James “Jim” Dwayne Kidwell, Sr.

June 20, 1959 - October 6, 2018

James “Jim” Dwayne Kidwell, age 59, passed away suddenly and peacefully on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at his home in Romney, WV.

Jim was born on June 20, 1959 in Kingwood, WV and is the son of the late Wayne and Jane Kidwell.  He is also preceded in death by his sister, Debra Kidwell.  He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jennifer Buckley Kidwell, his son J.D. (wife Amanda) Kidwell of Romney, WV., his sister, Barbara Faris, an identical twin brother, Joseph (wife Kim) Kidwell, additional brothers; Walter (wife Barbara) Kidwell and Wayne Kidwell, Jr.  Jim also leaves behind the light of his life, his granddaughter, Kali Jane.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews; Joey, Wesley, Willie, Nathan, Corbin, Dale, Leona, Crystal, Rachael, Heather, Amy, Brooke and uncountable friends.

Jim loved the outdoors, people, getting together, his beloved garage and probably topping the list, motorcycles.   Getting on his 1979 Harley FLH and hooking up with his buddies to go for a ride, to nowhere in particular, was one of his larger joys.  Another biggie was music.  When his best friend (his twin Joe) started a band Jim’s enthusiasm was unlimited.  Joe would let him sing a song (or ten) and all concerned had a wonderful time.

A free spirit with a laughing smile who loved life, Jim seldom met a stranger.   There was no telling what a day may bring.  There were occasions when Jim maybe didn’t think things all the way thru and what the results may be.  In the end, it didn’t really matter.  It’s all good.  One of his other favorite pass times was hunting with his son, J.D. and all of his family and friends.  Stories would come home that were often a little “iffy.”  Jim’s love of people resulted in many caring deeply for him.  His legacy of kindness and encouragement to others will be cherished and remembered.

There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Buckley’s ball field on River Rd. from 2PM to 4PM where brief words of remembrance will be offered at 3PM.  (Follow the balloons from Romney to the ball field up River Rd.)  Please come and help celebrate the life and love of Big Jim Kidwell.  Jim’s ashes will be buried at Indian Mound Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the: Kali Jane Kidwell Educational Fund at the Bank of Romney ~ 95 E. Main St. ~ Romney, WV 26757

Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home; 304-822-3511

Carter Wagoner October 9, 2018

15 condolences for “James “Jim” Dwayne Kidwell, Sr.”

  1. Jim had the kindest heart and sweetest soul. He was fun and funny. That’s how I’ll remember him. Jennifer and JD, I am so saddened and sorry for the loss of this big loveable bear of a man. To the entire family I send my love, thoughts and prayers for comfort as you travel this most difficult journey.

  2. Jennifer, J.D., and family – our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We were so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing but hope you will take comfort in knowing that there are many who are praying for you, thinking of you, and there for you to lean on. Praying God’s blessings and peace will help you find comfort in the days to come. God bless you all!

  3. All our thoughts and prayers to the Kidwell family. We will be with you in spirit as your family and friends celebrate your life. Always in our hearts and on our minds as we continue through this life without such a wonderful friend to my dad and our family. You will be missed. Love Terry & Barbara Lewis

  4. What a kind soul. Jim and Jennifer were That Couple, full of love and laughter. Jim was the same, thoughtful and unconditional man who is so loved by many. And, the memories will live on. God Bless Jennifer, as she and her family move forward, while looking back on the life shared, yet lives on in the hearts of those who will always recall their own special thoughts & memories of Jim. My heart goes out to Joe. As a twin, that’s a bond that cannot be separated. Until they meet again….

  5. Jennifer and family we are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our prayers and we are thinking of you at this time of sorrow.

  6. so sorry for your loss, I will be holding the family in my thoughts and prayers for many days!!!! My God give you all the peace and comfort for the days ahead.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family! Jim was always such a kind person as a kid growing up in Rowlesburg.

  8. So so sorry to hear this. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all of his family.

  9. Jennifer & J.D. was so sorry to hear this but will remember the lil get togethers with the Kidwell clan

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