Ragland, Olivia Cuidon, and Adrian Bonham, dear uncle of Colleen Major, Tommy (MaryPat) Shanahan, Maureen (Jim) Rodella, John (Julie) Shanahan, Jim (Barb) Shanahan, Nancy (Joe) Carlini, Katie (Pat) Hall, Megan (Bart) Cosgrove, Rich (Jan) Bardon, Steve (Dottie) Bardon, Barb Redel, Denise Reinking, Carol (Don) Fogarty, Glen Bardon, Suzanne (Bryan) Buethe, and Nick Bardon.
Jim learned to fly in the Civil Air Patrol at age 14, and discovered a love of planes and flying that lasted his whole life. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Jim retired from McDonnell Douglas after 42 years as a Field Service Representative.
He was also a published photographer, and the Missouri Botanical Gardens was one of his favorite places to take photos. He and Joan also loved to travel and take photos of all the places they visited. He spent many happy hours building model airplanes and painting, and loved spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He also volunteered with Wings of Hope. Jim and Joan were active members of the Catholic Church.
Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Lockwood at Joy, Webster Groves, at 10:00 a.m. Private interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Contributions to Honor Flight www.honorflight.org or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org appreciated.