James (Jim) George Beaudry, a long-time resident of Plainfield, Indiana, died following a lengthy battle with congestive heart failure at Life’s Journey of Avon Hospice Care Center on June 8, 2022, at the age of 94. Jim was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 12, 1927, the son of Delvina (DeMars) and William Beaudry. Educated in Minneapolis schools, he received a B.A. degree from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN (1949), followed by graduate studies at Laval University in Québec where he received an A.M. in Philosophy (1956), the University of Montreal where he received a doctoral degree in Sacred Theology (1960), an M.A (1970) and a Ph.D. in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1973). Professor Beaudry taught theology at St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN, for several years, ending his rich career in academics in 1996 as a faculty member for 20 years and, during that time, as chair for three years of the Department of French at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Professor Agnes Porter Beaudry, his parents Delvina and William DeMars Beaudry, his sister Mary Lou Beaudry Gannon, brothers Robert and Donald Beaudry, and his half-siblings Odelia Talbot and Cyrilla Talbot, and Homer and Elmer Talbot. He is survived by his three nieces whom he treated as daughters: Shelley (Jose) Laracuente, Iowa; Sandy (Steve) Swanson, Minnesota; and Suzanne (Peter) Graff, Georgia; Rosalie Vermette, Indiana, who is considered a member of the family; his late brother’s wife Gloria (Donald) Beaudry, Minnesota; nephews Tim, Terry and Gerald Beaudry, and a niece Lois. Jim has several other nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and many friends in Plainfield, Indianapolis, and across the country.
An avid gardener, bridge and cribbage player, traveler (especially to France), reader of mystery novels in his later years, and music patron, Jim particularly enjoyed fishing while at the Don Beaudry family cabin on Maple Lake near Alexandria, Minnesota – a passion he developed from an early age fishing with his father. He delighted in everything French, from literature to good wines. Jim was known to family and friends as a kind, gentle, generous man who enjoyed a good laugh and good times with those he loved.
The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation for loving and heartfelt care to the nurses and staff at Life’s Journey of Avon, in particular to nurses Denise, Mindy, Rachel, Kelly, Grace, and Kelsey.
A memorial service will be held later in the summer at Hall-Baker Funeral Home, 339 East Main Street, Plainfield, IN. Memorial donations may be made in honor of Jim and Agnes Beaudry to Miles for Myeloma Fund, Indiana University Foundation, PO Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6460. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.bakerfuneralservice.com