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James (Jim) Edward Bleadingheiser
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Service: Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4 PM
Location: Epworth United Methodist Church, Gaithersburg, MD

James (Jim) Edward Bleadingheiser of Gaithersburg, Maryland passed away at the age of 91 on Thursday January 21st, 2016 after an extended illness.

Jim was born October 31, 1924 in Ravenna, Ohio, the son of the late James Henry and Janet Florence (Johnson) Bleadingheiser.

Jim graduated from Ravenna City High School and went on to earn a bachelors degree at Kent State University and graduate degrees in pharmacy and public health and Ohio State University  and Johns Hopkins University respectively.

During the Second World War, Jim served in the United States Army, 726th Amphibious Tractor Battalion in the Asia-Pacific Theater. For his distinguished service in the battles for Peleliu and Okinawa, he was awarded two Bronze Stars and a Bronze Arrowhead.

After the war, and prior to attending Ohio State University, Jim taught Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics at a secondary school in Smithville, Ohio. 

As a Pharmacist, Jim served in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps for 28 years with duty stations in Chicago, Ill; Perry Point, MD; Rockville, MD; Washington, DC; Research Triangle Park, NC; and Bethesda, MD. Career assignments included out-patient and hospital pharmacy, pharmaceutical manufacturing, radiological health, air pollution control, and personnel administration. In his long and distinguished career, the Meritorious Service Award was the highest of several honors he received.

Jim was married for 56 years to the late Nola P. (Babb) Bleadingheiser and is survived by his three children: James J. Bleadingheiser and his wife Karen, New Bern, NC; Linda J. Bleadingheiser and her husband Jon Kerner, Bethesda, MD; Annette C. Morgan and her husband Rod, Gaithersburg, MD.; and by three grandchildren (Ray, Beth and Zachary) and four great grandchildren (Taylor, Kelsey, Ema and Peter).

The memorial service for Jim will be held at the Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, MD on Friday January 29th at 4pm.  A private interment ceremony will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.

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