James Oliver "Jim" Hahn, 83, of Culver, formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN

James Oliver ”Jim” Hahn, 83, of Culver, formerly of Crete, IL and DeMotte, IN, passed away following a hard-fought battle with pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Center for Hospice Care in Mishawaka. 

He was born on November 23, 1940 in Chicago Heights, IL to the late Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn. 

Jim was a 1958 graduate of Bloom Township High School in Chicago Heights.  On September 14, 1963, Jim married the love of his life, Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” Grimes, in Steger, IL.  They enjoyed traveling together, notably visiting all 50 states and 6 continents (missing Antarctica).  Jim and Shotsie’s love for each other remained steadfast until the end.

Jim enlisted in the US Army in 1959 and served three years of active duty in the United States Army Signal Corps.  He was transferred to the US Army Reserve and after faithfully serving his country, Jim received an honorable discharge on May 20, 1968.It was during his time in the Signal Corps that Jim learned the trade of information technology which would become his life’s work.  He had a distinguished 33 year career at NIPSCO and retired as the Director of Information Technology.Jim was a longtime board member and past-president of the NIPSCO Federal Credit Union. 

After retirement, he worked as a consultant for several small businesses.

Jim was a man of Christian faith and a devoted member of the St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN.  His passion for woodworking together with his devotion to serving the Lord led Jim to undertake a very special project for his parish church.  He lovingly created the beautiful wooden frames for the Stations of the Cross and two wooden candle holders for the altar. 

Jim was always active in the Culver community.  He was a member of the Maxinkuckee Yacht Club andCulver Lions Club.  He served on the Culver Union Township Library Board as a board member and past-president.  Jim enjoyed leisure timeon Lake Maxinkuckee, as well as spending time with his friends in the ROMEO Club and at Wine Time events.  Healso enjoyed building and collecting garden scale trains.  Jim was an avid sports fan and supported Notre Dame Football and Notre Dame Girls Basketball as well as the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox. 

Jim will be dearly missed and forever remembered for his infectious laugh and great stories. 

He is survived by:

Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” [Grimes] Hahn, Culver, IN Wife

Timothy (Jeanne) Hahn, Cary, NC Son

Jeff Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Dylan Hahn, Durham, NC Grandson

Judith Hahn, Lisle, IL Sister

William Hahn, Park Forest, IL Brother

Several Nieces and Nephews


Preceded in death by:

Elmer Arnold and Marie Catherine [Gunther] Hahn, Parents

Tom Hahn, Brother


Cremation will take place at Frain Crematory in Winamac, IN.

A Lions Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, IN and will be followed by the Praying of the Rosary.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 AM EDT Friday, April 12, 2024 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Culver, with Rev. Stephen Felicichia officiating. 

Private Burial will take place at a later date at the Momence Cemetery in Momence, IL.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Center for Hospice Care, Culver Lions Club, or St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church.

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Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.