JAMES ABBINETT James E. Abbinett, 64, of Las Vegas, and formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed away Nov. 28, 2012, after a six-year courageous battle with cancer. Jim was born March 18, 1948 in Terre Haute, to Bette Lee Wells Abbinett and Albert E. Abbinett Jr. Jim graduated from Indiana State University, where he earned a BS and MS in industrial management. Over the last 40 years, Jim has been a private business owner, working lastly in management for Merillat Industries in Las Vegas. He served his country in the U.S. Army
and continued his service with the Indiana Army National Guard. He commanded the Terre Haute National Guard, Company A, for three years. He left the Guard with the rank of captain. Jim's step-father, Dr. Robert L. Garrard, preceded him death. He is survived by his wife, of 31 years, Karyn (Church) Abbinett; daughter, J. Marie Harrod (Mike) of Las Vegas; stepsons, William "Joe" Lydick Jr. (Michelle) of West Terre Haute and Scott Lydick (Sarah) of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two grandsons, Cole Lydick of Terre Haute, and James Harrod of Las Vegas; sister, Suzanne Lindley (Allen); brothers, Jonathon Abbinett of Las Vegas and Kim Abbinett of Terre Haute; and sister-in-law, Drena Copra (Cody Wilder) of Nashville, Tenn. Jim will always be remembered by his family and friends as a great speaker, a great story teller and a great practical joker, but most of all a good man who was a devoted husband, loving father, a caring friend and the best grandpa to his two grandsons. Visitation will be private for the family. Services will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, at Roselawn Mortuary and Cemetery, 7500 N. Clinton St., Terre Haute. Jim would ask, since he is a disabled veteran, that you give a donation to The Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers.