James (Jim) Alfred Baldock age 76, passed away January 1, 2019 at Colmery O’Neil VA Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Jim died of terminal small cell lung cancer.
Jim was born September 3, 1942 in Brazil, Indiana the son of Robert and Ona Baldock. He grew up with an older brother Robert (Bob) and a younger sister Martha.
Due to his father’s employment, Jim attended both Thornton High School in Illinois, and John Marshall High School in Rochester, Minnesota, where he graduated in 1959 at the age of 16. Jim also obtained 5 years of college credits towards earning his degree at four different universities, the University of Maryland, Santa Rosa, Utah, and Colorado while serving in the military. After graduating High School, while waiting to reach Military Service age Jim worked several jobs in the Rochester area. One of these was as a Bellman at one of the larger Hotels that catered to guests visiting the Mayo Clinic that is located in Rochester. He worked these jobs mainly in support of his lifetime passion…CARS! As a teenager of course it was hotrods, in particular his pride and joy, a souped -up Crown Victoria. Later in life it was a love of his Austin Healeys. Jaguars, and Lincoln-Continentals. Other hobbies he acquired and took inspiration from his dad as a young man, was coin and stamp collecting, which he continued to enjoy his entire adult life. Then finally when the time came and Jim reached Military service age, he and 2 of his buddies went to the local recruiting office to sign-up to join their chosen fields of service! Then on March 16,1961 Jim entered the US Air Force to begin his career as an Air Weather Service, Weather Forecaster. Jim served in the Air Force for 11 years, with many stateside deployments across the United States. He also had 2 out of country deployments, his very first deployment was in England in 1962 and 1963, and his next non-stateside was Viet Nam in 1967 and 1968. He ended his service with the Air Force at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado April 28,1972, and decided to make the Springs his home. After leaving the service Jim once again followed his passion and worked in the car business as a car salesman at Sports Car City and then Cars Unlimited, until he bought Cars Unlimited as his own in 1984. With the completion of Boot Camp behind him, Jim went home where he and his High School sweetheart Laurene Geary were married October 28,1961. They were married for his entire Military career, and she was with him in England and all his other state-side deployments. Jim and Laurene were divorced June15,1972, shortly after Jim left the service in the Springs. Laurene survives and lives happily with her husband in Teleford, TN. Rene has always and will always be Jim and my very dearest friend. Jim met and married his second wife Marlene Hoffman in 1973. They were married for 2 years, and divorced in 1975. Her last known location was Colorado Springs, CO. In 1986. Jim and I met in early summer 1976. We dated and fell in love that summer and fall. Jim asked me to marry him just after Thanksgiving that same year, so on December 23,1976 for the third time Jim married Rita (Woods) Corwin. We lived a wonderful life in the Springs until late 1986, when I moved back to Topeka, KS. To care for my aging mother. Jim then sold our home and his business, Cars Unlimited and followed me back to Topeka in mid 1987. After moving back to Topeka Jim worked 2 short seasonal shifts at Jostens, but then found his way back to his only passion – CARS. He went to work for I-70 Auto Auction in 1988, and worked for them in various positions ending up as part of the office family until his failing health forced him to retire in 2018. During his 32 years in Topeka, Jim was an avid supporter of the Eagles Lodge. He was a member of both Aerie 58 and 4319 when it had to change its designation. Jim join in 1988 and continued his membership, working his way up through the chairs to president of the Lodge and The Past Presidents Club. Jim never missed a Friday night, or Saturday night steak dinner until Aerie 4319 closed its doors in 2018. Jim also remained a loyal Denver Broncos Fan until the end, and could never be swayed to root for the Chiefs despite his 32 years here in Kansas! He did love Jayhawk Basketball, and He and I shared a great Love of OUR Royals even throughout their 100 loss seasons, right up to their World Series win, and right back to this once again 100 loss season… Forever Royal! James Was Proceeded in Death By:
His First-Born Son; Rondell Baldock His Parents; Robert and Ona Baldock James Is Survived By:
His Loving Wife of 42 Years; Rita M. Baldock 69, Topeka, KS. His Brother and Sister; Robert (Bob) Baldock 79, of Ackworth, GA. Martha (Baldock) Fellure 72, Loveland, CO.
His 5 Children; Daughter Deborah (Baldock) Ammend 55, Indianapolis, IN. Daughter Stacey Baldock 52, Denver, CO. Daughter Tracey (Baldock) DeVader 51, Aurora, Co.
Daughter Kelly Eisenbarth 49, Topeka, KS
Step Son Casey Breight 49, GA.
His 10 Grandchildren and 15 Great Grandchildren, plus 5 Nieces and Nephews. A Celebration of Life Memorial for Jim will be held at American Legion Post 1, 3800 SE Michigan Ave. Topeka, KS. On January 12th from 5PM to 7 PM. Food, Drink, and Memories of Jim’s life will be shared! Please we ask that no flowers or gifts be sent, that rather you consider a donation to the charity or cause of your choice.