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James Cuidon July 5, 1931 - May 8, 2020

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: Memorial Mass will be held in July 2020. Check back to this website for updated information. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Contributions to Honor Flight www.honorflight.org or the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org appreciated.

Memorial Mass will be held in July 2020. Check back to this website for updated information. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.


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    Heather (Bruce) McDorman says

    Sending my love and sympathies to Mrs Cuidon and Jeannie, Lisa, Scott and Diane. Mr. Cuidon was such a strong and faithful man. Your family is dear to me and will always have a place in my heart.

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    Anonymous says

    Joan, Jeannie, Lisa, Scott, and Diane, we think back to the years on Branridge/Welwyn Ct. as you kids were growing up and babysitting for our kids (Jeannie, Lisa, Scott – Diane, you were too young). Those were great times as we all moved in to Whitney Chase together and shared so many good times. Years later I reconnected with Jim for a semester of a marketing class at Flo Valley, and there became aware of his great photographic skills. Your Dad was a good man; always ready with a smile and an offer to help; a great father, and I’m sure the same as grandfather and great grandfather. Our prayers are with all of you at this time. We hope to join you for the celebration of Jim’s life in July. All our love to you and your families. Joe and Kathleen Thompson

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    Tim Thompson says

    The Cuidon Family was a big part of my childhood. At one time or another all the kids babysat for me/my brothers, (except Diane who was younger than me). Peace and Love to all of you.

    Tim Thompson

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    Sister Joyce says

    Joan, may Jesus’ love and peace surround you.. Jim brought such joy to all he touched.

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    McManus says

    Lisa and Jeannie- our condolences on the passing of your father- Sean and Elisabeth McManus

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