The Times West Virginian


June 13, 2013

James Tackish

James Marvin “Jimmy T.” “Rat” Tackish, 60, of Bellview, passed from this life Monday (June 10, 2013) in his home under Hospice Care after a very brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Fairmont, on Aug. 17, 1952, a son of Betty Posten Takish of Bellview and the late Louis Takish.

Jim was a graduate of Fairmont Senior High, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1969. He served as a top secret security guard (MP) and special security details in the U.S. and the South Pacific. He was a veteran of Vietnam, receiving several commendations and unit awards.

After his discharge in 1972, he owned a bar in Fairmont called The Blue Kaboose while he attended college and worked for Supreme Amusements. He later worked at the Four States Mine No. 20, where he was chairman of the Safety Committee for the U.M.W.A. Local 4060. He later worked for P.E.R. at the Rivesville Power Plant.

He relocated to Bradenton, Fla., where he worked at Tropicana Products as a senior design draftsman. Returning after seven years he worked at Mill Bridge Inc. in Fairmont, a manufactured-housing company, as a design and project manager.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Tackish is survived by three sons, James L. Takish of Fairmont, James Joshua Hardesty of Grant Town, and Jared Scott Tackish of Fairmont; one daughter and son-in-law, Tara Leah Hardesty Ford and her husband Josh of Fairmont; also three grandchildren, Kinsey Hardesty, Riley Ford and Kiley Ford.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Louis Paul Takacs.

Jim’s family would like to thank Hospice Care for their loving care during his illness.

Memorial contributions may be made to Betty Takish c/o Frey Home For Funerals, P.O. Box 895, Fairmont, WV 26555

Friends may call at the Frey Home for Funerals (Addition Chapel), 320 Madison St., Fairmont, Friday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Services will be held in the funeral home Friday at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Melvin Ringer officiating. Interment will follow at the West Virginia National Cemetery with full military honors.

Condolences may be sent to the family at or

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